Archive for the ‘Music’ Category


Vox Nova Chamber Choir

June 17, 2018

Fourth installment of The Four Seasons concert 

Vox Nova Chamber Choir to present “The Four Seasons: Summer Solstice” in concert, Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street, Brunswick, Sunday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.

The music for Summer Solstice features the Maine Premiere of “the national anthems” by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-Winning composer, David Lang. Lang takes fragments of text from the anthems of all 193 United Nations member states and unfolds the piece at speaking speed, with plenty of room for breaths between phrases and plenty of clarity to the words. It has the feel of sad and eerie intoning.

Surrounding this musical monument are lush, verdant symbols of summer in full beauty of the season: Whitacre’s “Go, Lovely Rose” and “With a Lily in Her Hand.” Barnum’s “Sweetheart of the Sun,” “Afternoon on a Hill” and “The Sounding Sea.”  Gjeilo’s haunting “Across the Vast, Eternal Sky,” and “Identity and The Ground” from The Sunrise Mass. “Stars” by Ešenvalds features tuned water glasses representing the luminescent heavens that cross the summer night sky.

Vox Nova Chamber Choir (Est. 2009) under the direction of Dr. Shannon Chase, champions the expansive body of modern and contemporary choral repertory.


Tickets may be purchased online in advance with a credit or debit card  or at the door. General Admission: $20 Senior: $15 College student with ID: $10.


Shannon Chase, Director

(207) 200 -3995


George A. Voyzey, PR Coordinator

(207) 409-2134


Waldo Theatre

June 13, 2018

Raise the Roof

A Barn Party to benefit the Theatre Restoration 

Tops’l Farm in Waldoboro will be hosting a fundraiser for The Waldo on August 1st. There will be live music and fantastic local food courtesy of Harvest Moon Catering and Pemaquid Oyster Company, so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out!

Please join us for an amazing evening of music, food & drink at Tops’l Farm’s beautiful new timber frame barn!

We will have John Stirratt of Wilco & The Autumn Defense playing alongside Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, as well as local musicians Oshima Brothers and The Ale House String Band playing on the outdoor stage.

Food, provided by Harvest Moon Catering, will feature wood-fired, local, farm-to-plate cuisine, as well as a cash oyster bar with oysters from Pemaquid Oyster Company.

Wine and cocktails, as well as exclusive beers from Waldoboro’s own Odd Alwives Farm Brewery will be available at our cash bar.

All proceeds are going toward the Raise The Roof building campaign, so come out and be a part of a local renaissance!


A Grandson’s Reflections

June 11, 2018

Russell Kaback

Russell Kaback is a member of the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster. Russell will be providing musical reflections on his grandfather life before, during, and after the Nazi era at the PortFringe Festival. The show is a staged reading of the first act of a piece of musical theater inspired by the life story of his grandfather, a Polish Jew who spent four years in the Nazi concentration camps. There will be a talkback after the performance in which the audience is invited to discuss the work.

Russell Kaback is a songwriter, performer, and educator who lives in South Portland, Maine. He has been bringing this performance to classrooms in Maine as part of his mission to teach the history and engage the next generation.


SAT 6/16 @ 4:30pm
SUN 6/17 @ 9:45pm
THU 6/21 @ 9:45pm



Dianne Fenlason

June 10, 2018

End of year programs

Dianne Fenlason, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) and grades 6-8 music educator at Spruce Mountain Middle School and at Spruce Mountain High School. Dianne has taught since 1995. Her students recently provided several performances. Included below are two; one is the Rock of Ages 2018 with the band Crash and Burn. They provide a historical look and sound of modern music. The second video is the Vocal Ensemble 2018. Congratulations to both groups for outstanding performances! Thanks to Dianne for sharing the work of her students!

If you’ve got end of year videos, videos of student work or links of student achievements, please share so I can post them for others to learn about. Thanks!





June 9, 2018

Vocal Quartet II Divo singing Amazing Grace


Longfellow School

June 8, 2018


The Maine Arts Commission Arts Learning grant provided funding to support the Longfellow Elementary School (Portland) production of Seussical. It will be performed at the Deering High School Auditorium on Friday, June 8, 6:00 p.m. and Saturday June 9, 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door with the suggested price $5.00 and kids are free! Students have been preparing for months – sure to be a wonderful production!


Maine International Conference on the Arts

June 6, 2018

USM – September 27, 2018


Join the Maine Arts Commission at the University of Southern Maine Portland Abromson Community Education Center, where we will explore art making, arts education, capacity-building strategies and skills, and more – all specifically for Maine artists, arts educators, and arts organizations.

Please join us Thursday, September 27 at USM in Portland for the opening reception with entertainment at 5 p.m., followed by Maryo Gard Ewell’s 7 p.m. keynote.

Schedule and Early Bird registration

Thursday, September 27 | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

      • Pre-conference Sessions – Discussions on Rural Community Development, professional development for Arts Educators, and Maine craft and traditional art apprenticeships  
      • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Opening Reception: A celebration of the arts with keynote speaker and performances
      • Keynote Speaker Maryo Gard Ewell– Rural Community Development in and Through the Arts

Friday, September 28 | 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

      • 7:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast/Networking
      • 8:15 a.m. – Maine Artists Idea Lab : 6 speakers using the fast-paced and engaging pecha kucha-style format will knock your socks off with their newest innovations. Confirmed speakers include Lucas Richman, Music Director, Bangor Symphony Orchestra; Rene Johnson, Executive Director, Theater Ensemble of Color; Erin McGee Ferrell, Visual Artist; Kaitlyn Young, 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year; Jeremy Frey, Passamaquoddy basketweaver;
      • 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – 20 professional development sessions in 5 tracks running concurrently
        • Leveraging Investment. Learn to attract and leverage greater investment through corporate sponsorships, development planning, capitalization and more
        • Visibility. Discuss ways to increase awareness of creative opportunities, as well as their value to communities and local economies. Participate in a new, two-part workshop by MICA 2016 superstar Matt Lehrman, “Opportunity Everywhere, Parts I & II. Or attend a dynamic session hosted by DataArts/The Cultural Data Project on ways to connect your data to stories about your mission and impact, for more effective communications with key stakeholders
        • Arts Education. Participate in sessions on fostering PK-12 arts education and lifelong learning programs, including Creative Aging and Traditional Arts
        • Cultural Tourism. Gather the information you need to enhance experiences and leverage cultural tourism. Hear from organizations on their successes creating experiences outside of traditional venues, or attend a Rural Community Arts Development session facilitated by Maryo Gard Ewell.
        • Building Capacity. All you need to know on strategies for sustainability and increased impact, from an intensive on strategic planning with Julie Richard to a session on The Role of the Arts in Communities in Crisis.
      • 12:30 p.m. – Maine Arts Awards Luncheon hosted by ArtsEngageMe
      • Pop-up performances throughout the day
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