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Symphonic and Concert Bands to Perform in Joint Concert

The University Symphonic and Concert bands will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m., April 18 in the Collins Center for the Arts. The concert will feature works of Ryan Nowlin, Harry L. Alford, Johannes Brahms, Frank Ticheli and William Schuman.

Admission is $12; free with a student MaineCard. Tickets can be purchased at the Collins Center for the Arts box office or at the door prior to the performance. For more information or disability accommodations, call the Collins Center for the Arts, 207.581.1755.

Jason Priest, winner of the Symphonic Band solo competition in December, and a senior music performance and music education double major from Old Town, Maine, will solo on the euphonium in “Rhapsody for Euphonium and Concert Band” by James Curnow.

Faculty member Dan Barrett, who has been teaching low brass at UMaine since 2009, will perform a featured trombone solo in “Variations on Barnacle Bill the Sailor” by Steven Frank.

The evening also will feature the presentation of the University of Maine Alumni Association Black Bear Award to Symphonic Band conductor Christopher White by UMAA board chair Samantha Lott Hale. The Black Bear Award recognizes outstanding service to increase or enhance public awareness of the university in the areas of academics, athletics, arts and/or alumni.

The Symphonic Band is an auditioned group of 45 of UMaine’s best wind and percussion musicians. They perform concerts both on and off campus, including an annual spring tour through the state. They have performed in Symphony Hall in Boston and Merrill Hall in Portland.

The Concert Band, under the direction of Dana Ross, is a nonauditioned group of 45 students who perform a variety of concert band literature throughout the spring semester. They will perform works by David Shaffer, Henry Fillmore, David R. Holsinger and Clare Grundman.

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