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ORONO Laurie Smukler and Robert McDonald will be performing at the Minsky Recital Hall in Orono on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.

'Our all-Bartk program includes the First Rhapsody, and both the Violin and Piano Sonatas; No. 1 and No. 2. The Rhapsody was dedicated to the great violinist Josef Szigeti, who was good friends with Bartk. It is full of folk melody and is a real virtuosic show piece. The sonatas were written within a year of each other, both for the fiery and beautiful woman violinist Jelly D'Aranyi, with whom Bartk was smitten,' said Laurie Smukler in a release. 'The relationship with the older Bartk did not develop into a romance, but the two did perform the sonatas together. The pieces themselves are full of romantic lyricism, intensity, exoticism, and rhythmic excitement, in addition to Bartk's trademark use of folk music.

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ORONO Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Rep. Ellie Espling will visit the University of Maine on Monday, Jan. 25.

Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are prominent individuals with a past or current career as a policymaker in the state. The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center brings its fellows to campus for a day to teach an undergraduate class, engage faculty about research and public policy, and meet with UMaine administration and graduate students.

Published in Press Releases
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 14:34

UMaine students to perform Broadway's Best

ORONO Ben McNaboe wants performers to be inspired and audiences to be amazed.

So the University of Maine graduate student in music education has organized 'Astonishing! The Songs and Stories of Broadway's Best,' to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.

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FARMINGTON, ME The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is excited to have poet John Poch as its next writer in the UMF 2013-14 Visiting Writers Series. Poch will be reading from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Hall. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Poch's writings include poetry collections: 'Dolls' (2009); 'Two Men Fighting with a Knife' (2008), which won the Donald Justice Award; and 'Poems' (2004), a finalist for the PEN/Osterweil Prize. In addition, he worked with Chad Davidson on 'The Essential Hockey Haiku' (2006), a poetry/fiction collaboration; and his 'Ghost Towns of the Enchanted Circle,' a limited edition letterpress/art book, was published in 2007.

Published in Press Releases
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:13

Get mugged for a good cause

University art students make and sell mugs to benefit wildlife refuge

ORONO - A group of students at the University of Maine in Orono is putting their art skills to the test. Over the past several weeks, the pupils in Constant Albertson's advanced art education course have been making ceramic mugs that they hope to sell to benefit the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton, a 2,400-acre nature preserve just 10 miles away from the University campus.

Published in Livin'
UMaine's Maine Masque presents Yasmina Reza play

ORONO The Maine Masque is the University of Maine's student-run theater group. Every year, members choose a play to be presented in the final mainstage slot of the season. Every part of this production is student-run students perform in these pieces, of course, but they also produce, direct and design it. They are completely in charge.

This year's offering is Yasmina Reza's 'God of Carnage,' directed by third-year student Goldie Irvine.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:24

Small state, big dreams

Maine is a small state. For most of us, most of the time, that's a good thing. We've chosen to live a bit off the beaten path because we prefer the somewhat slower pace, the open spaces and (bath salts addicts notwithstanding) the fact that things are relatively safe around here. Small is good when it means few traffic jams, a lack of smog, and the front page of the paper is devoted to hermits and not serial killers. One downside is the occasional lack of perspective and the need to have a taste of the big time life, which leads me to the subject of University of Maine hockey.

 

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:30

Across the universe

Take a tour of the vastness of space at the Jordan Planetarium

ORONO The night sky has sparked the imaginations of philosophers, dreamers, scientists and explorers. Learning about the vastness of space is something that many people, young and old, leap at the chance to do. And you can, right in our own back yard.

"Being as small as we are and couched in the bosom of the University it can be difficult to get noticed," said Alan Davenport, the planetarium director and observatory coordinator at the University of Maine's Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium located at Wingate Hall. "The planetarium is quite old. It's been running for 30 years plus now. We've updated a lot of what's inside the planetarium, but it's difficult to go beyond a certain point."

Published in Cover Story
UMaine production offers powerful, disturbing drama

The power of live theater is undeniable; the stage allows for a visceral urgency that simply cannot be duplicated in any other medium. While disturbing and taboo subjects can be tackled by all forms of artistic expression, nothing captures them with the same level of immediacy that the theater does.

Published in Happenings

ORONO - As part of its 2012 national concert tour, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band will perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono. The concert, sponsored by the UMaine School of Performing Arts and the Bangor Daily News, is free and open to the public.

Patrons may reserve tickets (limit four per request) by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Marine Band Tickets, University of Maine, School of Performing Arts, Room 208 Class of 1944 Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5788. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Ticket holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m.; non-ticket holders will be admitted at that time.

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