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2017-2018 Press Releases


A Mozart Mystery

On Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center, the Maine Music Society Chorale and Orchestra, joined by professional soloists Sarah Bailey, Jazmin DeRice, Martin Lescault and Carl Steidel , will present a program featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem, a work shrouded in mystery.  For whom did Mozart compose this requiem?  Since he was composing it literally on his deathbed, dictating to his assistant Sussmayr, who completed it after Mozart's death?  Although much of the music exists only in sketches, the Requiem has become one of the most beloved of Mozart's works.  
Mozart was a freakishly gifted and highly trained child musician. From a young age he composed in all musical genres from opera to ballroom.  In the Requiem, he  not only deployed these diverse musical types to create dramatic contrasts between one part of the text and another but also melded them to create vivid musical textures. 

This wonderful musical program also includes the Solemn Vespers for the Sabbath composed at the request of the Archbishop when Mozart was only in his 20's . Here too you will find contrasts as the trumpets, trombones and drums provide a militant tone to the opening  psalm, but then, in the second psalm the violins and soloists create a soothing and intimate ambience. 

Throughout the Vespers and the Requiem, Mozart displays his mastery of musical styles ensuring that the listener is never bored.  It is interesting to note that some of the themes are regularly used for TV commercials.  Can you recognize them?

Our talented singers and instrumentalists joined by the afore-mentioned well known professional soloists are thrilled to perform these magnificent works by one of the most celebrated composers of the late 18th century.
Don't miss this spectacular performance. 
 
For a preview of what's in store, listen in to John Corrie and Susan Trask on 105.5's Breakfast Club Tuesday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m., and visit our website at www.mainemusicsociety.org or like us on Face Book.

Sponsored by: Gleason Media, Liberty Mutual, Maple Way Dental, Platz Associates, Norway Savings Bank, Andrucki & King, and Central Distributors.

Venue: Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
Date & Time: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m. & 
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Ticket information:
Advance ticket prices [$2 more at the door]:
General Seating:  Adult - $25, Senior - $22, Student - $10
Children under 12: free when accompanied by an adult
Group rates: 20% off groups of 10 or more
For tickets call 207-333-3386, purchase online at www.mainemusicsociety.org, or visit the box office on the second floor of the Gendron Franco Center, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., M-F.

2016-2017 Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
June 1, 2017

O’Brien Joins Maine Music Society Board of Directors

The Maine Music Society is pleased to welcome Rick O’Brien to its Board of Directors. Rick brings a unique knowledge and diverse experiences to help the Board meet its goals.

Rick O’Brien is a local attorney, having practiced with the firm of Linnell, Choate & Webber for the past 35 years where he specializes in estate planning and bankruptcy representation. Over the years, Rick has served in various capacities for a number of municipal and non-governmental organizations. He was president of the Mechanic Falls Development Commission, chair of the Mechanic Falls Budget Committee, president of the Great Falls Balloon Festival, and long-time chair of the Winthrop Planning Board. He is also the Board treasurer for the Araxine Sawyer Memorial Foundation, and has served in a variety of leadership positions for the First Universalist Church in Auburn.

Artistically, Rick has been singing in the tenor section of the Maine Music Society Chorale for the past four years as well as in the Society’s Chamber Singers. He also sings in his church choir, has been a member of the cast for the fall musical with The Theater at Monmouth for the past ten years, and is a devoted bluegrass mandolinist.

Most importantly, Rick has lived for many years in Winthrop with his wife Ellen, with whom he celebrates 40 years of marriage this summer. His children are grown, and have careers that vary from woodworking craftsman, to attorney, to craft brewer.

The Maine Music Society is a nonprofit music-performing organization that strives to serve the communities of Central Maine through imaginative and artistically excellent public performances and educational activities for youth. For more information, see www.mainemusicsociety.org.

Connie Hitchcock, Board of Directors Chair, cahitchco@aol.com
Rick O’Brien, Board Member,  robrien@lcwlaw.com

 

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
May 6, 2017

MMS Chorale sings James Taylor, Carole King

LEWISTON — The Maine Music Society is tapping into the music of two of the most extraordinary popular composers and Kennedy Center honorees when it presents Songs of Carole King and James Taylor, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, at the Gendron Franco Center.

Under the direction of artistic director John Corrie, the MMS Chorale has prepared energizing arrangements of songs you’ll recognize in the first few notes. Selections of James Taylor include "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You," "Sweet Baby James," and "Fire and Rain." Carole King favorites will include such wonderful songs as "So Far Away," "I Feel the Earth Move," and "You’ve Got a Friend." Saturday's performance is at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday is at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20 adults; $18 for seniors, students, $10. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. There is a 20% discount for groups of 10 or more.

For tickets call SmART Management at 333-3377 (new number) or purchase online.

The Franco Center address is 46 Cedar St.

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
May 5, 2017

Maine Music Society business, ticketing moves to Franco Center

The Maine Music Society is pleased to announce that, effective May 8, it is moving its ticketing and business operations to SmART Management at the Gendron Franco Center.

Tickets and information for all MMS concerts and events can be obtained by calling this new number, 207-333-3377, or visiting our website at www.mainemusicsociety.org. Our email address has not changed: info@mainemusicsociety.org.

Our business and box office are now located in the upper lobby of the Gendron Franco Center at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston.

Maine Music Society and L/A Arts have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship over many years. At this time, the two organizations are reorganizing all the better to support their operations. The Board of MMS thanks L/A Arts for their excellent services and expects to continue to collaborate in art projects.

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
Oct 7, 2016

Maine Music Society - Making Music Soar

Maine Music Society begins its 26th season with the roof-raising Battle of the Blends XXIII on November 5, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center, in Lewiston.

Our audiences have come to love these extraordinary a cappella singing groups from around New England who gather to present their energetic vocal renditions of jazz, barbershop, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, and Renaissance music. Coming together to benefit MMS are: the Crosstones, None of the Above, Northfield, Edward Little A Cappella Choir, the Afternotes and the Maine Music Society Chamber Singers. Since this is always a sold-out event, make your plans to attend this celebration of music for everyone and purchase your tickets early.

Venue: Gendron Franco Center, 46 Oxford Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
Date & Time: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information:
Advance ticket prices [$2 more at the door]:
General Seating: $25
Children under 12: $10
Group rates: 20% off groups of 10 or more

For tickets call L/A Arts [ticket agent] at 782-7228 or purchase online at www.mainemusicsociety.org

One of the groups performing: The Crosstones - Founded in 1996, The Crosstones is Bates College's oldest co-ed a cappella group. The Crosstones have always been known for their down-to-earth nature, humor, and energy, and have been performing both nationally and locally for 20 years. Previous tours have taken them around New England, over to the West Coast, and even all the way up to Montreal! Known both on and off campus for quirky performances, they perform songs from all genres ranging from Motown to pop to classic rock.

 

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
Oct 6, 2016

Weidler joins Maine Music Society Board of Directors

The Maine Music Society is pleased to welcome Patty Weidler to its Board of Directors.
Patricia holds degrees from Cornell University, University of Maine at Orono, and University of Maine School of Law. For many years, she lived in the Bryant Pond area and taught secondary alternative education, adult education, and college courses, mostly in the fields of Language Arts and mathematics. She moved to the Lewiston-Auburn area over twelve years ago and practiced family law and workers’ compensation at Linnell, Choate & Webber. Patricia currently is self-employed as a Guardian ad Litem. Her hobbies include gardening, music, sewing, and quilting. She volunteers at the Courthouse Assistance Project and sings alto with the MMS Chorale. Patricia has a large family that lives throughout the country and Montreal.

The Maine Music Society is a nonprofit music-performing organization that strives to serve the communities of Central Maine through imaginative and artistically excellent public performances and educational activities for youth.