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USM School of Music announces full line-up of Fall 2018 concerts and events

The University of Southern Maine School of Music has announced the Fall 2018 calendar with events taking place in Gorham, Portland, and Westbrook this season. The busy line-up opens on Friday, September 14 with the first Faculty Concert Series, “Sounds of China,” at Hannaford Hall on the Portland Campus. October will feature a traditional Outdoor Band Concert as part of Homecoming Weekend on the Gorham Campus and in November the focus moves onto welcoming new faculty in Voice Studies and Concert Band, as well as the USM Youth Ensembles. The School of Music will celebrate the holiday season in December with the USM Chamber Singers and the 28th Annual School of Music Scholarship Gala.

Alan Kaschub, USM School of Music director said, “The faculty, staff and students of the USM School of Music are eager to start the semester. We are pleased to be working with new partners as we welcome new students and new faculty, and together we will present dozens of exciting events, both on campus and off.”

Below are the USM School of Music Fall 2018 concerts and events at a glance. There are many other performances throughout the season, go to the USM School of Music website for a comprehensive list and updates.


Friday, 9/14, FACULTY CONCERT SERIES, Sounds of China
Hannaford Hall, Portland Campus, 8:00 p.m.
USM faculty join familiar friends and Boston based erhu player Zhantao Lin in a musical journey to China. This concert will feature works by Chinese composers for western instruments as well as traditional Chinese music performed on erhu. Sponsored by Confucius Institute at USM.

Friday, 9/28, FACULTY CONCERT SERIES, What The World Needs Now: A Burt Bacharach Songbook
Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus, 8:00 p.m.
The USM School of Music proudly presents faculty musicians in a one-time performance of the timeless songs of Burt Bacharach, featuring Mary Bastoni on vocals with an all-star band.


Outdoor Band convert

Saturday, 10/13, Piano Master Class with Inon Barnatan
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
In a collaboration with Portland Ovations, this master class presents USM piano majors performing for critical feedback from Inon Barnatan, guest artist with Portland Ovations. An Israeli native, Barnatan’s superior playing and penetrating musicianship results in regular appearances with the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, 10/13, Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert
On the green in front of Corthell Concert Hall, 1:00 p.m., free
USM Homecoming Weekend will feature a traditional New England outdoor concert on the green outside of Corthell Hall, on the Gorham Campus with the USM Concert Band and new Director of Bands, Dr. Jackie Townsend.

Friday, 10/19, FACULTY CONCERT SERIES, Laura Kargul in Concert: Wild at Heart
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 8 p.m.
Pianist Laura Kargul will explore the emotional landscape of several masterworks infused withpassion and drama. The program includes Mozart’s playful yet heartfelt Twelve Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman”; Liszt’s ardent “Sposalizio” and brilliant opera paraphrase, “Réminiscences de Lucia di Lammermoor”; and Schumann’s magnum opus, the “Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17.” Sponsored by University Credit Union.

Saturday,10/20, 10th Annual Northern New England Collegiate Symposium on Music Education
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Peter Webster ‘69, scholar-in-residence at the University of Southern California, professor emeritus (and former associate dean) of Music Education at Northwestern University, and the recipient of music education’s highest honor in 2014, will offer three sessions addressing Music & Creativity, Music Teacher Creativity, and Engaging Student Creativity in Music Learning. Additional sessions led by creative music education practitioners will be offered throughout the day.  

Friday - Sunday, 10/26-28, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, Fri/Sat 8:00 p.m., Sun: 2:00 p.m.
This stunning new musical is part concert, part exhibition, part poetry jam, part performance intricately woven collection of stories that re-imagines what the modern American musical can be. Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver, Based on Photographs by Matthew Murphy, Directed by Edward Reichert. 35mm: A Musical Exhibition is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Faculty Concert SeriesNOVEMBER

Friday, 11/9, FACULTY CONCERT SERIES Women in Song, The XX Factor with soprano Malinda Haslett
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 8 p.m.
Soprano Malinda Haslett, the new artistic center of the USM voice degree programs, (Berlin Konzerthaus, L’opéra on Plein Air, Atlanta Opera) and Conductor Timothy Long (Aspen Music Festival, Juilliard School, NY City Opera) come together to present "Women in Song, The XX Factor." This mixed media, femme-fatale inspired recital will feature music and visual art images by trailblazing women, to tantalize both the ears and the eyes.

Saturday, 11/10, Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, Robert Lehmann, conductor
Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 2:00 p.m.
The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra presents their fall concert at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center and will feature the famous Brahms Violin Concerto performed by violinist Robert Lehmann, also the group's conductor. That segment of the program also features graduate conducting associate, Ben David Richmond.

Sunday, 11/4 University Concert Band, Jackie Townsend, Conductor
McCormack Performing Arts Center,  2:00 p.m.
USM School of Music welcomes the new Director of Bands, Dr. Jackie Townsend, at the Fall concert of the University Concert Band. As the director of bands, Townsend will be conducting the University Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band, as well as teaching courses in instrumental music education and instrumental conducting.

Wednesday, 11/14, USM Youth Ensembles Fall Instrumental Concert
Merrill Auditorium, Portland, 7 p.m.
The USM Youth Ensembles, Portland's outstanding regional youth music performance program, will perform their annual Fall instrumental concert including the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, the Portland Young People's String Consort, and the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra.

Sunday, 11/18, USM Youth Ensembles Fall Choral Concert
State Street Church, Portland, 3:00 p.m.
The two choral groups of the acclaimed USM Youth Ensembles present their fall concert at State Street Church in Portland. The Southern Maine Youth Chorale conducted by Rebecca DeWan is comprised of singers grades 7-12, selected through an audition and voice screening process. The Southern Maine Children's Choir conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman is comprised of treble voices grades 4 and up.

Sunday, 11/18, University Chorale, Nicolás Dosman, Conductor
State Street Church, Portland, 5:00 p.m.
The University Chorale presents their fall concert under the direction of Nicolás Albert Dosman.  

Tuesday, 11/27, Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season, USM Chamber Singers 
Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High Street, Portland, 7:30 p.m.
The USM Chamber Singers present their popular Fall concert, Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season, conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman.

Friday, 11/30, FACULTY CONCERT SERIES “Too Modern For Me” Gary Wittner, guitar
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 8:00 p.m.
Celebrating the release of Gary’s new CD, “Too Modern For Me,” this concert features eleven original compositions performed by Gary and the USM jazz faculty and also celebrates his 30th year teaching in the University of Maine System.

Winter at Corthell HallDECEMBER

Saturday, 12/1 Composers Showcase Featuring the Composers Ensemble, Daniel Sonenberg, director
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 8 p.m.
The USM Composers Ensemble, ranging in size from 10-30 musicians, begins each semester with no music, and a different combination of instruments and players than the last semester. Under the encouragement, instruction and inspiration of Daniel Sonenberg, resident composer and director of the ensemble, compositions are read and rehearsed throughout the semester, culminating in a concert of original works by semester's end. 

Tuesday, 12/4 University Jazz Combos Concert
One Longfellow Square, Portland, 7 p.m.
Student jazz combos directed by USM Jazz Faculty members. This show will include performances from both instrumental and vocal jazz combos.

Friday, 12/7 28th Annual School of Music Scholarship Gala
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 7:00 p.m.
Save the Date for the 2018 USM School of Music Celebration! The 2018 School of Music Scholarship Gala will take place in the historic Corthell Hall on the Gorham campus, the building where generations of musicians have learned their craft. The public is invited to attend and help celebrate, inspire, and support the scholarships that bring wonderful students to USM.

Saturday, 12/8 Opera Workshop: Shakespeare & Co: Songs, Sonnets, and Scenes
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 8:00 p.m.
USM Opera Workshop, directed by Malinda Haslett, presents Shakespeare & Co: Songs, Sonnets, and Scenes.

Tickets may be purchased online, or call the Music Box Office: (207) 780-5555 // TTY: 780-5646.

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