Archive for the ‘School of Performing Arts’ Category

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.

Musicians from Around the World to Play at Minsky

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

University of Maine music professor Anatole Wieck and Bangor Symphony Orchestra violinist Sascha Zaburdaeva will perform with guests Pierre Henri Xuereb and Jean-Louis Haguenauer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Minsky Recital Hall.

Born in Latvia, Wieck also conducts the University Orchestra. The violinist and viola player earned his degrees, including his doctorate, at The Juilliard School.

Zaburdaeva is a music teacher and plays violin with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. As a youth, the Moscow native performed with the Russian Youth Symphony and Youth Talents of Moscow. Zaburdaeva studied with Masao Kawasaki and Itzhak Perlman at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Xuereb is professor of viola at Paris Conservatoire and at Ecole Nationale de Musique de Gennevilliers. He has collaborated with numerous ensembles and orchestras, recorded several CDs and teaches master classes at music festivals around the world.

Haguenauer is a member of the piano faculty at Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. He recorded pieces by French composer Claude Debussy for four CDs in celebration of Debussy’s 150th birthday in 2012.

The program will include: Leopold Wallner’s “Danse melancolique”; Schubert-Liszt-Drillon’s “Two Lieder for Viola and Piano”; Debussy’s “Cloches à travers les feuilles” and “L’isle joyeuse”; Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147”; and Antonin Dvorák’s “Terzetto” for two violins and viola.

Tickets are $9/free with student MaineCard. For more information, or to request disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755.

Williams Named Interim Director of Collins Center, BDN Reports

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News reported on the University of Maine announcement that Daniel Williams has been appointed to serve a two-year term as interim executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts. UMaine President Paul Ferguson said, “Danny has demonstrated remarkable leadership in diverse opportunities at UMaine and consistently brings excellent results. At this time, his leadership and experience are particularly important to the Collins Center for the Arts. Consistent with the Blue Sky Plan, the CCA is poised under his leadership to achieve its full potential, engaging Maine citizens and providing high-quality entertainment and education.” Williams has been a member of the UMaine community since 1986, serving in leadership roles in marketing, fundraising, community outreach and the performing arts. Most recently, he was associate director of planned giving with the University of Maine Foundation.

Williams Named Interim Director of CCA

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Daniel Williams of Orono has been appointed to serve a two-year term as interim executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts (CCA) at the University of Maine.

Williams replaces John Patches, the longtime director of the Collins Center, who retired Jan. 31.

The Collins Center for the Arts, home to the Hutchins Concert Hall and the Hudson Museum, opened in 1986. Today, it is one of the focal points of community engagement under the Blue Sky Plan, UMaine’s five-year strategic plan.

“Senior Vice President Janet Waldron and I are very pleased that Danny Williams has agreed to assume leadership of the Collins Center for the Arts,” says University of Maine President Paul Ferguson. “Danny has demonstrated remarkable leadership in diverse opportunities at UMaine and consistently brings excellent results. At this time, his leadership and experience are particularly important to the Collins Center for the Arts. Consistent with the Blue Sky Plan, the CCA is poised under his leadership to achieve its full potential, engaging Maine citizens and providing high-quality entertainment and education.”

Since 1986, Williams has been a member of the UMaine community, where he has served in leadership roles in marketing, fundraising, community outreach and the performing arts. Most recently, Williams was associate director of planned giving with the University of Maine Foundation. He is a faculty member in the School of Performing Arts and has served on the Collins Center for the Arts advisory board since 1993, chairing both the Special Events and Gala Committee, and the Community Relations and Outreach Committee.

The Bangor High School graduate received a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in higher education administration from UMaine in 1991 and 1994, respectively.

In addition, Williams served as president and director of development for the Eastern Maine Community College Foundation, director of annual and reunion giving for the University of Maine Alumni Association, and assistant to the dean for UMaine Enrollment Management. In 1998, he served one term as Maine state representative for District 122.

His honors include the UMaine Patrons of the Arts Vincent A. Hartgen Award in 2005.

“The arts are thriving at UMaine and in the Bangor region, and the Collins Center has an essential and exciting role to play, bringing together the campus, the community and world-class performers.” says Williams. “My commitment is to excellence at the CCA, and to seeing the center continue to expand its educational and cultural impact throughout the region and the state.”

Williams lives in Orono with his wife, State Sen. Emily Cain.

Free Press Previews University Singers Concerts

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The Free Press of Rockland advanced the March 11 University of Maine Singers concert that will take place at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The show is one of five free public concerts the group is performing in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts over spring break.