GORHAM — University of Southern Maine School of Music artist faculty and acclaimed local musicians will perform “An Evening of Chamber Music for Winds and Strings” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, in Corthell Concert Hall, 37 College Ave.

Wren Saunders, bassoon, who joined the USM School of Music faculty in 2013, will lead the Faculty Concert Series presentation.

Joining Saunders will be Robert Lehmann, violin; Matt Watras, viola; William Rounds, cello; George Calvert, bass; Tom Parchman, clarinet; John Boden, horn; and George Lopez, piano. Lehmann, Rounds, Parchman and Boden are USM artist faculty, and Watras, Calvert, and Lopez are well-known Maine musicians.

The program will begin with Saunders and Lopez performing the Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Opus 168 by French composer Camille Saint Saëns.

Lehmann, Watras and Rounds will join Saunders for François Devienne’s Quartet for Bassoon, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Opus 73 in G minor.

“Devienne could perhaps be described as the ‘French Mozart,’ because he composed very much in the classical style of Mozart and Haydn,” Saunders said, noting that Devienne and Mozart were three years apart in age. “Devienne was a virtuoso of the flute and bassoon, and he composed a large number of works for these instruments.”

Lehmann, Rounds, Parchman and Boden will join Saunders to perform Franz Hasenöhrl’s arrangement of “Till Eulenspiegel, Einmal Anders!” — which translates to “for once, differently!” — composed by Richard Strauss.

The concert will close with Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat, Opus 20, which will include all of the evening’s musicians with the exception of Lopez. Saunders noted that the piece is “an enormous chamber work and is a favorite of musicians and audiences.”

Tickets are $15, general public, $10, seniors, USM employees and alumni, $5, students. Call 207-780-5555 or visit http://usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice.

For more information about the USM School of Music, go to http://usm.maine.edu/music


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