Wren Saunders, bassoon
Friday, September 11, 2015 at 8 p.m.

The USM School of Music presents an evening of beautiful contemporary music for bassoon, flute, clarinet, violin, and harp drawn from the repertoire of Navok, Andres, and Jolivet.

Wren Saunders, bassoon; Krysia Tripp, flute; Thomas Parchman, clarinet; and Judy Saiki, harp.

Sponsored by the USM School of Music Advisory Board

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

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13th Annual Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert
USM Concert Band
Conducted by Peter Martin
Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 1 p.m.

Conducted by Peter Martin, the 13th 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, and an appetite for an old New England treasure.

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

Concert is free; no tickets or reservations are required
BBQ is cash only
Sponsored by ARAMARK

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with the USM Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8 p.m.

The USM School of Music presents an exciting concert featuring USM jazz faculty members, organized by jazz vocalist Taylor O'Donnell, with Bill Street and Barry Saunders, saxophones; Chris Klaxton, trumpet, Christopher Oberholtzer, trombone; Gary Wittner, guitar; Bronek Suchanek, bass; and Les Harris Jr, drums.

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

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USM Wind Ensemble
Conducted by Peter Martin
Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Conducted by Peter Martin, 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.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor(TM) Dreamcoat
Lyrics by Tim Rice - Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Direction by Edward Reichert
Choreography by Jasmine Ireland
Music Direction by Kellie Moody

Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m. and
Saturday, October 24 at 2 and 8 p.m.
    at Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Sunday October 25 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
    at Hannaford Hall, USM Portland Campus

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. A children's chorus made up of young voices from Southern Maine will help bring this Tony Award winning musical to life!

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

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

TM 1991 The Really Useful Group Limited
(R) Technicolor is the registered trademark

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Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Robert Lehmann
Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m.
Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road, Gorham

Featuring student soloists and professional dancers

The highlight of this concert will be a performance of Richard Strauss’ Duo Concertino featuring original choreography by Warren Memorial Visiting Artist, Nell Shipman, the new Artistic Director of Portland Ballet. Members of the Portland Ballet and USM music students Jordan Dube and Kevin Schaefer will be featured. The concert, conducted by USM Professor Robert Lehmann, will also include music influenced and inspired by dance. 

The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra is a full-sized symphony orchestra comprised of USM students and talented members of the community. In addition to presenting the standard symphonic repertory, the SMSO often collaborates with outstanding soloists and choirs for choral orchestral works and fully staged operas.

As part of her residency, Ms. Shipman will present a lecture: The Art of Choreography Friday, November 6 at 11 a.m., Corthell Concert Hall Free and open to the public.

Concert location: Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road

Made possible with a grant from the Warren Memorial Foundation

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors, USM employees, students and alumni

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USM Youth Ensembles Fall Instrumental Concert
Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, Myrtle Street, Portland, Maine

This annual concert, presented at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium, showcases the wonderful talent, skill, and dedication to excellence of southern Maine’s young musicians. The performance includes:

- Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by Peter Martin
- Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehmann
- Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, conducted by Ferdinand Liva
- Portland Young People's String Consort, conducted by Deborah Dabczynski

Sponsored by Macy's

Suggested Donation at the door $8 adults /$5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni, or $8/$5 online.

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Master Class with Daniel Bubeck, Countertenor
Friday, November 13, 2015 from 1:30 - 4 p.m.

The USM School of Music presents American countertenor Daniel Bubeck, who has emerged as a singer of international distinction. Throughout his career Mr. Bubeck has been a featured soloist with many of the worlds most esteemed orchestras, and has collaborated with the worlds most renowned conductors.

In this master class, several of USM's most accomplished vocalists will benefit from Bubeck's critical feedback, and technical and artistic instruction, while the audience enjoys exceptional musicianship at work.

Admission is Free

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University Chorale: Hope and Redemption
University Chorale
Conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman

The USM School of Music is pleased to introduce Nicolás Alberto Dosman, newly conducting and directing the choral activites in the School of Music.

The USM Chorale's Hope and Redemption concert focuses on choral music that addresses these two themes through many musical time periods and perspectives. Sacred music from as early as the baroque period thorough modern art music are incorporated into this concert. Composers featured include: Handel, Tschesnekoff,Thompson, Brahms, Ames, Whitacre, and Dawson. 

The University Chorale, an auditioned ensemble of music majors and other university students, sings a wide spectrum of repertoire from all historical periods.

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors, USM employees, alumni and students.

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USM Youth Ensembles Fall Choral Concert
Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7 p.m.

The USM School of Music presents the annual fall concert of the Southern Maine Youth Chorale (SMYC), conducted by Rebecca DeWan, and the Southern Maine Children's Choir (SMCC), conducted by Paul McGovern. These groups rehearse at the USM School of Music each semester and present a final concert to showcase their talent and musicianship.

The SMYC is comprised of singers in grades seven through twelve and the SMCC is comprised of singers in grades three and up. Both groups audition children throughout the academic year for admission into these fine choral groups. For more information, please contact the Music Box Office at (207) 780-5555.

Sponsored by Macy's.

Donations accepted at the door

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USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Directed by Taylor O'Donnell

The USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Taylor O'Donnell, includes both music and non-music majors. 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 solos.

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors, USM employees, alumni and students.

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USM Big Band Ballroom Bash
Saturday, November 21 at 6 p.m.
Hill Gym, Costello Sports Complex, USM Gorham Campus

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing… and ballroom dance! Journey back to the roaring 1940's on the Gorham campus for an eclectic celebration of jazz and dance, featuring the USM Jazz Ensemble, Portland Jazz Orchestra, and Maria Tzianabos’ USM dance students. Whether you prefer the foxtrot, the salsa, or the cha cha, ballroom dancers of all levels are invited to join in the revelry. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

A swinging good time!

Hill Gym located within the Costello Sports Campus, USM Gorham Campus
$ 20 per person, $35 per couple

Free with a USM student ID, availability is limited so get your tickets early!

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USM Concert Band
Conducted by Peter Martin
Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Under the direction of Peter Martin, the USM Concert Band treats the USM community and the Gorham and surrounding communities to a variety of traditional, modern and popular pieces.

The University Concert Band is a wind and percussion ensemble which is open to all University students through audition. The ensemble focuses on the fundamentals of ensemble performance dealing with a variety of literature.

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

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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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Composers Showcase Concert
Directed by Daniel Sonenberg

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

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 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.

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. When USM closes, events are automatically cancelled. In case of inclement weather, call the USM Storm Line at (207) 780-4800 for information and updates.

Members of the media:
visit our Press Room at: usm.maine.edu/music/press-room.

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

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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