UMF Concert Band performs Thursday

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FARMINGTON – The UMF Concert Band, comprised of UMF students and community members, will perform its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16, in Nordica Auditorium at University of Maine at Farmington’s Merrill Hall.

The program, selected by band members and directed by Anita Jerosch, is a collection of film music including “Star Wars,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Chicken Run” and “Somewhere in Time,” among others.

Dustin Harrison, a first-year UMF music student, will be featured in the trumpet solo in the performance of music from “Schindler’s List.” Before coming to UMF, Harrison, from Greene, was active in his high school music program where he played in the concert band, jazz band and marching band. In 2007, Harrison was selected to play in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Jerosch, a versatile bass trombonist and euphonium player, is a member of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and directs the Edith Jones Project— a modern, big band jazz group. She has performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Maine State Music Theater and has played for Carol Channing, Rita Moreno, Barry Manilow and The Manhattan Transfer and performed at both inaugural balls for President Clinton.

Jerosch will give a talk before the concert from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on “Film Scores: John Williams and Star Wars,” about the process of writing a film score from the hiring of the composer to the final edits. She will focus on Star Wars since it was and still is an enormous success and was written by hand with acoustic instruments (1977). Most scores today are written on computers. This talk is being made possible by the Gold LEAF Institute Senior College at UMF. (For more information about Gold LEAF, call 778-7063 or go to the Web site: goldleaf.wikispaces.com.)  

Tickets are available at the door the night of the performance and are priced at $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and are free to UMF students with University I.D. For more information about the concert, please contact the UMF Department of Visual and Performing Arts at 207-778-7072.

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