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  • Neil Pearlman Kittel Lecturer

Pre-Performance Lecture: New Traditions in American, Celtic and Scandinavian Music Free, public lecture before Kittel & Co.

October 10, 2019 • 6:30 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

Ever wonder how much of the music you listen to is influenced by ancient Celtic traditions? Kittel & Co’s music is part of a rich tapestry of contemporary string music made today in the American, Scottish, Irish, and Scandinavian music scenes. Join us pre-performance at Port City Music Hall for an exploration of how those…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Blue Roots” Free, public lecture before Songhoy Blues

October 26, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

Songhoy Blues is acclaimed for its guitar mastery in the “desert blues” genre of contemporary North African music. The African rhythms underlying the music we know and love as “the Blues” traveled to the Americas via the Trans-Atlantic enslavement and trafficking of Africans. Join us pre-performance at Port City Music Hall as Marc Chillemi highlights…

  • portland freedom trail walk

The Freedom Walk

November 2, 2019 • 1:00 pm

Green Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

To welcome Kingdom Choir and better understand their musical selections, presentation, and history join us for a walk along Portland’s ‘Underground Railroad’ lead by artist Daniel Minter, Reverend Kenneth Lewis, and Portland City Councilor Pious Ali, concluding with an engaging talk by Reverend Lewis. What is the “gospel” in gospel music and what are Maine’s…

  • reverend lewis gospel music lecture

Public Lecture: “The Gospel in Gospel Music” Free, public lecture following "The Freedom Walk"

November 2, 2019 • 3:00 pm

Green Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

Following our Freedom Walk special tour of Portland's Underground Railroad we invite you to join Reverend Kenneth I. Lewis, Pastor of Green Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church as speaks about The Gospel in Gospel Music. His pre-performance lecture explores the history behind the religious and spiritual messages gospel puts forward, and takes us from an understanding…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “The Trans-Atlantic British Influence on African Music” Free, public lecture before The Kingdom Choir

November 9, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Were you awed by Kingdom Choir’s ethereal performance of “Amazing Grace” at the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry to Meghan Markle last year? Prior to the Choir’s performance, explore the history and British origins of this iconic song within the context of the African “call and response” tradition in the creation of gospel music,…

  • shaker music lecture

Pre-Performance Lecture: “The Legacy and Songs of the Shakers” Free, public lecture before Boston Camerata

December 1, 2019 • 2:45 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Brother Arnold, one of only three remaining Shakers all based in Sabbathday Lake, Maine, shares the history and context of the seven Shaker songs included in the Boston Camerata’s performance. Through his personal experience and history, Brother Arnold breathes life into the stories of each song.   The pre-performance lecture takes place at Hannford Hall…

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

January 25, 2020 • 2:45 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

In a pre-performance lecture, “Hot off the Keyboard,” University of Southern Maine’s Dr. Laura Kargul dives deep into Montero’s repertoire to explore the ways some of the greatest classical composers were renowned for their improvisational skills at the keyboard. Works such as the Bach toccatas, Mozart variations, Chopin nocturnes and Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies often sound…

  • gugu drum group pre lecture on chinese drumming history

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

February 15, 2020 • 6:00 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 • 6:45 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…

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