FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington Community Orchestra, Concert Band and Community Chorus are open to new membership for the academic year.

Members of the public interested in joining a UMF ensemble are invited to attend any of the following registration/rehearsal sessions held at Nordica Auditorium in UMF’s Merrill Hall: UMF Community Orchestra, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 1; UMF Concert Band, 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 2; and UMF Community Chorus, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 13.

The Community Orchestra, conducted by Trond Saeverud, is open to community and UMF instrumentalists of all levels. No audition is required. The winter concert, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, will feature two master works, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (the Emperor concerto) with UMF Professor Steven Pane as soloist, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, known as the “Great.” Rehearsals are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 1.

Conducted by Anita Jerosch, the Concert Band is comprised of community members and UMF students and performs a wide variety of standard concert band repertoire from movie scores and marches to classical wind ensemble pieces. The winter concert will be presented Thursday, Nov. 18. Rehearsals are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 2. The band is also looking for donations of gently used instruments for UMF students who do not have their own.

Under the direction of Bruce McInnes, the Community Chorus celebrates its 30th year of bringing together community members from throughout western Maine with UMF students, faculty and staff to sing classic and contemporary works from the choral repertoire. Mozart’s Requiem will be the featured work of the winter concert, to be performed Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5. Rehearsals are held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 13.

For more information about any of the ensembles, contact Philip Carlsen, UMF professor of music, at 778-7290 or [email protected]


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