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Time and Winds, USM Wind Ensemble Conducted by Trae Blanco

The USM Wind Ensemble presents their concert “Time and Winds” showcasing the evolution of the chamber winds in the 1900’s. The concert opens with Tielman Susato’s “Selections from The Dansereye; the earliest piece of music for winds performed in consort with USM Director of Bands Dr. Trae Blanco conducting from the harpsichord. Czech composer Ernest Kreneck is highlighted with his comical Three Merry Marches complete with movement and musical amusement. The concert closes with Kurt Weill’s iconic Threepenny Suite from his opera of the same name. The ensemble includes USM alumni Jimmy Dority on accordion in this concert suite that will take you back to 1920’s Berlin in an evening cabaret setting.

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The concert will take place on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus.

Tickets are $8 for the general public, and $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni. Purchase tickets online at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice, by phone at (207) 780-5555, or at the door.

The USM Wind Ensemble is a unique musical experience for its members as well as for its audience, being essentially an ensemble of soloists. This group has established a tradition of performing chamber and large instrumentations, traditional or experimental combinations, and early through contemporary literature. The membership of the USM Wind Ensemble is selected from Concert Band personnel, and conducted by Trae Blanco. For this concert, selections will include percussion, guitar, piano, harpsichord and accordion!

About the Conductor

Dr. Trae Blanco is in his first year as Director of Bands at the University of Southern Maine. In July 2015, he was a guest conductor with the United States Army “Pershing’s Own” Concert Band in Washington, D.C. In both 2015 and 2016 Dr. Blanco was a finalist in the American Prize in Wind Conducting.

Dr. Blanco holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from the Herberger Institute at Arizona State University where his principal teachers included Professor Gary W. Hill and Dr. Wayne Bailey. Prior to attending ASU, Blanco completed a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting with Professor Stephen W. Pratt at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Music in Music education degree from New Mexico State University (NMSU). He has continued conducting studies with workshops across the country.

To learn more about concert band and wind ensemble opportunities at the University of Southern Maine, contact Dr. Trae Blanco at charlie.blanco@maine.edu.

Members of the press and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, loria@maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM’s telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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