FARMINGTON – A wide range of talent with Maine connections will headline the University of Maine at Farmington Community Orchestra Concert Sunday, April 6, in Nordica Auditorium.

Violinist Sarah E. Geller will return to her hometown to perform the Max Bruch Concerto in G minor for Violin and Orchestra. Also on the program are Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony and the premiere of “Driving in Maine: Four Poems of Wesley McNair for Soprano and Orchestra,” by Nancy Gunn.

Upon graduation from the Manhattan School of Music, Geller received the Dowling Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Violinist. In June 2002, she made her Carnegie Hall solo debut as a winner of the Artists’ International Special Presentation Award. She performs as solo recitalist and with her chamber ensemble, Segue, throughout the East Coast and will make her debut in California next month.

Gunn’s compositions have received numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Aspen Music Festival. She is on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College.

McNair is the recipient of many national honors, including fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The soprano soloist for the Gunn piece is Sarah Johnson, choral director in the Oxford Hills School District, chorus member and frequent soloist with the Choral Art Society, and performer with PORT Opera, Schola Cantorum and the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra.

The UMF Community Orchestra, now in its 31st year, comprises student and community member amateur and professional musicians. Conductor Trond Saeverud is concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Bangor Symphony. As a concert violinist, Saeverud has been soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London; the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway; and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Lincoln Center, N.Y.

There will be a preconcert discussion with composer Gunn and poet McNair, moderated by Philip Carlsen, at 2 p.m. in Nordica Auditorium.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and children under 12. Tickets are available at Mickey’s Hallmark in Farmington and at the door. For more information, contact Anne Geller at 778-6672 or [email protected]


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