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Pre-Performance Lecture: “Hot off the Keyboard” Free, public lecture before Gabriela Montero

January 25, 2020 • 3:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

In a pre-performance lecture, “Hot off the Keyboard,” pianist Laura Kargul will discuss the renowned improvisational skills of some of the greatest classical composers. Works such as the Bach toccatas, Mozart variations, Chopin nocturnes and Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies often sound as though they were forged in the fire of a solo late-night jam session, perhaps under…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Lyrical Expressionism of Chinese Drumming” Free, public lecture before GuGu Drum Group

February 13, 2020 • 5:45 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Drums speak. They have been used for centuries to communicate from area to area and people to people around the world. In “Lyrical Expressionism of Chinese Drumming,” Dr. Chao Ling, a professor of Chinese literature and culture and native of Shanghai, explores the language and history of drumming as both art form and means of…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “How Vocal Folk Traditions Found their Seat at the Table” Free, public lecture before Avi Avital & Bridget Kibbey

February 18, 2020 • 6:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Béla Bartók is, alongside Franz Liszt, regarded as Hungary’s greatest composer and one of the most important of the 20th century—as well as a skilled pianist and ethnomusicologist. Bartók’s music provides Dr. Robert Lehmann, Professor of Music and Director of Strings Studies and Orchestral Activities at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, an…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “A Most Extraordinary Noise: New Orleans and the Birth of Jazz” Free, public lecture before New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

February 20, 2020 • 6:15 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Jazz, a musical form native to the United States, was born in New Orleans’ rich cultural mix of traditions. In preparation for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s tribute to jazz master Allen Toussaint and the Music of Congo Square, Dr. Ashley Towle, whose scholarship focuses on the experience of African Americans in the South during…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Afro Cuban Movement” Free, public lecture before Malpaso Dance Company

February 26, 2020 • 6:30 pm

Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook

Dr. Adanna K. Jones will be introducing the audience to the wide variety of dance styles and cultures that are particular to Cuba. From the stage to the street, Cubans have maintained an amazing ability to use dance as a way to stay connected to both their past and future. Whether rooted in European or…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Quartets and Four-ness” Free, public lecture before New York Philharmonic String Quartet

April 5, 2020 • 3:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Quartets involve four players and are written in four “voices." But even when all the players are playing, there may be only one or two things going on in the music. Or there may be more than four. Composers tend to have characteristic ways of playing with these numbers and the relationships between the voices.…

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