UMF Community Orchestra Presents Fall Concert, Nov. 19

FARMINGTON, ME (November 15, 2011)—The UMF Community Orchestra, under the direction of Trond Saeverud, performs music from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twenty-first centuries when it presents its fall concert at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, November 19, in Nordica Auditorium in UMF Merrill Hall.

The program begins with the world premiere of “Hysteresis,” composed by UMF alumnus and Maine artist Seth Fogg. The piece is a mix of the old and the new, bringing traditional classical composition techniques together with modern electronic music and featuring improvisational percussionist Gustavo Aguilar, UMF assistant professor of experimental performance.

Mezzo-soprano Patricia Caya takes the stage next to sing three great Baroque arias with the orchestra: Bach’s “Können Tränen meiner Wangen,” from the St. Matthew Passion; Händel’s “But who may abide the day of his coming,” from “Messiah;” and Vivaldi’s “Qui sedes ad dexteram patris,” from the “Gloria.” The concert concludes with one of the late nineteenth-century’s most-loved symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor.

Mezzo-soprano Caya began her musical studies in Helsinki, Finland, and subsequently moved to Vienna, Austria, where she continued her studies and began her singing career. She has performed leading roles on the opera stage, given numerous solo recitals, and made solo appearances with such organizations as the Vienna Art Orchestra, Delaware Choral Society, Bach Gemeinde, Poulenc Trio, American Repertory Singers, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the Vienna State Opera. Caya is a past winner of the Montpelier Recital Competition. The Baltimore Sun described her as a singer “with spirit, assurance, and a juicy mezzo.” This will be Caya’s first collaboration with the UMF Community orchestra.

Saeverud, director of the UMF Community Orchestra and instructor of violin, has performed as violin soloist with major orchestras in Europe and in the United States, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center in New York City. Currently, he is concertmaster of the Bangor Symphony, first violin in the Nor’easter String Quartet, artistic director of the Harald Saeverud Chamber Music Program and founder and conductor of the new Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra with musicians from Canada and the United States.

This event is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free to children and UMF students with a University I.D.

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Media contact: Philip Carlsen, UMF professor of music, at 207-778-7290 or