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Divine operas

USM shows off two Puccini one-acts
USM shows off two Puccini one-acts
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 18, 2009

Opening pitch

The most moving moment of this year’s Boston Symphony Orchestra opening gala came before the concert started — the standing ovation for James Levine, who looked rested and recuperated after his kidney surgery this summer, an operation that forced him to
James Levine’s gala and Brahms, Russell Sherman’s Liszt, the Bostonians’ Kurt Weill
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 01, 2008

The golden age

The University of Southern Maine’s School of Music celebrates a golden anniversary, with a performance featuring nearly 300 performers and two world premieres by Maine composers.
The USM School of Music celebrates 50 years
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  April 25, 2007

In the right field

In his third year as resident composer and professor at the University of Southern Maine, Daniel Sonenberg is making his mark in the field.
Daniel Sonenberg gets everyone into the compositional league
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  March 12, 2007

Mixing it up with Strauss

Although the works of German composer Richard Strauss rank among my favorites, it was unfair to give him credit last week for Die Fledermaus .
USM performs Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  February 14, 2007

Orpheus ascending

Chinese-born director Chen Shi-Zheng is the latest in a line of original opera directors (Sarah Caldwell, Peter Sellars) who’ve developed a Boston following.
Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Richard Conrad, Dolores Ziegler, and John Ferrillo
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 26, 2006