The Maine Masque will perform Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Crimes of the Heart,” at 7:30 p.m. April 9-12 and at 2 p.m. April 13, in Hauck Auditorium at the University of Maine.
Third-year theatre and history major Nellie Kelly will direct the tragic comedy set in 1974 in a small Mississippi town. “Crimes of the Heart” shares the stories of three Magrath sisters: the oldest is 30 and unmarried; the middle sibling has a failed career; and the youngest shot her husband.
The Maine Masque is an independent group under the jurisdiction of UMaine Student Government. It works with the School of Performing Arts to support theater activities.
Admission is $10, or free with a student MaineCard. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online. To request disability accommodations, call 207.581.1781.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 (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.
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.”
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.