AUGUSTA — The University of Maine at August will feature compositions by Maine composers. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in Jewett Auditorium, 46 University Drive.

Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, an admired favorite on the international concert stage, will celebrate Maine composers in a concert 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, the dean of Maine composers, in his 80th year, and will honor several other Maine composers including UMA faculty member Richard Nelson, University of Maine’s Beth Wiemann, Elizabeth Vercoe (Chamberlain, Maine) and Michael Viens (Cape Neddick, Maine).

A vivid, wide-ranging concert will provide a dazzling tour of recent works by these pre-eminent Maine composers, together with Aaron Copland’s charming As It Fell Upon a Day and Lester Trimble’s witty and captivating Four Fragments from the Canterbury Tales.

The Maine composers will be on hand to introduce their pieces and to discuss the music in an informal Q&A following the concert.

The program will also perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at U Maine Orono Minsky Recital Hall.

The University of Maine at Augusta is online at.

The concert is free and open to the general public. For more information email [email protected], call 621-3214 or visit

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