Archive for the ‘School of Performing Arts’ Category

Collegiate Chorale to Take Minsky Stage April 6

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The University of Maine Collegiate Chorale and its Chamber Choir will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Minsky Recital Hall.

Christian Giddings, a UMaine graduate student in music education and choral conducting, will conduct the Collegiate Chorale. Bangor native Clayton Smith, who has a degree in piano accompanying, will accompany the musicians. The chorale is a mixed ensemble open to all UMaine students.

Featured soloists are Lexie Dix, soprano; Rogan Winch, tenor; Rob Gelinas, bass; Dana Douglass, soprano; Peggy Hoare, soprano; and Rogan Winch, tenor. Selections to be performed include “O Radiant Dawn” by James Macmillan; “When Jordan Hushed His Waters Still,” by Stanford Scriven; “The Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre; “Gaudeamus!” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot; and “There Was a Time” by Eric William Barnum.

Cost is $9, or free with a MaineCard. For tickets, call 207.581.1755. To request disability accommodations, call 207.581.1781.

WVII Covers Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert at CCA

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the performance of the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus at the Collins Center for the Arts. The University of Maine School of Performing Arts and the Bangor Daily News sponsored the show, which included 16 UMaine students as guest performers and Christopher White, UMaine Symphonic Band director, as a guest conductor for one piece.

Retiring Professor Takes Part in Faculty Voice Recital

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A University of Maine Faculty Voice Recital featuring retiring music professor Ludlow Hallman and three colleagues will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Minsky Recital Hall on campus.

Soprano Karen Pendleton, mezzo-soprano Marcia Gronewold Sly and tenor Francis John Vogt will join Hallman, a baritone, for a program of music by Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart and Verdi. Pianist Clayton Smith will accompany the ensemble for selections from opera, oratorio and chamber music, featuring various combinations of voices.

The program’s centerpiece will be Robert Schumann’s “Spanisches Liederspiel,” a lively group of 10 songs set to adaptations of Spanish poems compiled by Emanuel Geibel. In celebration of Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th year of birth, the ensemble will perform duets and quartets from “Messa da Requiem,” “Don Carlo” and “Rigoletto.”

Tickets are $9/free with student MaineCard. For tickets, call 207.581.1755. To request disability accommodations, call 207.581.1781.

Chamber Jazz Ensemble Takes the Stage April 1

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The University of Maine Chamber Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Minsky Recital Hall.

Karel Lidral, pianist and director of the ensemble, will be retiring from the School of Performing Arts Division of Music at the conclusion of the academic year. In addition to teaching and directing, Lidral has performed with jazz greats Red Rodney, Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Dennis Wilson, Laurence Hobgood, Jeff Stitely and Chuck Israels.

When he lived in New York, Lidral performed as a regular member of pioneer jazz organ legend Jack McDuff’s quintet as well as with bands of The Temptations, The Fifth Dimension, Wayne Newton and Engelbert Humperdinck and with comedians Sammy Kaye, Red Skelton, Milton Berle and Henny Youngman. For five years, Lidral was a member of the house band on “The Nite Show, with Dan Cashman.” The Lidral Duo is taping a performance on the show this week, which will air on an upcoming Saturday segment.

UMaine students scheduled to perform April 1 are: Cathy Bruno of Hampden, piano; Joshua Hunnewell of Alexander, guitar; Benjamin Dostie of Greene, alto saxophone; Elizabeth Dunbar of Southwest Harbor, flute; Margaret Ker of Winslow, oboe; Chelsea Lord of Belfast, trumpet; Joanna Lynne of Hermon, violin; Rachel Scala of Windham, alto saxophone; and Ethan Manning of Vernon, Vermont, tenor saxophone.

Cost for the performance, which will include selections by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, is $9, or free with a MaineCard. For tickets, call 207.581.1755. To request disability accommodations, call 207.581.1781.

The Lidral Duo to Appear on ‘The Nite Show’

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

University of Maine associate professor of music Karel A. Lidral will tape a performance with The Lidral Duo on “The Nite Show with Dan Cashman” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Next Generation Theatre, 39 Center St., Brewer.

The jazz duo includes Karel Lidral on soprano saxophone and Terry Lidral on piano. Tickets for the taping of the show are free and required; they can be obtained at tickets@theniteshowmaine.com.

The show will air Saturday, April 12 at 10 p.m. on WPXT-TV (CW) in Portland; 11:30 p.m. on WABI-TV 5 in Bangor; and midnight on WAGM-TV in Presque Isle.

Symphonic Band to Perform Free Concerts on Spring Tour

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The University of Maine Symphonic Band will kick off a four-day, nine-performance spring tour April 2.

The 45-member instrumental ensemble will perform four free 7 p.m. concerts for the public on its swing through Maine — Wednesday, April 2 at Bucksport High School; Thursday, April 3 at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport; Friday, April 4 at Vinalhaven School; and Saturday, April 5 with the Bath Municipal Band at Morse High School in Bath.

Christopher White conducts the UMaine Symphonic Band, which includes music majors and students pursuing a variety of academic disciplines. Each fall, membership is determined by rigorous audition.

The band will also perform at five school assemblies during the tour: Wednesday, April 2, at Brewer Performing Arts Center and at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill; Thursday, April 3, at Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor and Oceanside High School in Rockland; and Friday, April 4, at Vinalhaven School.

WABI Advances Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert at CCA

Friday, March 21st, 2014

WABI (Channel 5) previewed the March 31 performance of the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus at the Collins Center for the Arts. The University of Maine School of Performing Arts and the Bangor Daily News are sponsoring the show, which will include 16 UMaine students as guest performers and Christopher White, UMaine Symphonic Band director, as a guest conductor for one piece.

Williams Discusses New Role as Interim Executive Director of the Collins Center with BDN

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Daniel Williams, who was recently appointed to serve a two-year term as interim executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News about his new role within the university. Williams has been a member of the UMaine community since 1986 and was most recently the associate director of planned giving with the University of Maine Foundation. He described the job as perfect. “It combines my passion for the University of Maine, and my passion for the arts. I’ve also spent the last 10 years fundraising for the university, which is critical for this organization.”

Maine Edge Interviews Cox About University Singers Tour

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The Maine Edge spoke with Dennis Cox, professor of music and director of the Choral Music Program at the University of Maine, about the University Singers’ spring tour. Over spring break, the group performed free public concerts in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Cox, who plans to retire at the end of the school year, directs the group. “This group right now is as good as any I’ve had. I’ve been with the Singers for almost 36 years, and it has been amazing,” Cox said.

Fosters Reports on University Singers Performance in NH

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Fosters.com reported on a performance last week by the University of Maine Singers at Dover Middle School in New Hampshire. The Singers performed as part of the middle school’s spirit week activities. They were welcomed by music teacher Rob Finch, a UMaine graduate.