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USM School of Music announces full line-up of Spring 2019 concerts and events

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The University of Southern Maine School of Music has announced the Spring 2019 calendar of events taking place in Gorham, Portland and Westbrook this season. The busy line-up opens on Saturday, February 9 on the Gorham Campus with a free Master Class with the Atlantic Brass Quintet

A musical collaboration between the USM Department of Theatre and the School of Music leads us into March (8 performances 3/1-10) with "Unlock’d," a delightful “modern-ish musical romance” written by a Falmouth, Maine native, Sam Carner. This year March will go out like a Husky (not a lamb) on March 31 when the University Concert Band presents “Applause for Paws,” works inspired by our animal companions.

April will be abuzz with more from the Faculty Concert Series, the Opera Workshop, and visiting artists "Transient Canvas," featuring electroacoustic music on bass clarinet and marimba.

There are many other performances throughout the season. For a comprehensive list and updates, go to the USM School of Music website.

Atlantic Brass QuintetFEBRUARY

Saturday, 2/9, Master Class with the Atlantic Brass Quintet
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Widely acclaimed as one of the world's finest and most versatile brass chamber ensembles, the group has performed in 48 of the United States and dozens of countries across four continents.


Sunday, 2/17,
 Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul: Baroque Pearls and Romantic Gems 
Woodfords Congregational Church, 2:00 p.m.
Featuring Ronald Lantz on violin and Laura Kargul on piano, this performance is co-presented with the Portland String Quartet Society.


USM "Unlock'd" musical theaterFriday, 3/1 to Sunday 3/10, "Unlock’d" (8 performances)
Russell Hall, USM Gorham Campus
A collaboration between the USM Department of Theatre and the School of Music, "Unlock’d" is a whimsical coming-of-age story fusing baroque and classical with pop musical theatre. Think “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” meets “Mean Girls”!

Saturday, 3/2, Faculty Concert Series: Anastasia Antonacos, piano“Celebrating Chamber Music Within Our Communities"
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 8:00 p.m.
This intimate evening of chamber music brings together resident musicians from 240 Strings (Portland, ME) and guest artists from the Portland and Boston chamber music communities; featuring USM faculty member Anastasia Antonacos, as well as alumna flutist Nicole Rabata.

USM Chamber Singers

Tuesday, 3/26, USM Chamber Singers Nicolás Alberto Dosman, conductor
Williston-Immanuel United Church, Portland, 7:30 p.m.
An annual favorite, the widely acclaimed USM Chamber Singers under the direction of Nicolás Alberto Dosman perform their annual spring concert. All proceeds support the Chamber Singers on their Spring 2019 tour to Vietnam.

Thursday, 3/28, Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra Robert Lehmann, conductor/violin
Westbrook Performing Art Center, 7:30 p.m.
The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Lehmann will present their spring concert featuring the director of voice studies at USM, Malinda Haslett, soprano, in the exquisite work of Hector Villa Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras #5.

Sunday, 3/31, University Concert Band “Applause for Paws” Jackie Townsend, conductor
McCormack Performing Arts Center, Gorham, 2:00 p.m.
Join the USM Concert Band as they perform works inspired by our animal companions. From Gershwin’s classic "Walking the Dog" (featuring faculty soloist Tom Parchman on clarinet), to Julie Giroux’s newly released "Our Castaways" (dedicated to rescued pets), this performance will showcase how nature has inspired composers to create wonderful works of art. Donations to local animal shelters will also be accepted at this event!


Friday, 4/5, Faculty Concert Series: Among Friends: Music for Strings and Winds
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 8:00 p.m.
Thomas Parchman, Robert Lehmann and friends present an evening of string and wind chamber music. Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro” for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet showcases the harp in exquisite interplay with this varied ensemble.

Monday, 4/8, USM Youth Ensembles Spring Instrumental Concert
Merrill Auditorium, Portland, 7:00 p.m.
The USM Youth Ensembles perform their annual spring concert, including: Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Robert Lehmann, conductor; Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, Jacqueline Townsend, conductor; Portland Young People's String Consort, Hanna Flewelling, conductor; Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, Ferdinand Liva, conductor.

Saturday & Sunday, 4/13-14, Opera Workshop: P.S. Bernstein, Directed by Malinda Haslett
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, Sat., 2:00 p.m. / Sun., 5:00 p.m.
Let Opera Workshop take you on a ride through time and space as they celebrate Bernstein's Centennial anniversary. Whether in "Peter Pan," "Trouble in Tahiti," or "Candide," let your eyes and ears soar through Bernstein's musical Neverland.

Visiting Artists 'Transient Canvas" Thursday, 4/18, Visiting Artists, Transient Canvas, Featuring Electroacoustic Music
Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus: Master Class/11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Concert/7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public, USM welcomes the duo "Transient Canvas" for a master class and evening concert. Hailed as "superb" by the Boston Globe, and "disarming" by Cleveland Classical, Transient Canvas is elevating the bass clarinet and marimba by commissioning new repertoire that challenges expectations.

Tuesday, 4/23, USM Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Taylor O’Donnell, director
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, 4/27, Composers Showcase, Daniel Sonenberg, conductor
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 4/28, University Chorale and Southern Maine Youth Chorale
State Street Church, Portland, 5:00 p.m.

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.