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Sept. 10, 2019 — Lehmann duo opens USM Faculty Concert Series; Resinosa Ensemble premieres Sonenberg's work


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Lehmann duo opens USM Faculty Concert Series; Resinosa Ensemble premieres Sonenberg's work 

The University of Southern Maine School of Music (SoM) opens the Fall Faculty Concert Series on Friday, September 27, 8:00 p.m., at the Corthell Concert Hall with “Let’s Duet - Intimate Conversations for Two”. The evening features Dr. Robert Lehmann, USM professor of music and director of strings and orchestral activities, playing violin, and his wife, Kimberly, on viola performing works written for this most 'distilled' form of chamber music, the duo. The conversational possibilities between the violin's soprano and the viola's alto voices have resulted in a wide array of exceptional works.

The Lehmann duo will also be joined by pianist Martin Perry for a performance of the rarely heard "Trio" for piano, violin and viola by the 11-year-old Mendelssohn, and Max Bruch’s rhapsodic concerto for violin, viola and orchestra. Also on the program, the quirky "Capricci" for violin and viola by Norwegian Bjarne Brustad, Emil Kreutz's first duo and Shostakovich’s "Three Duets" for violin, viola and piano. 

Performing duo programs all over Maine, Mexico, and Europe; most recently in Polenz and Mainz, Germany, the Lehmanns started their duo partnership long before they married and even busked on the streets for extra spending money. Over the years, they have added to their repertory and enjoy creating programs that balance established violin/viola duos with new works and creative arrangements of everything from Bach's two-part inventions to tangos. 

Read more about the performers and the full program at the School of Music website.


Sunday, 9/29: Resinosa Ensemble Master Class and Concert, 2:00 p.m. concert
Free master class at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and USM alumni, and $5 for students.

On Sunday, September 29, the Resinosa Ensemble will present a master class (10:00 a.m) and concert (2:00 p.m.) at Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham Campus. The concert will feature newly composed works by three Maine composers as well as other musical gems. The visit is sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation. 

USM faculty composer Daniel Sonenberg's new work "Beauty is Not Enough," will be performed as a world premiere. It is a cycle of six songs on texts by Maine native Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The Resinosa Ensemble consists of mezzo-soprano Joëlle Morris, cellist Eliza Meyer, and pianist Bridget Convey. Presenting music for piano, cello and voice, their 2019-2020 season titled "American Reflections," features American composers and poets. 

The performance will showcase works by André Previn, Lukas Foss, Bunita Marcus, and Maine composers Richard Nelson and Nancy Gunn. Read more about the full program at the School of Music website.

Purchase tickets online at, or by calling 207-780-5555.

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in these programs, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.


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.