Office of Public Affairs

Nov. 15 — A festive season comes alive at USM - through song, stage and sky


Press Contacts:
Danielle Vayenas, USM Director of Communications, 207-780-4150, cell: 207-239-5715

Maureen Puia, PR/Event Promotions Associate, 207-780-4200

USM School of Music Contact:
Lori Arsenault, Performing Arts Operations and Concert Manager, 207-780-5142

USM Department of Theatre contact:
Janice Gardner, Audience Services & Student Recruitment Coordinator, 207-780-5289 

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The University of Southern Maine School of Music, Department of Theatre, and Southworth Planetarium are all offering events to celebrate the holiday season. Enquiring minds are invited to learn about the history of holiday traditions at a planetarium full dome show, music lovers can enjoy a popular evening of song, and for theatergoers - an original performance of spoken word and dance.

11/24 - 12/30: "Season of Light" full dome show
11/27: USM Chamber Singers, “Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season”
12/6-9: USM Department of Theatre presents “A Winter Idyll...with Spring in Sight”

Saturday, November 24: "Season of Light" full dome show
3:00 p.m. (and various times through December)
Southworth Planetarium, 70 Falmouth St, USM Portland Campus
Tickets: $5.50 Adult, and $5.00 child/senior 

Starting on November 24 with shows ongoing through December, the popular holiday show "Season of Light" returns in full dome splendor at the Southworth Planetarium. NPR'S Noah Adams narrates this omni-dome planetarium program celebrating and observing the history and astronomy of holiday season traditions. The show explores the reasons humans are fascinated with lighting up their lives during the December holiday season and includes: solstice festivals and Santa Claus, the history of Hannukkah and the "Star over Bethlehem."

Tuesday, November 27:Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season
7:30 p.m.
Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High Street, Portland
Suggested donation: $12

The widely acclaimed USM Chamber Singers present their popular Fall concert, “Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season” conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman. The singers in the USM Chamber Singers represent the most outstanding vocal performers at the USM and are chosen through a careful audition process; the singers rehearse 150 minutes each week. The group performs a diverse repertory centered on a cappella literature of the Renaissance Era and the Twentieth Century. They have produced several CDs over the years, and have participated in international tours.

Open seating, tickets can be purchased at the door, or online, or by calling (207) 780-5555.

Thursday, December 6 - Sunday, December 9: “A Winter Idyll...with Spring in Sight”
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Russell Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Tickets: $8 Students, $12 Seniors/faculty/staff/alumni, $16 General public

Inspired by a New England winter, this is an original creation born out of a collaboration between the USM Department of Theatre and the Dance program to celebrate the beauty and magic of the winter season. The performance includes both dance and spoken word, accompanied by live and recorded music to explore the magic of the winter months and the promise of spring. Starting with the beauty of fall, the performance tracks the long months - from the first snowfall igniting child-like joy, to the winter solstice, culminating in the miraculous prospect of spring. It’s a perfect companion to your holiday fare and ideal for the entire family. The show is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit USM Theatre online, or call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151.



Situated in Maine’s economic and cultural center, the University of Southern Maine (USM) is a public university with 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students taking courses online and at campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn. Known for its academic excellence, student focus and engagement with the community, USM provides students with hands-on experience that complements classroom learning and leads to employment opportunities in one of the nation’s most desirable places to live.