Jack Burt, an associate professor of music at the University of Maine, performed with the European Brass Ensemble in Carinthia, Austria and Merano, Italy earlier this month. Burt, who plays trumpet, also visited the Gustav Mahler Composition Hut on the Wörthersee, where Mahler composed Symphony No. 5 through Symphony No. 9. Professor Thomas Clamor directs the 50-piece European Brass Ensemble composed of students and professionals from 15 different countries.
The Penobscot Bay Pilot reported the University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ 2013 production of “Spring Awakening” was named a New England Theatre Conference Moss Hart Memorial Award winner. Craig Ouellette, a former UMaine graduate student and current Camden-Rockport Middle School music teacher, was the play’s musical director.
The Bangor Daily News previewed the two-day celebration of Jewish culture slated at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. The North American debut of Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich on Oct. 17 will highlight two days of music, lectures and film celebrating Jewish culture and honoring its history. The event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, with the documentary “Defiant Requiem,” honoring the prisoners of Theresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp.
The University of Maine’s Collins Center for the Arts and University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor were both cited in a MarketWatch column, titled “Retire here, not there: Maine.” Both facilities were included as affordable and culturally rich benefits of retiring in Maine.
University of Maine School of Performing Arts dance students present “Emerging Dance” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in Minsky Recital Hall on the Orono campus. The performance will highlight works in progress and feature a variety of dance styles and student choreography. Admission is free. For disability accommodations, contact the School of Performing Arts, 207.581.1781.
The St. John Valley Times previewed the “Dear Darwin” concert at the University of Maine at Fort Kent performed by UMaine Music Department members Nancy Ellen Ogle and Ginger Yang Hwale. The show is a set of 26 songs composed by Scott Brickman, UMFK music professor, and set to poetry by Kathleen Ellis, a University of Maine English faculty member, and accompanied by visual images by Susan Groce, UMaine art professor.
On Oct. 8, professor of music Phillip Silver is expected to be interviewed on CIUT-FM 89.5 in Toronto for the radio program “Classical Underground.” Silver will discuss his most recent CD, the chamber music of Bernhard Sekles, that was released on the Toccata Classics label in London. The interview with Philip Conlon, the brother of the renowned conductor James Conlon, will be one segment in a program that runs from noon to 2 p.m. Silver’s next CD on the Toccata Classics label, scheduled for a late summer 2014 release, will feature the music of James Simon, a Berlin-born and based composer who died in Auschwitz in 1944. On Oct. 19, the Silver Duo performance in Minsky Hall will feature what may be the American premiere of the “Cello Sonata” by James Simon.
The University of Maine Pride of Maine Marching Band will perform during pregame and halftime of Hermon High School’s Sept. 20 football game with Camden Hills Regional High School. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m. The host Hawks’ contest with the Windjammers kicks off at 7 p.m.
Christopher White directs UMaine’s Pride of Maine Marching Band, which includes 88 musicians, dancers and majorettes.
“We are excited to return to Hermon,” says White. “Playing in the local community is always a rewarding experience. In fact, it is somewhat of a homecoming event for one of our band members who is a Hermon High School alumna.”
UMaine dance team member Morgan Robinson, a sophomore early childhood education major, graduated in 2012 from Hermon High School.
The UMaine band’s halftime “Fire and Ice” show features fire batons, kick lines and dancing musicians.
The band is one of the music ensembles within UMaine’s School of Performing Arts. It plays at major university events and football games and makes special guest appearances, including performing at the American Folk Festival in Bangor.
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts music faculty will present its annual Cadenzato concert featuring small vocal and music ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Minsky Recital Hall on the Orono campus. Admission is $9, or free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call the Collins Center for the Arts, 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour before the show.
Music, theatre and dance performances by accomplished faculty, students and guest artists are among the fall events to be presented by the University of Maine School of Performing Arts.
The season opens Sept. 20 with a “Dear Darwin” concert with music faculty members Nancy Ellen Ogle and Ginger Yang Hwalek.
On Oct. 27, for the first time, the Jazz Ensemble will join the University of Maine Symphonic band for a concert at the Collins Center for the Arts.
Mary Zimmerman’s November play “Metamorphoses” promises to be a splash; much of it will take place in a large swimming pool on the Hauck Auditorium stage. The play is based on the classic Ovid poem, “Metamorphoses.”
More than 100 vocalists will sing in the annual Yuletide Choral Concert on Dec. 8 at the Collins Center for the Arts.
Ludlow Hallman, music department interim chair and longtime professor, will conduct his last oratorio, “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms, on Dec. 15 at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center.
In addition, ensemble concerts, a Reader’s Theatre series and several dance performances, including the featured Fall Dance Showcase Dec. 12–14, will be held. The School of Performing Arts marching and pep bands also play at UMaine athletic events.
Admission prices vary. Events are free for UMaine students with a valid MaineCard. For more information or to request disability accommodations, visit umaine.edu/spa.