UMF presents inaugural program in Contemporary Listening

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FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington will present “Piano at the Boundaries,” featuring Steven Pane, pianist and UMF professor of music, as the inaugural program in a new “Contemporary Listening” performance series. Pane, assisted by UMF music student Seth Fogg, will be performing the program at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, October 2; and Saturday, October 3, at Nordica Auditorium in UMF Merrill Hall.


UMF Professor of Music Steven Pane

An alternative to the traditional concert format, the “Contemporary Listening” performance will place classical works in new contexts, including multimedia, exploring the infinite ways to find meaning and understanding in the music. Rather than assuming one, correct and historical way to experience music, “Contemporary Listening” acknowledges the uniqueness of each listener.

The initial program will feature Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B minor; Henry Cowell’s “The Banshee” in an ‘open reading’ with added electronics; two etudes for piano and loop pedals by UMF student, Seth Fogg; and “Torrid Mix” for piano and electronics by Mike McFerron.

Each selection represents some type of transformation. The Liszt is based on three melodies that transform into very different tunes throughout the work. Henry Cowell’s “The Banshee” transforms the way the piano is sounded as the entire piece is played on the piano strings. Fogg’s etudes digitally transform the sound of the piano through loop pedals as does “Torrid Mix”, where the piano performs with a tape of modified piano samples along with the energetic voice of Chicago rapper, “DJ Jazzy.”

The concert is sponsored by the UMF Division of the Arts and is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door the night of the performance at $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for UMF students with I.D. This performance is not recommended for very young children.

For more information, please contact the UMF Division of the Arts at 207-778-7072, or at robin.palmermosher@maine.edu. More information is available at the website: contemporarylistening.wordpress.com.

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