Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul: From Northern Lights to Southern Nights

Sunday, February 14, 2016, 2:00 PM
Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland

Celebrate the holiday of romance with Lantz and Kargul as they focus on the music of exotic locales north and south, from the fjords of Scandinavia to the beaches of Jamaica and the pampas of Argentina.

The USM School of Music in collaboration with the Lark Society, present violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul in a concert in celebration of Valentine's Day. The program features the third violin sonata of Edvard Grieg and works by Jean Sibelius, Christian Sinding, Joseph Cantaloube, Peter Ashbourne and Astor Piazzolla, among others.

Co-presented with the LARK Society.

Sponsored by Dr. Newell and Tenney ‘79 Augur. LARK Society sponsors are Yankee Ford, and Piper Shores


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Faculty Concert Series: John Boden "Horns-a-Plenty

Friday, February 26, 2016, 8:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Portland Symphony Orchestra principal horn John Boden will present a program featuring the best of Hindemith’s solo works for horn and the wonderful Quartet for Horns. Appearing with John, is pianist Martin Perry and Maine horn players Scott Burditt, Nina Miller, and Sophie Flood. Hindemith created wonderful variety in these four works, while using his familiar harmonic and rhythmic language.

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Graduate Showcase Concert

Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

The USM School of Music presents performances featuring students pursuing master degrees in music.


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Workshop: Enhancing Musicianship Through Creative Listening

Clinician: Dr. Jody L. Kerchner
March 12, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Workshop participants will explore the philosophical, psychological, and pedagogical foundations for thinking about music listening as creative behavior and rationales for including active music listening experiences in PK-12 general music classes and performance ensembles. We will experience first-hand movement and mapping strategies and how to adapt them to participants' music teaching and learning environments. Video of PK-12 students demonstrating creative music listening in verbal, visual, and kinesthetic ways will highlight key points in the session. The workshop will include the experience and creation of lesson strategies for classical, popular, and world musics.

Teachers may earn .6 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) for attending this workshop, for an additional $12. 

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Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness
Book and lyrics by Kevin Murphy
Book and music by Dan Studney
Guest Director Cary Libkin
Musical Direction by Ed Reichert
Choreography by Vanessa Beyland

Main Stage, Russell Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Friday, March 11, 2016, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 5:00 PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 5:00 PM
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:30 PM
Friday, March 18, 2016, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 5:00 PM

Lust! Paranoia! Murder! Marijuana!

Lock up your children… and your spouse! Reefer Madness has descended upon us! (And you’ll have more fun without them!) Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall victim to marijuana, leading them on a downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like Down at the Ol' Five and Dime and the Vegas-style Listen to Jesus, Jimmy, featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This buzzworthy show will leave you with an emotional high!

Includes mature subject matter.

A co-production of the School of Music and Department of Theatre.

Sponsored by Wellness Connection of Maine

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Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, Robert Lehmann, conductor

Friday, April 8, 2016, 8:00 PM
Westbrook Performing Arts Center
471 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook

The USM School of Music presents the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Lehmann in a concert featuring Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 "Choral." Soloists are Elisabeth Marshall, soprano; Margaret Yauger, mezzo-soprano; Martin Lescault, tenor; and Malcolm Smith, bass.

Also featured on the program will be the winners of the 2015-16 USM Concerto/Aria Competition, the USM Chorale, the USM Chamber Singers, and the USM Invitational High School Choir conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman. A major musical event for the School, this concert will be held in the spacious 

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USM Concert Band Conducted by Alan Kaschub

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 2:00 PM
McCormack Performing Arts Center
Gorham High School
41 Morrill Ave., Gorham

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.

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Uhadi, South African Jazz in Concert

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 7:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Uhadi is an all-star group of South African jazz musicians, most of whom are leaders of their own bands and have been fixtures of the South African jazz scene since the 1970's during Apartheid. They were formed in 2014, and toured Europe and the USA in 2015 in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Apartheid's end. The tour included a week of performances at New York's famed Lincoln Center. The members are a virtual history of South African jazz and have performed throughout the African continent and Europe, and appeared on numerous albums both as leaders and as sidemen.

This event is made possible with funds from the USM Gorham Cultural Affairs Committee.

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USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble Directed by Taylor O'Donnell

Monday, April 11, 2016, 7:30 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM

The USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble brings hip favorites to life, under the direction of Taylor O'Donnell. 

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USM Youth Ensembles Spring Instrumental Concert

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7:00 PM
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland

• Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Robert Lehmann, conductor

• Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, John Morneau, conductor

• Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, Ferdinand Liva, conductor

• Portland Young People’s String Consort; Deborah Dabczynski, conductor

This concert features a world premiere composition written for the Portland Young People's String Consort by renowned composer, performer, writer and educator, Andrew H. Dabczynski.

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Faculty Concert Series: Robert Lehmann, violin; Thomas Parchman, clarinet; Anastasia Antonacos, piano

Friday, April 15, 2016, 8:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Bring your passport for an evening of colorful and evocative trios for violin, clarinet and piano that travels the world with School of Music faculty members Robert Lehmann, Thomas Parchman and Anastasia Antonacos.

From the Armenian-inflected, rhapsodic world of Khachaturian’s colorful Trio to the neo-classic, jazz-infused Suite Op. 157b by the French polyglot Milhaud, and Piazzola’s sultry South American tangos. Russia and America are well represented by Shostakovich’s delightful Three Duets Op 97d and Menotti’s lush, neo-romantic trio.

The unique blend of violin, clarinet and piano has afforded these composers an incredibly diverse and colorful palette with which to create these richly diverse and entertaining works!

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Alumni Celebration Concert at Merrill Auditorium

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 5:00 PM
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland

After 35 years of transformative service to USM and the people of Maine, conductors Peter Martin and Robert Russell are retiring. Join decades of grateful alumni returning to perform with them at Merrill Auditorium. The concert will featuring an Alumni Concert Band, Alumni Orchestra and Alumni Chorus.

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Tom Snow Residency Concert

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:30 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Tom Snow is one of New England’s premier jazz pianists. As the culminating performance of a day-long residency, Tom will be joined by USM jazz faculty members, Bronek Suchanek, bass; and Les Harris Jr., drums. Enjoy the Tom Snow trio for what promises to be a very memorable performance.

This residency is made possible with a grant from the Warren Memorial Foundation.

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39th Annual Honors Recital

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Recognizing excellence in undergraduate solo performance, several finalists will be chosen to perform in the 39th annual Honors Recital presented by the University of Southern Maine's School of Music. These musicians, chosen by audition, are some of USM's best and most talented students. They are honored for excellence in solo perfomance and, during the recital, will perform short works with or without accompaniment.

Sponsored by Murray, Plumb & Murray

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USM Chamber Singers "Music of the Living" Conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:30 PM
Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High Street, Portland

The USM Chamber Singers, conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman, perform an eclectic program of sacred and secular music. This concert will feature the music of living composers including compositions by USM students. 

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USM Jazz Ensemble, Chris Oberholtzer, director

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7:30 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

The USM School of Music presents the USM Jazz Ensemble, a 21 piece big band, under the direction of Chris Oberholtzer.

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Composers Showcase Concert, Featuring the USM Composers Ensemble

Friday, April 29, 2016, 2:10 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

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.

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Opera: "The Coronation of Poppea" Directed by Ellen Chickering

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

The USM School of Music presents the students of the "Opera Workshop" class in a full length English production of the opera, The Coronation of Poppea, an Italian opera by Claudio Monteverdi, with a libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello. 

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University Chorale "Chorale Americana" Nicolás Alberto Dosman, conductor

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:00 PM
Woodford's Congregational Church, Woodford Street, Portland

University Chorale's spring concert, "Chorale Americana," conducted this season by Nicolás Alberto Dosman will feature a diverse selection of American choral music from the continents of North and South America.

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USM Youth Ensembles Spring Choral Concert

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

The Southern Maine Youth Chorale, conducted by Rebecca DeWan, and the Southern Maine Children’s Choir, conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman, rehearse at the USM School of Music throughout the year 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.

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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.

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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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