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UMM Presents Off the Edge of the Sea Music Series

Added on: October 27, 2012

Performances and workshops scheduled for Fridays in November

Stephen SanfilippoMACHIAS, Maine – During the month of November, the University of Maine at Machias will present Off the Edge of the Sea, a series of concerts and learning engagements in the performing arts that will feature a diverse line up of local and national musicians.

Stephen Sanfilippo will lead off the series with “Songs of the Coast” at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 2. He will present historic, traditional, and contemporary songs of the sea and the shore, with five-string banjo, guitar, and concertina for accompaniment. Many of the songs have choruses, rousing or sensitive, which Sanfilippo will teach to the audience, encouraging participation.

Earlier in the day at 2 p.m., Sanfilippo will present a lecture on methods of researching historic songs, the lives of historic singers and song collectors, setting lyrics found without tunes to music, and he’ll tell stories of his 40-year career of singing and educating.

On Friday, November 9, the series will present “The Cage on the Edge of the Sea,” a celebration of the centennial of the birth of composer John Cage, considered one of the most influential and controversial artists of the 20th century. The 7 p.m. concert will present a range of the composer’s work spanning 50 years and will include performances by Grammy Award-winning pianist Paul Sullivan, internationally recognized percussionist Gustavo Aguilar, and UMM’s own music professor Gene Nichols and instructor Duane Ingalls.

A lecture on the life and music of Cage will be held at 6 p.m. before the concert.

Lil' RevOn Friday, November 16, the series will present “Roots Ukulele with Lil’ Rev” at 7 p.m. Lil’ Rev is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and music-historian. He currently writes instructional books for Hal Leonard Publishing, presents clinics all over the U.S., and tours internationally as a performer of time honored classics and original songs. Lil’ Rev was inducted into the Traditional Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

Lil’ Rev will also present a workshop earlier in the day at noon titled, “Essential Strums, Strokes, and Tricks for Ukulele.” The class is open to all levels and is a virtual smorgasbord of tools for the ukulele player to use for improving his or her skills.

All performances and workshops will take place in the UMM Performing Arts Center, with the exception of Lil Rev’s ukulele workshop and concert, which will take place in Portside, Kimball Hall. Performance tickets are $10 each, $15 for a couple, free for UMM students, and $3 for non-UMM students. Workshops and lectures are free admission. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling 255-1370.

The Off the Edge of the Sea series is funded by the Libra Foundation, a Portland-based philanthropic organization.

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