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USM School of Music presents "What the World Needs Now: A Burt Bacharach Songbook" with Mary Bastoni

Faculty Concert

Join the University of Southern Maine School of Music on Friday, September 28, 8:00 p.m, for the second concert of the Faculty Concert Series “What The World Needs Now: A Burt Bacharach Songbook” at Corthell Concert Hall on the Gorham Campus.

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

Mary Bastoni, a member of the voice faculty at the USM School of Music, discovered her love for a good melody and a love for singing at an early age. Growing up in Plymouth, Mass., and the youngest of six, she was introduced to music of many genres by her older siblings. It wasn’t until later that Bastoni realized that the music she had come to love through singers like Dionne Warwick was actually the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Bacharach’s career had reached its peak in the early 70s when Bastoni was in her early teenage years. She recalls, “The “me” generation was on the move and so was the women's liberation movement. His lyrics were a contrast to the uprise of equality for women but I believe his tunes remain timeless. This is why I decided to put together this program. We came up with a lovely collection of the songs that take me back to my childhood and of course it allows me to recall one of the voices that helped shape my “pop” vocal style.”

Burt Bacharach, now 90, also wrote the music for the Broadway musical, "Promises, Promises" as well as the movie score for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Bacharach is a Tony and Grammy recipient.

The University offers free parking for evening and weekend events in student or faculty lots.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students.

To purchase tickets, call the Music Box Office: (207) 780-5555 // TTY: 780-5646, or purchase tickets online at