Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair to read prior to concert

FARMINGTON — The UMF Community Orchestra will present “Four Journeys in Maine,” an original composition by

. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Nordica Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Conducted by Trond Saeverud, Carlsen’s work is a setting of four poems by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate, renowned author and UMF Professor Emeritus. Jane Parker, Farmington educator and soprano, is the featured vocalist.

McNair will be present to read his poems before the performance. The concert will also include Mozart’s overture to the “Abduction from the Seraglio” and two works by Felix Mendelssohn: the “Fingals Cave” overture and the Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, with piano soloist Mai Goto.

“Four Journeys in Maine” was originally written for the 125th anniversary of UMF in 1989. This encore performance is part of the year-long celebration of UMF’s 150th anniversary. Events during the academic year highlight this historic milestone that recognizes the University of Maine at Farmington as the birthplace of public higher education in Maine. Events include in-depth lectures by visiting scholars, film and research presentations, art exhibits, panel discussions and alumni receptions.

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