UMF Collegium performing April 22

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FARMINGTON — The UMF Collegium, a collection of instrumental ensembles, will present performances by the orchestra and band at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall on the University of Maine at Farmington campus.

The orchestra will perform Charles Gounod’s “Funeral March of the Marionette,” a piece known for its use as the theme music to the television series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” and “Che farò senza Euridice?” from Orpheus and Eurydice, by Christoph Willibald Gluck, arranged by Michel Rondeau and featuring UMF alumna Debbra Parent (2016) singing soprano solo.

The band will perform “Satiric Dances” by Norman Dello Joio, “Danzón No. 2” by Arturo Márquez and “Doctor Who: Through Time and Space” by Murray Gold, arranged by Robert Buckley.

The Collegium Instrumental Ensemble is a musical model that includes band, orchestral, and other ensemble works under a single musical performance entity. It was launched at UMF in the fall of 2015. The group is led by Eric Thomas.

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Thomas was the assistant conductor and mentee of Sarah Caldwell who appointed him principal conductor of the Opera New England Orchestra. A clarinetist, he won the International Concert Artist Guild competition and performs with several groups and has toured Europe, South America and the U.S.

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

The 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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