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Oratorio Society Concert Dedicated to Memory of Sandy Hook Victims

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms on Dec. 15, conducted by retiring Professor Ludlow Hallman, is dedicated to the memory of those killed during the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The Oratorio Society Concert will be presented with the University Orchestra in the 900-seat Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden, Maine. Kelly Scheetz, soprano, and Justin Zang, baritone, will be soloists.

Brahms’ Opus 45 is a prayer for the souls of the departed. “Brahms’ text addresses those who are left behind, with words of comfort and consolation,” Hallman says. “It is a very personal and heartfelt master work. He envisioned it as a work for all of humanity, transcending specific religious belief or nationality.”

Hallman has conducted the University Orchestra, an auditioned group of 45 musicians, and the Oratorio Society, a mixed choral ensemble of community members and university students. He has also directed the Opera Workshop, chaired UMaine’s Music Department and served as resident director of the New England Universities in Salzburg program — which was the immersion training for students of German. In addition, he has conducted and directed music for multiple operas and musical comedies and served as assistant conductor of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

Admission is $10, free with a student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

UMaine, Community Celebrate with Songs of Season

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Six University of Maine choral groups will ring in the holiday season at the Yuletide Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Collins Center for the Arts.

The University Singers, Collegiate Chorale, Oratorio Society, Athena Consort, Black Bear Men’s Chorus and Euphony will all take part in the UMaine School of Performing Arts’ annual presentation and will join together for a candlelit finale of traditional holiday favorites.

Margaret Radke, a 90-year-old woman from Orono, will be among the more than 200 singers adding their voices to the Yuletide Concert. The 60-year member of the Oratorio Society has been singing since she was 9 years old growing up in Minnesota.

“I had a voice teacher when I was in my 30s who told me I would be singing into my 90s,” she laughs. “I had to prove her right.”

Despite having polio in her throat as a teenager, Radke — who once had a three-octave range — continued to sing. She sang when she attended Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minn., where she majored in biology and chemistry, as well as at the University of California, where she earned a graduate degree in zoology, and at the University of Maine, where her husband, the late Frederick Radke, was a biochemistry professor.

“Music was my outlet and solace,” says Radke, who shared her love of music with her children and grandchildren. Radke’s daughter, Eileen Nokes and son-in-law, Ted Nokes, and their two sons all majored in music at UMaine.

Radke says she cherishes the friendships she developed with directors and singers of all ages during her six decades with the group, and she encourages people throughout Maine who love to sing to join the group. “It’s very open and has dedicated people of varying abilities,” she says.

The Oratorio Society is a mixed choral ensemble of community members and university students; University Singers are members of an advanced concert choir who come from a variety of academic disciplines; the Collegiate Chorale is a mixed ensemble open to all students; the Athena Consort is a select women’s choir; the Black Bear Men’s Chorus includes students, faculty, staff and community members; and Euphony is an innovative contemporary choral group.

Admission is $12, free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show.

Republican Journal Previews UMaine Sociologist’s Conference Aimed at Empowering Girls

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

The Republican Journal previewed a free two-day conference organized by University of Maine sociologist Kim Huisman to strengthen mother-daughter bonds and create zones where girls can thrive. “Strong Girls: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Hardiness in Girls” will be held Nov. 1-2 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

Maine Edge Previews UMaine Sociologist’s Conference Aimed at Empowering Girls

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

The Maine Edge previewed a free two-day conference organized by University of Maine sociologist Kim Huisman to strengthen mother-daughter bonds and create zones where girls can thrive. “Strong Girls: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Hardiness in Girls” will be held Nov. 1-2 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.


Huisman Plans Conference Aimed at Empowering Girls

Monday, October 7th, 2013

University of Maine sociologist Kim Huisman has organized a free two-day conference to strengthen mother-daughter bonds and create zones where girls can thrive. “Strong Girls: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Hardiness in Girls” will be held Nov. 1–2 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, says Huisman, UMaine associate professor of sociology.

SuEllen Hamkins, psychiatrist, co-creator of The Mother-Daughter Project and co-author of “The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds, and Thrive Through Adolescence,” will deliver a presentation 5:30–9:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Following her talk about challenges and successes of mother-daughter groups, those interested in starting groups will have an opportunity to interact. Refreshments will be provided.

Huisman modeled the Maine Mother-Daughter Project that she created after the book written by Hamkins and Renee Schultz. Both aim to foster understanding of societal forces that affect mothers and daughters and seek to create opportunities for them to strengthen bonds with each other and their respective communities.

Lyn Mikel Brown and Dana Bushee Hernandez will present Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) training about creating empowerment zones for girls from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. They’ll also talk about bringing Adventure Girls — a program for girls to meet female role models who defy gender stereotypes — to midcoast Maine. Brown is a professor of education at Colby College, co-founder of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, author of “Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls” and co-author of “Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes.” Bushee Hernandez is the training institute manager at HGHW. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The deadline to register for one or both of the free sessions is Oct. 15. Registration is online. To request a disability accommodation, contact Erica Hughes at 207.338.8034. For more information, visit, and

Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich Highlights Two-Day Celebration of Jewish Culture

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

The North American debut of Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine Oct. 17 will highlight two days of music, lectures and film celebrating Jewish culture and honoring its history.

The two-day event at the Collins Center begins at 7 p.m., Oct. 16 with the documentary, “Defiant Requiem,” honoring the prisoners of Theresienstadt (Terezín) concentration camp. The film by Partisan Pictures focuses on Rafael Schächter, a brilliant young Czech opera-choral conductor sent to Terezín in 1941. In an act of moral courage and defiance, Schächter taught 150 prisoners the Requiem by Verdi, which they performed 16 times. The last and most infamous performance was on June 23, 1944. With only 60 prisoners remaining following massive deportations, Schächter was ordered to perform the Requiem before high-ranking Nazi SS officers and International Red Cross representatives to support the charade that the prisoners were well treated.

Prior to the Oct. 17 concert, there will be a symposium starting at 4:30 p.m., featuring three lectures. Daniel Grossmann, founder and conductor of Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich, will speak on Jewish life in contemporary Germany and the work of composer Erwin Schulhoff, who died in a Nazi concentration camp.

UMaine Professor of History Alex Grab will speak about the artistic life in Terezin concentration camp, where one of his relatives, opera singer Hedda Grab-Kernmayr, helped found Freizeitgestaltung, the organization formed to oversee all aspects of cultural life in the camp. He’ll also talk about composer Gideon Klein, who also died in a concentration camp.

UMaine Professor of Music Phillip Silver will speak on the Nazi’s attempt to undermine and destroy the reputations of Felix Mendelssohn and Gustav Mahler as part of a systematic process to rewrite the historical record and make it conform to the racial dogma espoused by the regime.

The concert by Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich will follow at 7 p.m., featuring Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 12 in G minor, Gideon Klein’s Partita for Strings and Mahler’s Adagio from Symphony No. 10. In addition, saxophone soloist Daniel Gauthier will perform Erwin Schulhoff’s Hot Sonate.

Founded in 2005, Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich, which takes its name from the Jakobsplatz Jewish Cultural Center in Munich, is dedicated to fostering the presence and resurgence of Jewish culture. The ensemble features musicians from more than 20 countries.

Funding for the events comes from the Jewish Community Endowment Associates and the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Maine.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Tickets for “Defiant Requiem are $5; tickets for the Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich concert are $20 and $30. All are available online or by calling the Collins Center box office, 207.581.1755. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact the box office.

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745

Maine Campus Quotes President Ferguson About Communications Summit

Monday, November 12th, 2012

University of Maine President Paul Ferguson was quoted in a Maine Campus article about a new university directory and brand standards introduced by UMaine’s Division of Marketing and Communications.

Bangor Daily News Covers President Ferguson’s Inauguration

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Bangor Daily News covered the inauguration of Paul Ferguson, University of Maine’s 19th president.

President Ferguson Mentioned in Bangor Daily News Article About Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

University of Maine President Paul Ferguson’s inauguration was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News story about Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Promotion and/or Tenure for 29 UMaine Professors

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved promotion and/or tenure for 29 University of Maine faculty members. The professors, who represent the broad spectrum of UMaine academic programs, were nominated by University of Maine President Paul Ferguson after an extensive process reviewing their work in teaching, research and community service. (more…)