UMF Community Chorus and Orchestra present Brahms’ “A German Requiem,” April 29

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 19, 2018)—The UMF Community Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Bruce McInnes, will present a performance of  “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms, at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 29, in
Nordica Auditorium in UMF Merrill Hall.

With many symphonies and orchestra’s presenting concerts on the same day, Professor McInnes looked to local communities as he gathered an orchestra for this concert. He emphasizes the real community nature of this performance with a chorus made up of students, faculty, and staff at UMF and members of the public from Farmington, Wilton, Weld, Temple, Phillips, Strong, Vienna, and other villages in the greater Farmington area.

Brahms himself prepared a two piano accompaniment for his Requiem. The regular accompanist of the Chorus, Patricia Hayden, will be joined by Robert Ludwig, director of the Bangor Children’s Chorus and a resident of Rangeley, on the second piano part.

The essential timpani part as well as the ethereal wind parts and commanding brass will be played by teachers and gifted students from area High Schools, including Mt. Blue, Messalonski and Livermore Falls. String players from the Farmington area along with some visitors from Boston will play the luscious, sometimes ominous low string parts that Brahms composed.

Brahms was only 34 when he composed Ein Deutsches Requiem, which is his longest work and the one which helped to establish his reputation as a major composer. He chose to set carefully selected portions of scripture in the vernacular rather than the traditional Latin texts of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. This was, at least in part, so that the audience would understand what was being sung, which, likewise, is our hope today by presenting our performance in English.

Admission is $8, $6 for seniors. Tickets are available at the door.

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UMF presents new play by world-renowned Bread & Puppet Theater, April 28

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 18, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington is excited to once again welcome the world-renowned Bread & Puppet Theater to the Emery Community Arts Center for a performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 28.

The theater company will be presenting a new play, “The Basic Bye-Bye Show,” a manifesto on transformation inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts, birch branches lost during an ice storm, and the daily news.

One of the longest-running, nonprofit, self-suporting theater companies in the U.S., the Bread and Puppet Theater uses performance to protest the most urgent political issues of our time.

Bye-Bye ShowIn the Basic Bye-Bye Show a series of quiet object fantsies unfolds in black, white and grey inside a small fabric stage printed with elementary words. Outside, an orchestra of nonsense instruments arises, spins and recedes. A birch forest grows. Sculpted clouds produce hands, chairs and rain. The storm passes. The show’s episodes develop in abstract counterpoint to various brutal unnecessities of our current politics.

According to Peter Schumann, director, the show is based on the fact that our culture is saying its basic bye-bye to Mother Earth by continuing the devastating effects of the global economy of our planet. Schumann founded the theater company in 1963 on New York City’s Lower East Side. In 1974 it moved to a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where a 140-year old hay barn was transformed into a museum for veteran puppets.

After the performance, Bread & Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli.

Admission is by donation $10-$25, with a sliding scale for seniors and students. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Tickets will be on sale in the Emery Community Arts Center lobby starting at 6pm on the night of the performance. Advance tickets are available at Up Front and Pleasant Gourmet (15 Front St. Farmington.)

Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” including: books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press will be for sale at the performance.

More on the UMF Emery Community Arts Center

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 109-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the UMF Alumni Theater.

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Media Contact: Ann Bartges, director of UMF Emery Community Arts Center, at ann.bartges@maine.edu

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UMF announces Bill Green, award-winning broadcast journalist, as 2018 Commencement Speaker

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 17, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that Bill Green, award-winning broadcast journalist, feature reporter and host of the highly-acclaimed magazine program Bill Green’s Maine, will be the Commencement Speaker for the UMF Class of 2018. He will also receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at this year’s ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12, on the UMF campus.

“Bill Green is a broadcasting legend in Maine,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “He is a professional of the highest standards with a long history of excellence in his craft. His stories and insights about the Maine way of life, its places and people, are at once educational and endearing. We are so proud to have him address our 2018 graduating class.”

Bill Green

Bill Green

A lifelong Mainer, Green was born in Bangor and was educated in Bangor schools and the University of Maine. While still in college, he began working behind the scenes in the news business, and three years later debuted as a sportscaster at WLBZ2. He went on to anchor weekend sports statewide with WCSH6 in Portland.

His interest in Maine and Mainers and his desire to understand and share the deeper story soon found him as a full-time feature reporter at the Portland station. In 2000, he started producing Bill Green’s Maine and has been covering all-things-Maine ever since. In 2015, he won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for feature writing and an Emmy for Outstanding Light Feature. The following year, Bill Green’s Maine won the Regional Emmy as Outstanding Magazine Program in New England.

Green is an inductee in the Maine Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and the Silver Circle of the New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He is a registered Maine Guide and a senior warden at Trinity Episcopal Church of Portland. He and his wife live in Cumberland and have two grown children.

Bryce Neal, UMF senior speaker

Bryce Neal, UMF senior speaker

Graduating senior Bryce Neal from New Gloucester will give the student address. A geology major, Neal was accepted last summer to do field research in Yellowstone with the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and investigated high elevation ponds in Maine as a UMF research assistant.

He also worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Maine Conservation Corps, building and maintaining trails on Maine public lands and state parks; served with the University’s Rotaract organization and skied with UMF’s Nordic Ski Team. After graduation, Neal plans on doing geophysical fieldwork for the EarthScope project, an NSF funded project.

Foster and Eric Brown, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will confer degrees to this year’s graduates. James O. Donnelly, member of the UMS Board of Trustees, will deliver greetings to the graduates from the University of Maine System. University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page will also be present.

Additional Event Details

The outdoor ceremony will be held behind the UMF Olsen Student Center and is free and open to the public. Guests of graduates are also welcome to watch the ceremony live in C131 in Roberts Learning Center. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center. Admission to the indoor ceremony will be limited to those who have already received “Fitness and Recreation Center” tickets. During the indoor ceremony, guests can watch the event live in C131 and C23 in Roberts Learning Center and in the classrooms and Bjorn Lobby in the UMF Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center. The UMF Commencement ceremony will be webcast live at www.umf.maine.edu and broadcast live on Mount Blue TV community access Channel 11 at http://mtbluetv.org/, whether the ceremony is held indoors or outdoors.

DVDs of the ceremony will be available in early summer for a small fee from the UMF Ferro Alumni Center, which can be contacted at umfalumni@maine.edu.

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Theatre UMF presents first Festival of New Plays and original works, April 19 & 20

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 13, 2018)— The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present its first Festival of New Plays, at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20, in UMF Alumni Theater. These performances are free and open to the public.

Created through a collaborative workshop process, the festival provides creative writing and theatre students with an opportunity to write, direct and perform their original works for an audience. These original works are written, produced, directed and performed by students in the UMF class on writing for the stage.

The New Works:

“You Done?”
Written and directed by Kristen Sarasin (Plaistow, N.H.)
Cast – Ian Grima (Rockland) and Astra Pierson (Farmington)

“Waterfalls”|
Written and directed by Jonas Maines (Portland)
Cast – Brock Bubar (Etna) and Steffon Gales (Roxbury, Mass.)

“Body”
Written and directed by Hailey Craig (Trenton)
Cast – Eila McCulloch (Scituate, Mass.), Declan Attaway-Murphy (Portland), Kristen Sarasin (Plaistow, N.H.)

“Don’t Mess with Bob”
Written by Josey Lewis (Farmington) and directed by Noah Willette (Norway) and Josey Lewis
Cast – Avery Isbell (Waterville) and Henry Wanat (Parkman.)

“Eggshell Walls”
Written and directed by Cynthia Bugenske (Gray)
Cast – Gail Bello (Waltham, Mass.), Cynthia Bugenske, Chloe Hoecker (Boothbay Harbor), Brittany Paradis (Jay), Laney Randolph (Hartford) and Chloe Woodward (Augusta)

Monologues:

“Drive”
Written by Cody Campbell (Lisbon)
Performed by Matthew Dotson (Boerne, Texas)

“Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner”
Written and performed by Kristen Sarasin (Plaistow, N.H.)

Stage Manager – Billie Rose Newby (Machiasport)
Costume Designs – Declan Attaway-Murphy (Portland), Ben Hayes (Berwick), Madison Uliano (Bar Harbor) and Sam Wood (Franklin, N.H.)
Faculty in Theatre – Jayne Decker
Technical Director – Stan Spilecki
Running Sound – Nick D’Aleo (Plymouth, N.H.)
Running Lights – Sarah Smith (Plainfield, Conn.)

These productions are sponsored by Theatre UMF, the on campus student theater organization and the UMF Department of the Visual and Performing Arts.

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Media Contact: Jayne Decker, UMF instructor of theater, at jdecker@maine.edu or 207-778-7319

 

UMF celebrates the creative arts with annual Arts Week, April 23-27

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 11, 2018)—With spring semester in full swing, The University of Maine at Farmington is excited to present Arts Week, Monday, April 23 -Friday, April 27. This annual celebration of the creative arts features a variety of art installations, performances, presentations and new media throughout the UMF campus. Arts Week events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available in the Emery Community Arts Center.

MONDAY, APRIL 23 – FRIDAY, APRIL 27
Art installations in the UMF Art Gallery, Emery Community Arts Center and Nordica Auditorium

MONDAY, APRIL 23
Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center

7 p.m. Pixel Hunter
For the tenth year, UMF’s popular Pixel Hunter Video and Animation Festival will provide students with an opportunity to design creative storytelling through video and animation. This annual screening includes a wide variety of techniques and themes and features UMF student works ranging from comic narrative to the experimental pieces that blend new and found footage.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Emery Community Arts Center
6 p.m. Grote Scholarship announcement
The Grote award is a scholarship that covers full tuition at UMF for one year. This competitive scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time junior or senior female student, of meritorious academic standing, with preference given to those who have exhibited proficiency in one of the creative arts. The recipients are nominated and selected by faculty in the Arts Division.

6 p.m. Elevator Speeches
Seven students from Melissa Thompson’s Project 2: Performance Management course will introduce themselves and their areas of specialization .

6:30 p.m. “Gruesome Playground Injuries”
A brief scene from the play by Rajiv Joseph, performed by Hailey Craig and Jonas Maines.

6:45 p.m. “Fight Scene”
An original stage combat scene written and choreographed by Ian Grima and Jonas Maines as part of Jayne Decker’s Dramatic Performance class.

7 p.m. Student Piano Composition
Student Greg Baxter will have his original composition, “The Devil in Beethoven” played by Steven Pane, UMF professor of music.

7 p.m. Sound and Spirit Visual and Performing Arts Senior presentations
Emery Community Arts Center
A physical, emotional, and spiritual journey that explores how individuals are affected by what we experience, making us aware of how superficially we look at the world day-to-day. By exploring intangibles such as sound and spirituality, we may ultimately connect better to the world around us and to the individuals that inhabit it, and find we are better for it.

“A Sensorial Experience” by Shane Waters
The sensorial experience of our relationship within sound and music has been increasingly more popular in research due to responses of heightened or relaxed emotions. This project intends to manipulate pitch (frequency), amplitude (intensity), and timbre (waveform) to explore individual experiences through an interactive sound installation. Shane’s sound installation can be experienced on Monday April 23rd, Tuesday 24th, and Wednesday 25th in Nordica Auditorium in UMF Merrill Hall. Please look for posters announcing times.

“Dear God, Oh God” by Josey Lewis
A one-person show that invites the audience to observe five personal dialogues with God through the different stages of an individual’s life. Exploring the internal struggles of belief and a search for some form of resolution, the work grapples with what our own personal connection with God might be and the complex relationship it arouses.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
Flex Space in the UMF Emery Community Art Center and the UMF Art Gallery
Senior Capstone Presentations

Senior art students discuss their work on display in “Feint,” the senior capstone on exhibit as a part of the UMF Symposium. Times to be announced. “Feint” is on display through May 12.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26
Performance space, Emery Community Arts Center
7 p.m. “Gruesome Playground Injuries”

A play be Rajiv Joseph. performed by Jonas Maines and Hailey Craig as part of the Honors Enhancement program for our Dramatic Performance class. Over the course of 30 years, the lives of [the characters] intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together. The World Premiere of Gruesome Playground Injuries was produced by Alley Theatre, Gregory Boyd, Artistic Director;Dean R. Gladden, Managing Director. Produced by Second Stage Theatre, New York, January 2011, Carole Rothman, Artistic Director.

Arts Week is sponsored by the UMF Division of the Arts. Some content may be for mature audiences.

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Media Contacts:
Gustavo Aguilar, UMF associate professor of experimental music, gustovo.aguilar@maine.edu or 207-778-7896
Ann Bartges, UMF assistant professor of visual arts and director of ECAC, ann.bartges@maine.edu, or 207-778-7461

 

 

UMF receives Proctor & Gamble grant to support urban internships in publishing or film

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 10, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington is pleased to announce it has received a Procter & Gamble grant from the P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation for $10,000 to help support Urban Internships for Students in Publishing or Film.

Funds from this grant will be used to help two UMF students majoring in English or Creative Writing pursue and experience high level internships that are often located in urban areas throughout the U.S.

“Our students are so excited about internship opportunities in Boston, New York City and similar urban areas, but these programs can be costly,” said Pat O’Donnell, UMF professor of English. “Just the transportation and living costs can put them out of reach for many of our students. This grant will help make it possible for them to intern with one of the major magazine publishers or literary agencies that are often located in these metropolitan areas.”

Students applying for the competitive grant will need to submit a letter of recommendation from a UMF faculty member and proof of acceptance to an appropriate internship, with priority given to those in large urban areas.

In addition, students need to have at least one more semester on the UMF campus after their internship. This provides the opportunity for them to share what they’ve learned with other students and to help them be successful in their own intern experiences.

UMF has the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in New England, as well as a strong English major. An internship in publishing or film is required of every BFA major, and sought by many English majors as well. UMF has also created a new minor in editing and publishing.

“These fields of study help students develop the strong writing skills, creative thinking and collaborative professionalism that is in high demand by employers today,” said O’Donnell.

Grant awards will be decided by a faculty panel and announced later in the spring.

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Media Contact: Pat O’Donnell, UMF professor of English, at podonnel@maine.edu or 207-778-7419

UMF Visiting Writers Series spotlights Ross Gay, award-winning poet of “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” April 19

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 9, 2018)—The celebrated University of Maine at Farmington Visiting Writers Series is proud to present its final guest author for the year. Award-winning poet Ross Gay will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center.

The reading is free and open to the public, to be followed by a meet and greet with the author.

Gay is the author of “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award – poetry category and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. It is also a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Books Critics Award, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Ross Gay

Ross Gay

Gay is also the author of two previous collections, “Bringing the Shovel Down” and “Against Which.” He is also the co-author of chapbooks ‘Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens” with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and “River” with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr.

He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin’, in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press.

Gay is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry-publishing house.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

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UMF holds College to Career Symposium to prepare students for the professional world, April 12

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 5, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington Office of Career Services is hosting the 13th annual UMF College to Career Symposium to help students connect with today’s employers and prepare for the professional world. It is free and open to the public.

The event will bring together a panel of Maine business professionals from around the state to discuss their own post-graduate career paths, inform students of employers’ needs and expectations and advise them on how to best market themselves in a competitive world.

The panel will kick off the two-hour event at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. A professional networking reception will follow the panel discussion, where students and other audience members can speak with the panelists and make connections regarding job and internship opportunities.

According to Forbes.com, the connections a student makes in college can be instrumental in their post-graduate life and they should take every opportunity to build an effective set of relationships that will support them throughout their career.

The professional panel will feature:

Moderator: Peter Osborne, ‘09 – assistant director for employer relations, Bates College

Joseph Austin – associate director, UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement
Sandy Goodwin – chief loan officer, Kennebec Savings Bank
Patricia Patterson King, ‘00 – senior communications specialist, EMHS
Annaliese Lafayette – general manager, Holiday Inn by the Bay
Ryan Lilly,  ‘11 – brand manager at Johnson Outdoors
Gimbala Sankare – global talent acquisition coordinator, WEX Inc.

Attendees are encouraged to wear business casual attire and to bring their resumes.

The event is sponsored by UMF Career Services, the Ferro Alumni Center and the UMF Pre-MBA Program. UMF Career Services offers one-on-one career counseling services to students regarding career and academic issues and continuing workshops and information regarding internships, resume and interviewing skills and graduate school planning.

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Media Contact: Stephen Davis, UMF career counselor, at stephen.davis@maine.edu or 207-778-7232

UMF Instrumental Ensembles present a concert of quartets, April 18

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 4, 2018)—The UMF Instrumental Ensembles, under the direction of conductor Eric Thomas, will present a program featuring performances by four quartets at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall on the University of Maine at Farmington campus

The program will begin with a string quartet performing the music of Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809). Haydn, known as the “father of the string quartet,” revolutionized the genre by inventing and perfecting new ideas that made the string quartet into what we know today. It was with Haydn that the string quartet began to be likened to a “conversation” between four individual voices.

There will also be performances from 3 quartets of wind instruments, starting with a saxophone quartet followed by a clarinet quartet. The final quartet of the evening will be a trombone quartet, playing selections from the music of Jeff Manookian and Ernesto de Curtis.

The Instrumental Ensembles at UMF, led by Thomas, present an open and collaborative model, welcoming performers of all skill levels. Each concert features diverse works in different instrument configurations, all responding to the interests and inclinations of the players. Past concerts have featured a trombone trio, a brass quintet, a string quintet, and a jazz band, in addition to the regular performances of the orchestra and band.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free for children and UMF students with student I.D.

This event is sponsored by the UMF Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

For further information, contact Matthew Houston at matthew.houston@maine.edu.

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UMF art seniors present capstone exhibit, “Feint,” April 5–May 13

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 4, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington senior art students are exhibiting the culmination of their capstone research with “Feint: UMF Art Seniors Exhibition.” Their work is on exhibit in the UMF Art Gallery and the Emery Community Arts Center from April 5–May 13, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 5.

The senior exhibition is a varied array of works exploring labor through rural objects, memory’s relationship with culture, uncanny childhood nostalgia, social alienation rooted in spectacle, the clarity of incoherence and the disintegration of nature through media. These concepts are investigated through a variety of media such as video, animation, sculpture and installation.

Eric Berry, “Woodsmen”

Eric Berry, “Woodsmen”

The senior student artists are Eric Berry – Weld, Samuel Burnell – Windham, Nicholas Cole – Strong, Elliott Eno – Dixfield, Cameron Morrell – Poland and Olivia Vanner – Washington.

Students will discuss their work on display in both campus locations during the University’s Symposium Day, Wednesday, April 25.

More Information on UMF Art Spaces

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Maine St. in Farmington, behind the UMF Admissions Office. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline, UMF Art Gallery director, at maline@maine.edu or 207-778-1062 or visit the website at artgalleryumf.org.

The Emery Community Arts Center, located on Academy Street, is an innovative, experimental venue for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 109-seat multipurpose performance space and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. For more information, contact Ann Bartges, ECAC director, at ann.bartges@maine.edu.

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Photo Caption:  Eric Berry, “Woodsmen”