Archive for the ‘Arts’ Category

DMC Hosts Natural Science Illustration Workshop

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center is offering a Natural Science Illustration Workshop from July 28 through Aug. 1 in Walpole.

David Wheeler of the Pratt Institute’s Center Extension Campus at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute will lead the workshop, which focuses on using pencils, pens, paints and computers to capture the natural world on paper. No prior art training is required. Wheeler has created life-sized dinosaur models for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and Osaka Museum of Natural History in Japan. His artwork is in permanent collections of museums, universities and marine centers.

Cost of the workshop is $370. Lodging and food are available at DMC for an additional fee. More information, including how to register by June 1, is online.

David Wells Featured Soloist for Jazz Ensemble Concert

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The University of Maine Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Minsky Recital Hall.

Associate professor of trumpet Jack Burt directs the 20-piece big band, which performs music from all periods of jazz, including swing band music, bebop, fusion and funk.

David Wells will be the featured soloist on saxophone. The Maine-based jazz saxophonist teaches at Bates College and the University of Maine at Augusta. He has recorded or performed with Rosemary Clooney, funk pioneer Zigaboo Modeliste and comedian Don Rickles, as well as many Maine jazz musicians and ensembles.

Tickets are $9 or free with a student MaineCard. For tickets, call 207.581.4721. For disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755.

‘Worst One Ever’ to be Performed at Opera Workshop

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ Opera Workshop will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in Minsky Recital Hall.

A feature of the evening will be the modern one-act opera “The Worst One Ever,” written by Gary Belshaw and directed by Christian Giddings. It takes place in a college dorm where three female students express their frustrations.

Nancy Ogle directs the remainder of the workshop, which includes excerpts from “The Mikado” and “Yeoman of the Guard” by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Also included will be “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Albert Herring” by Benjamin Britten and “Der Freischutz” by Carl Maria von Weber.

“The Opera Workshop involves students in all aspects of musical theater production. Admission is $9, or free with a student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call the Collins Center for the Arts, 207.581.1755.

Hallman, Cox Featured in BDN Article

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News reported two music professors at the University of Maine — Ludlow Hallman and Dennis Cox — will retire at the end of the semester, and the upcoming Bangor Symphony Orchestra concert will be their last time working with the UMaine vocal groups they’ve led for decades. Hallman has conducted the Oratorio Society since he began teaching at UMaine in 1970, and Cox has led the University Singers for more than 30 years. Hallman said the two have been through a lot together and have become “very good friends.” Both men spoke highly of UMaine’s music program, facilities and students. “We have great students right now, and I mean that sincerely,” said Cox. “It’s always about the students. It’s always the most rewarding part of any day,” added Hallman.

Symphonic, Concert Bands to Perform at CCA

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The University of Maine Symphonic and Concert bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Collins Center for the Arts.

The 45-member Symphonic Band, directed by Christopher White, recently wrapped up a four-day, nine-performance spring coastal tour. Nine times on the tour, music performance major Blake Peachey of Augusta, Maine, performed “Concerto for Bb Cornet or Trumpet” by Franz J. Haydn. Peachey, winner of the 2014 UMaine Student Concerto Competition, will again play the trumpet solo at this concert. The program will also include two Percy Grainger folk songs as well as “Fantasia in G Major” by J.S. Bach and “Parkour” by Samuel R. Hazo.

The 54-member Concert Band, directed by Dana Ross, will play five selections, including “An Irish Rhapsody” by Clare Grundman, “Amazing Grace for Concert Band” by Frank Ticheli and “Prairie Songs” by Pierre LaPlante.

Tickets are $12 or free with a student MaineCard. For tickets, call 207.581.4721. For disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755.

BDN, Pen Bay Pilot Report on UMaine Symphonic Band’s Vinalhaven Concert

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News and Penobscot Bay Pilot reported on the University of Maine Symphonic Band’s trip to Vinalhaven to perform two concerts. The 45-member instrumental ensemble, which includes music majors and students pursuing a variety of academic disciplines, traveled to the island by ferry as part of their four-day, nine-performance spring tour. Christopher White, who conducts the group, said the trip marks the first time one of UMaine’s top performance ensembles has gone to an outer island to hold a concert. “So many of our kids have never done anything like this,” he said, adding that the annual tour is part of the group’s community service.

WVII Covers Student Art Exhibition

Monday, April 7th, 2014

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine’s 2014 annual Student Art Exhibition, “Be, Do, Make,” that opened Friday, April 4 in Lord Hall Art Gallery. The exhibition features 116 pieces from 62 student artists in a variety of media. Michael Grillo, chairman of the Department of Art and associate professor of art history, credits the university’s new Wyeth Family Studio Art Center with helping students create work. “We opened the new building last September, and what we’re seeing is that there’s an exuberance in the work. We’re seeing the ability to make things on a scale and size which we have not been able to do before,” he said.

SPA Celebrates Musical Vision of Don Stratton

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts celebrates the musical vision of composer, jazz trumpeter and Maine educator Don Stratton during a two-part concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Minsky Recital Hall.

The concert, titled “Pythagoreanism and the Music of Don Stratton,” will feature Stratton’s multifaceted music. A jam session and refreshments will follow.

The first piece is “Ktaadn, The Highest Land,” directed by Dan Barrett. Rich Tozier of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network will narrate passages from Henry David Thoreau’s “The Maine Woods.” Tozier will be accompanied by a brass ensemble, woodwind trio and singers. The second set will showcase some of Stratton’s jazz compositions.

Tickets are $9, or free with a student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call the Collins Center for the Arts, 207.581.1755.

Hartgen Works on Display in Bangor

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The works of Vincent Hartgen, founder of the University of Maine Museum of Art and longtime UMaine professor of art, will be on display at Boyd Place Gallery, 21 Boyd St., Bangor. The show, “Maine Masters,” features works of Hartgen and Arthur Thompson. The exhibit is open daily, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., through May 31. A reception is slated for 3–5 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

More than 100 Pieces are on Display at the UMaine Department of Art’s Annual Judged Exhibition

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The University of Maine’s 2014 annual Student Art Exhibition opens with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 in Lord Hall Art Gallery. Titled “Be, Do, Make,” the exhibition features 116 pieces from 62 artists.

The exhibition features work in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design and mixed media. More than 400 pieces by 125 student artists were considered for entry.

An award ceremony will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Lecture Room, 100 Lord Hall. Andres Verzosa, director of Portland’s Aucocisco Galleries and a UMaine alumnus, juried the exhibition. Awards will include Best in Show, three Juror’s Awards and three Honorable Mentions. In addition, the Department of Art will present more than 50 awards recognizing excellence in studio art, art education studies and art history, according to UMaine art professor James Linehan. The majority of awards will include scholarships totaling nearly $25,000, Linehan says.

Most of the featured artists are students in the Department of Art, with majors in either studio art or art history. However, entries from all majors are accepted and featured in the exhibition.

The Student Art Exhibition has been an annual spring event for more than 50 years. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs until May 2.

Untitled – Dory Whynot: Oil on paper (Best in Show)
Untitled – Dory Whynot: Oil on paper (Best in Show)

 

An Introvert Exposed – Lucy Ericson: Acrylic (UMMA Award)
An Introvert Exposed – Lucy Ericson: Acrylic (UMMA Award)
Study: Roots – Monique Boutin: Acrylic on paper (Juror’s Award)
Study: Roots – Monique Boutin: Acrylic on paper (Juror’s Award)
Ceramic Teapot – Randima Rodrigo: Ceramic (Juror’s Award)
Ceramic Teapot – Randima Rodrigo: Ceramic (Juror’s Award)
Keystone – Mara Bonsaint: Knitted wool (Juror’s Award)
Keystone – Mara Bonsaint: Knitted wool (Juror’s Award)
Beauty in the Dark – David G. Patrick: Digital photograph (Honorable Mention)
Beauty in the Dark – David G. Patrick: Digital photograph (Honorable Mention)
A Closer Look: Dredging, A Closer Look: Underneath – Hannah Berta: Woodblock print (Honorable Mention)
A Closer Look: Dredging, A Closer Look: Underneath – Hannah Berta: Woodblock print (Honorable Mention)
Kap Sap – Seth Politi: Charcoal (Honorable Mention)
Kap Sap – Seth Politi: Charcoal (Honorable Mention)

Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747