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USM School of Music announces fall 2017 season of events, opens with visiting artist Adam Swanson’s Ragtime Piano concert Sept. 19

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The USM School of Music has announced its full lineup of performances and events for the fall semester, including the popular Faculty Concert Series, the Warren Memorial Visiting Artist Series, a collection of faculty-led student ensembles, the 9th annual student-led Music Education Symposium, the annual “Home for the Holidays” gala and more.

Adam SwansonThe fall season will begin with visiting artist Adam Swanson’s Ragtime Piano concert on September 19 at 7:30 pm at Corthell Concert Hall. Swanson is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook and more.

On October 20 and 21, Dr. John Kratus, a leading voice in creativity studies and innovation in music education, will be the keynote speaker at the 9th annual student-led Music Education Symposium. Other visiting artist events include Dr. Arlene Shrut, faculty member of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, for her "Successful Auditioning" and Voice Master Class on October 23, and Mark Gibson, internationally acclaimed conductor/pianist and director of Orchestral Studies at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), for a Piano and Conducting Residency on November 28 and 29.

faculty concert

The popular Faculty Concert Series will begin on September 29 with Kimberly Lehmann, viola and Chiharu Naruse, piano to include works by Schubert, Bach, Bax and Prokofiev. Other faculty concerts include Laura Kargul in Recital - A Night at the Opera on October 13; Barry Saunders’ “Classically Sax” concert on November 3; and the Portland Jazz Orchestra directed by music faculty Christopher Oberholtzer on November 17.

Faculty-led student ensemble productions this fall include the 15th Annual Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert, kicking off the year-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein, conducted by Trae Blanco on the green at Corthell Hall on October 7; “Of Thee I Sing” October 27-29, an all-American political musical satire with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, directed by Edward Reichart; and Lennie and John at 100: USM Concert Band Conducted Of Thee I Singby Trae Blanco, celebrating the 100th birthdays of John F. Kennedy and Leonard Bernstein.

On December 1, the 27th annual “Home for the Holidays” scholarship gala will take place at the historic Corthell Hall, home of the concert hall that USM’s many supporters helped to create, where generations of musicians have learned their craft.

A complete at-a-glance fall 2017 event listing is attached for reference. To view all events in more detail, visit

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