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USM School of Music Faculty Concert Series, September through November 2018

Fall at Corthell Hall

Save these four Friday night dates for live music this September through November! Join the University of Southern Maine School of Music for the Faculty Concert Series, a tradition of performances demonstrating the expertise of the faculty and their professional associates.

Ticket information and the full calendar of events can be found on the School of Music website


Sounds of ChinaSounds of China
September 14, 8:00 p.m. 
Hannaford Hall, USM Portland Campus

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.The concert will be held at Hannaford Hall at the Abromson Community Education Center on the Portland Campus.

Songbook FCS
What The World Needs Now: A Burt Bacharach Songbook

September 28, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

USM faculty musicians present a one time performance of the timeless songs of Burt Bacharach featuring Mary Bastoni on vocals with an all-star band that includes: Alan Kaschub on trumpet, Mike Sakash on saxophone, Christopher Oberholtzer on trombone, Robert Lehmann on violin, Gary Wittner on guitar, George Wiese on piano, Bronek Suchanek on bass, and Les Harris on drums.  

Laura KargulLaura Kargul in Concert, Wild at Heart
October 19, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Pianist Laura Kargul will explore the emotional landscape of several masterworks infused with passion 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,” composed in the throes of unbridled desire and longing for his beloved, Clara Wieck.

 Haslett FCSWomen in Song, The XX Factor
November 9, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Soprano Malinda Haslett (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-fatal inspired recital will feature music and visual art images by trailblazing women, to tantalize both the ears and the eyes. As the new artistic center of the USM voice degree programs, Haslett will take the lead in recruiting students and developing curriculum and standards, as well as teaching private voice lessons.  

USM Faculty Gary Wittner
Gary Wittner, guitar: Too Modern For Me

November 30, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus 

This concert celebrates Wittner's 30th year teaching in the University of Maine System as well as the release of his new cd, “Too Modern For Me.” The cd features eleven original compositions performed by Wittner and the USM jazz faculty. This is Wittner's second vocal CD and features 11 songs written and performed by him featuring an all-star group of New England jazz musicians: Matt Langley (tenor sax), Les Harris, Jr. (drums) and Keala Kaumeheiwa (bass). The songs on "Too Modern for Me" are influenced in equal parts by the music of Thelonious Monk, and the wit of Mose Allison and Dave Frishberg.