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UMaine's Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band join musical forces

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ORONO - The University of Maine Symphonic Band and the UMaine Jazz Ensemble will perform Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts.

Under the direction of Christopher G. White, the University of Maine Symphonic Band will play pieces by Gustav Theodore Holst, Toshio Iwai, John Philip Sousa, Eric Whitacre and Franois-Joseph Gossec. The auditioned group of 45 of the best wind and percussion musicians at UMaine performs at concerts on and off campus, including during an annual spring tour around the state. Previous stops have included Symphony Hall in Boston and Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

The UMaine Jazz Ensemble will play old and new jazz standards, including works by Count Basie and Pat Metheny. Jack Burt directs the 20-piece big band that is open to all university students. The ensemble performs several times each semester, both on campus and throughout the state. For 12 consecutive years, it has performed during a live two-hour radio broadcast at Maine Public Broadcasting Network studios. The concert is simulcast on the Internet.

Admission is $12, or free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call (207) 581-1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show.

TEMPO glories in Tempest' at The Grand! 

Image attached:  TEMPO (The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra for Young Musicians)

ELLSWORTH - TEMPO (The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra for Young Musicians), under the direction of Rebecca Edmondson, will showcase music that is as crisp and as changing as the fall season itself when they present their 'Tempest' concert at The Grand on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.! Tickets are $9 for general admission and $5 for students and are available at The Grand box office (667-9500) or online at  

From their live scoring of a timeless silent film classic to their participation in an event honoring our country's veterans, TEMPO has made their home at The Grand since 2012, providing young musicians an opportunity to enhance their skills through performance. Made up of advanced players who hail from near and far parts of our state, TEMPO's new fall concert at The Grand includes such highlights as 'William Tell Overture' by Gioachino Rossini, Franz Schubert's 'The Unfinished Symphony,' pieces from Mozart and Mendelssohn as well as an original virtuosic piece by TEMPO violinist Yash Nair, accompanied by Catherine Ding.

So bring a friend and share the experience of seeing and hearing young musicians from all over the state of Maine on the Grand stage!

The Grand is proud to be the home of TEMPO-The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra for Young Musicians and their 2013/14 season including their Holiday Cheer concert on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and The Second Annual Silent Film Event, where TEMPO plays an original score by orchestra leader Rebecca Edmondson as an accompaniment to a screening of Buster Keaton's silent comedy classic 'The General' on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. For more information on any of these productions, please call the box office at (207) 667-9500. For more information on events at The Grand, visit The Grand website at or follow The Grand on Facebook at

Godspell' playing at Collin's Center

ORONO - Prepare ye for 'Godspell,' the beloved musical from Stephen Schwartz

A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, 'Godspell' has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world and now you can join in the celebration as a spectacular ensemble of bright young stars stirs your soul, raises your spirit and lifts you right out of your seat. 

Originally conceived and directed by John-Michael Tebelak, this production is directed by David Hogan and will feature Jake Stern in the role of Jesus and Graham Parkhurst as John the Baptist/Judas. The cast also features Stacey Bulmer, Michael Hogeveen, Ivan Lo, Alessia Lupiano, Rebecca McCauley, Lisa Michelle, Janelle Murray, Michael De Rose and David Cotton.

So come sing about love at 'Godspell,' coming to the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono. Tickets are available now available for the performance on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. 

Tickets for GODSPELL cost between $35 and $55. All are available online ( or by calling the Collins Center box office, (207) 581-1755. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact the box office.


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