Old Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert
USM Concert Band
conducted by Trae Blanco 

Saturday, October 1 at 1 p.m.
On the green outside of Corthell Hall,
USM Gorham (inclement weather site:
Brooks Student Center or TBD)

Sponsored by Sodexo

The 14th annual Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert kicks off with a barbecue picnic at noon, available at old-fashioned prices! Bring the whole family, the lawn chairs, an appetite for an old New England treasure, and welcome our new director of bands, Trae Blanco.

On the green outside of Corthell Hall, USM Gorham (inclement weather site: Brooks Student Center or TBD)

Concert is free, tickets not needed; BBQ is cash only

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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FACULTY CONCERT SERIES
Laura Kargul in Concert:
Composers on the Edge

Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall
USM Gorham Campus

Sponsored by Dr. Dahlia and Arthur L. Handman

Internationally acclaimed pianist Laura Kargul will explore the deep emotions portrayed by great composers. The young Bach’s Capriccio on the Departure of His Beloved Brother is a rare and moving testament to fraternal love. Longing, obsession and passion for Clara Wieck pour from Schumann’s Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor. And Ravel’s La Valse is a breathtaking depiction of late 19th century Viennese decadence,
culminating in a frenzy of manic depravity. Fasten your
seatbelt.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and USM alumni, and $5 for students. Purchase tickets online at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice, or by calling 207-780-5555.

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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USM Wind Ensemble
Conducted by Trae Blanco

Sunday, October 23 at 2 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall
USM Gorham Campus

Conducted by Trae Blanco, USM's new director of bands, the USM Wind Ensemble is an acclaimed collection of students who have established a tradition of performing chamber and large instrumentations, traditional or experimental combinations, and early through contemporary literature.

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

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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Avenue Q - the Musical

Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Orchestration and Arrangements by Stephen Oremus
Directed by Edward Reichert

Performances Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m,
Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.,
and Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m.

Co-sponsored by
Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution and Richard & Edna Krull

Winner of the Tony Award(R) “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart.

WARNING: Full Puppet Nudity! (Parental discretion advised)

Featuring the naughtiest puppets in town, AVENUE Q will bring hilarity & life by the USM School of Music ensemble cast of 20 performers. Q is a TONY Award-winning musical about growing up, dreaming big, and finding your purpose in life. You'd be a muppet to miss it! There is Full Puppet Nudity. AVENUE Q is great for teens because it's about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children - therefore Parental discretion is advised.

Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and USM alumni, and $5 for students. Purchase tickets online at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice, or by calling 207-780-5555.

Avenue Q is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 42 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Tel: (202) 541-4684, Fax (212) 397-4684  www.MTIShows.com 
 
The world premiere of AVENUE Q was presented by the Vineyard Theatre and The New Group, New York City, February 2003. AVENUE Q premiered on Broadway at the Golden Theater on July 31, 2003, produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group
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Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Robert Lehmann

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road

Conducted by USM professor Robert Lehmann, the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra will present their fall concert at Gorham Middle School and will feature the USM School of Music's newest faculty member, voice professor Mariana Mihai-Zoeter.

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors and USM alumni. 

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.


Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road
$8 general public, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

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USM Youth Ensembles Fall Instrumental Concert

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland, Maine
Suggested donation of $8 adult, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.

Featuring performances by the:

Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Lehmann,
Portland Youth Wind Ensemble conducted by Trae Blanco
Porltand Young Peoples String Consort conducted by Deborah Dabczynski
Portland Youth Junior Orchestra conducted by Ferdinand Liva

The Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra is made up of more than 70 musicians, ranging in age from 11 to 18. Established in 1942, the PYSO has grown into a pre-professional program of high caliber, which challenges its members with a diverse repertory of orchestral literature.

The Portland Youth Wind Ensemble began out of a need in the greater Portland area for a select wind ensemble for talented young wind players. It is dedicated to refining concert techniques through a sophisticated repertoire of wind and band literature. The principal chair musicians are also members of PYSO.

The Portland Young People’s String Consort gives beginning string players a chance to become familiar with playing in an ensemble situation, following a conductor, and gaining formal concert experience. Established in 1979, the PYPSC offers adjunct support to string programs in Maine schools.

The Portland Youth Junior Orchestra is an intermediate-level string orchestra, which has as its primary goal to train its players to move into the PYSO. It stresses the building of solid fundamental orchestral skills, improvement in sight-readiing ability, and presents members with challenging and varied repertory.

Sponsored by Macy's

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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USM Big Band Ballroom Bash

Portland Jazz Orchestra & USM Jazz Ensemble, directed by Chris Oberholtzer
Professional Ballroom Dancers & USM Dance students, directed by Maria Tzianabos

6 p.m. Dance Lesson
7 p.m. Live Music and Dancing

Celebrate Veteran’s Day Weekend with us in USO style! Ballroom dancers of all levels are invited. Food and drink available for purchase. Admission: $25 individual, $30 per couple. Veterans and Students with USM ID are free.

Presented by Department of Athletics, School of Music, Department of Theatre, Department of Campus Life.

Sponsored by University Credit Union

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The Paul Dresher/Joel Davel Invented Instrument Duo

November 13, 2016
2:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Performing on two extraordinary invented musical instruments - the four stringed & fifteen foot long Quadrachord and the electronic magic of the Marimba Lumina - Dresher and Davel create lush textures and rhythmically propulsive grooves that fascinate both the ear and the eye. Through the magic of live digital looping, this electro-acoustic duo creates a complexity of layers that rivals the richness of much larger ensembles and orchestras.

With it’s 14 foot long steel strings, the Quadrachord might look like an extreme electric guitar but in addition to being plucked like a guitar, it can be bowed like a cello, played like a slide guitar, prepared like a piano and hammered on like a percussion instrument.

The Marimba Lumina is invention by renowned synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla in collaboration with Joel Davel and Mark Goldstein. It is a sophisticated electronic instrument modeled after its acoustic namesake, but it offers a much more complex and sophisticated means of triggering and manipulating electronic and acoustically generated sounds.

The Dresher/Davel duo has performed extensively throughout the United States at venues including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie/Zankel Hall, Bard College, Symphony Space, UT Austin, UC San Diego, Detroit Institute of Art, Roulette Intermedium, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. As an added highlight at all of the duo’s performances, at the end of each concert, the audience is invited on stage to explore the instruments on their own and in interaction with the two artists.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students. Purchase tickets online at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice, or call the USM Music Box Office at (207) 780-55553.

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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University Chorale: Choral Jubilation Concert - Conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
State Street Congregational Church, 159 State Street, Portland
$8 general public, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

This concert will feature triumphant choral repertoire from various musical perspectives. The University Chorale will open with a Brazilian piece and close with an exuberant gospel selection. Composers to be featured on this concert include: Jeffrey Ames, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ola Gjielo, Anton Bruckner and others. Graduate student conductors include Nell Britton and Christopher Pelonzi.

The University Chorale is a choral ensemble for mixed voices open to all University students through audition. The group sings repertoire from all historical periods. The purposes of the ensemble are to develop musical expression and precision of intonation and rhythm and to promote the musical development necessary for excellence in ensemble singing.

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble Directed by Taylor O'Donnell

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
$8 general public, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

The USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble includes both music and non-music majors, directed by Taylor O'Donnell. The ensemble will perform intricate arrangements of jazz standards, as well as pieces written specifically for vocal jazz ensembles. Per the ensemble’s custom, the performance will include improvised vocal solo.

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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USM Youth Ensembles Fall Choral Concert

Featuring two choral groups:
Southern Maine Youth Chorale, conducted by Rebecca DeWan
Southern Maine Children’s Choir, conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman

The Southern Maine Youth Chorale is comprised of singers grades 7-12, selected through an audition and voice screening process. Singers possess a variety of attributes such as, talent, musicianship, vocal skill, singing experience, and a serious interest in singing choral music.

Southern Maine Children's Choir members, treble voices grades 4 and up, are children with an interest in and love of singing. They work specifically on maintaining proper pitch, a pleasant tone quality, maintaining their own part when singing in harmony, and developing their tonal memory.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Free will donations accepted at the door.

Sponsored by Macy’s

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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USM Jazz Ensemble Directed by Christopher Oberholtzer

Friday, November 18, 2016
8:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors, USM employees, students and alumni.

The USM Jazz Ensemble, directed by Christopher Oberholtzer is a student group that epitomizes the “big band” sound. The ensemble's performances feature classic tunes from bands such as the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Stan Kenton Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Orchestra, as well as more contemporary jazz compositions.

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142,loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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Graduate Showcase

Saturday, November 19, 2016
8:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall
Free

The USM School of Music is proud to present a special concert showcasing our graduate students--students pursuing masters degrees in music. Admission is free. (Photo: Nell Britton '15, piano)

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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USM Concert Band Conducted by Trae Blanco

Sunday, November 20, 2016
2:00 PM
Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road
$8 general public, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

The USM Concert Band conducted by Trae Blanco performs their annual fall concert at Gorham Middle School on 106 Weeks Road.

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season: USM Chamber Singers Conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
7:30 PM
Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High Street, Portland
$12 suggested donation

The USM School of Music presents the acclaimed USM Chamber Singers under the direction of Nicolás Alberto Dosman in a seasonal fall favorite concert, "Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. onTuesday, December 1 at Williston-Immanuel United Church at 156 High Street in Portland. The suggested donation at the door is $12; tickets can also be purchased in advance at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice.

The concert is sponsored by Norway Savings Bank.

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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Warren Memorial Visiting Artist Series: Barkada Sax Quartet

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
7:30 PM
Corthell Concert Hall
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and USM alumni, and $5 for students.

The Barkada Saxophone Quartet, prizewinner of the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competion, will team up with USM School of Music faculty member Anastasia Antonacos to premiere a new piano quitet by David Martyniuk. A free master class/workshop by the quartet will be presented earlier in the day.

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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Composers Showcase directed by Michele Kaschub

Saturday, December 3, 2016
8:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Free

Featuring the USM Composers Ensemble directed by Michele Kaschub, the Composers Ensemble begins each semester with no music to play. All members are encouraged to begin writing to prepare for this concert, when every piece performed will be a world premiere. Students have an amazing opportunity to be the performers and the composers, understanding first-hand their composition in the hands of a small chamber orchestra.

Admission is Free.

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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Jazz Improvisation Weekend Final Concert Featuring Graham Breedlove, Trumpet

Sunday, December 11, 2016
8:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
$15 general public; $10 seniors/USM employees/alumni; $5 students

As a finale to the Jazz Improvisation Weekend for High School Musicians, this will be a public concert featuring guest artist and featured trumpeter with the U.S. Army Blues, Graham Breedlove, who will join members of the USM Faculty Jazz Ensemble. USM artist faculty include Chris Oberholtzer, trombone; Barry Saunders, saxophones; Chris Klaxton, trumpet and piano; Gary Wittner, guitar; Bronek Suchanek, bass; Less Harris Jr., drums; and Taylor O'Donnell, vocals.

Featured soloist with the U.S. Army Blues, trumpeter Graham Breedlove is one of our country’s most sought after performers and clinicians. To learn more about Graham’s background, please visit www.grahambreedlove.com

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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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 require advance payment.

Concert Cancellations:
Concert cancellations and other changes to event listings will be noted on our website at usm.maine.edu/music, and we will make every attempt to notify those who have made reservations of cancellations or changes to dates or times. When USM closes for any reason, events are automatically cancelled. In case of inclement weather, call the USM Storm Line at (207) 780-4800 for information and updates.

Reservations, Refunds and Exchanges
We allow reservations, refunds and exchanges within reason, so please do not hesitate to purchase your ticket in advance. We appreciate knowing that you are coming. However, if you must make a change of plans, please give us at least 24 hours to resell your ticket, and please avoid requesting a refund for any concert that has already passed.
  
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.

Find a more complete calendar of concerts and events at usm.maine.edu/music/events

If you prefer to see a list of concerts arranged by type, click here:
usm.maine.edu/music/concertseries


Additional Information:
For more information and access inquiries, Call the Music Box Office, (207) 780-5555, or write to loria@maine.edu. In case of inclement weather, call the USM storm line, (207) 780-4800, or visit usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice.

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