UMaine -D'Anna Fortunato and Friends present world premiere of Dividend by Beth Wiemann + works by Elliott Schwartz, Sept. 23-24


Sep 23 2016 - 7:30pm

Mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, an admired favorite on the international concert stage, will celebrate Maine composers in a concert at the UMaine School of Performing Arts, with esteemed colleagues Peter H. Bloom, multiple flutes; Thomas Hill, clarinet; and Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp. The program, Mostly Maine Composers, will be a tribute to Elliott Schwartz in his 80th year, and will honor other Maine composers Beth Wiemann, Richard Nelson, Elizabeth Vercoe and Michael Viens.

Tickets are $9, or free with a valid student MaineCard, and available online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.4703.
The performance also will be held at 3 p.m., Sept. 24 at the University of Maine at Augusta.

The unique program will feature the premiere of “Dividend” (2016, for voice, flute, clarinet and piano), written for the occasion by Beth Wiemann, chair of the Music Department at UMaine School of Performing Arts. Also being performed: “Souvenir for Clarinet and Piano” (1990) and “Soliloquy III for Solo Flute” by Elliott Schwartz (2015, written for Peter H. Bloom); “Play of Light” (2010, for Bloom and Rupert: flute, piccolo, bass flute, and harp) by Richard Nelson, professor of music at the University of Maine at Augusta; “Ah, Winged Muse” and other songs by Michael Viens; “As It Fell Upon a Day” for (voice, flute, and clarinet) by Aaron Copland; “Kleemation” (2003, flute and piano) by Elizabeth Vercoe and “Four Fragments from the Canterbury Tales” (voice, flute, clarinet, and piano) by Lester Trimble.