Joyous Sounds of Latin America
Conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman
Williston Immanuel United Church, High Street, Portland, Maine

The USM Chamber Singers represent the university’s most outstanding vocal performers, conducted this season by our visiting assistant professor of choral conducting, Nicolás Alberto Dosman. The group performs a diverse repertory centered on a cappella literature of the Renaissance Era and the Twentieth Century, and this semester will delight us with the joyous sounds of Latin America.

Sponsored by Norway Savings Bank.

Suggested donation is $12 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased in advance online for $12.

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The University of Southern Maine
School of Music
25th Anniversary Scholarship Gala

Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom, Westin Portland Harborview Hotel

Join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the USM School of Music’s annual scholarship gala! Enjoy gourmet food & wine, dessert, a live auction, silent auction, raffle, and live music from our acclaimed music students! This signature event is a kick-off to the holiday season, highlights our School of Music students, entertains hundreds of guests and most importantly, raises money to support our talented young musicians. We’ll celebrate many wonderful memories of this very special night as we Return to the Eastland, where many of our early galas were held.

$100 per person/ $150 per person to enroll on the Host Committee

Black Tie Optional

Click here for more information and a preview of the live auction and raffle prizes. 

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Composers Showcase Concert
Directed by Daniel Sonenberg

Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m.

The USM School of Music presents original student works performed by the Composers Ensemble under the direction of USM's resident composer, Daniel Sonenberg.

The eleventh season under Sonenberg's direction, the Composers Ensemble is a chamber orchestra made up of both performers and composer-performers. Beginning each semester with no music, composers develop pieces over the course of the semester towards a concert of new works at semester’s end. All members are encouraged to write, providing unique opportunities for students to write for a large ensemble, and the chance to hear their works rehearsed regularly and performed, with a focus on intensive education in writing and preparing parts for individual instruments.

The concert is free and open to the public. Open seating.

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Opera Scenes Concert
Directed by Ellen Chickering

Sunday, December 6 at 2 p.m.

The USM School of Music presents the Opera Scenes concert under the direction of Ellen Chickering. Students studying voice performance or music education will perform a variety of pieces from well-known operas, along with piano accompaniment.

Tickets: $8 general public; $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.

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Pane-Funahashi Piano Duo Concert and Master Class
Friday, December 11, 2015, 8 p.m. Concert
Master Class 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Yuri Funahashi and Steven Pane bring a fresh take on the duo piano repertoire with an original transcription of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite and an arrangement of the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos. Also featured on the program is R-Motion: Drosera, a work for two pianos and interactive electronics, written for the duo by composer Jonathan Hallstrom, faculty member at Colby College. In this innovative work, the pianists interact with the computer through various gestural controllers to affect not only audio responses but also three-dimensional surfacemapped video.

Made possible with a grant from the Warren Memoral Foundation

Concert Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $5 students.

The afternoon master class is free.

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Tickets and Reservations:

Faculty and Guest Artist Performances:
$15 general public, $10 seniors and USM faculty/staff, $5 students

Student Ensemble Performances:
$8 general public, $5 students and seniors

For concerts, reservations are always accepted, and payment accepted either online, in advance or at the door. No other fees are charged. Events with special pricing are noted. For some events, we may request advance payment.

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Concert Locations:
Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus at 37 College Avenue. Free parking for evening and weekend events in student or faculty lots.

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