Concerts at Jewett

The University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College announce the 2017-2018 concert schedule for the 15th season of “Concerts at Jewett” held at Jewett Hall Auditorium.

Tickets are $10, students and ages 13-18, $5, and children 12 and under free. Tickets are available at Pat’s Pizza of Augusta, Dave’s Appliance in Winthrop and at the door.

Subscriptions (7 or more concerts) at reduced rates are available by mail. Be a PATRON – contribute $100 or more to the Community Presentations Fund and attend all concerts free. For further information call 621-3551, email umasc@maine.edu, or visit concertsatjewett.com.

The series, sponsored by local businesses and private contributions, features talented Maine performers representing a variety of musical forms. Profits will be used to subsidize present and future lectures and concerts to benefit the community.

The following artists will perform:

Sunday, October 29,2017, 2PM – Novel Jazz. Led by Barney Balch, this research-based, highly skilled, and very popular 7-piece jazz band, with members from all over Maine, will present its specialty: the personally researched music and history of Duke Ellington (over 1,000 compositions) and Billy Strayhorn (composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger).

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2PM – (snow date Dec. 3) – Paul Sullivan. A composer/pianist, Paul has performed on three continents, received a Grammy Award, and teamed with the school children of Brooklin, ME, to perform with Noel Paul Stookey, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and David Grisman. Paul will feature his original pieces and share his pleasant/quirky observations about music and life.

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 2PM – Downeast Brass and Jay Zoller, organist. An annual favorite, this Christmas concert will feature the five members of central Maine’s very popular Downeast Brass, under the direction of Dwight Tibbetts, and Jay Zoller playing a restored 1866 E. & G.G. Hook Pipe Organ. This concert will be held at the  South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church St., Augusta.

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 2PM – (snow date Jan. 14) – The Don Roy Ensemble. Don Roy is a champion fiddler with depth in many styles of fiddling; his wife, Cindy, is well known for her step dancing piano accompaniment. The Roys’ musical passion lies with the French-Canadian tradition, followed closely by Celtic music. Their ensemble will keep your toes tapping!

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2PM – (snow date Feb. 25) – Augusta Symphony Orchestra Ensembles. In a new venture, two ensembles of ASO instrumentalists will present a series of classical pieces. Concerts at Jewett and ASO are excited to feature this latest ASO innovation on the Jewett Hall stage.

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2PM – (snow date Mar. 18) – Maine-ly Harmony and Back Bay Four. These two a cappella groups were very well received when we featured them in 2015, and are returning with even more performances and awards to their credit – a feel-good afternoon of skilled harmony and opportunities to sing along with over thirty talented vocalists!

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2PM – State Street Traditional Jazz Band. The second of our jazz offerings features traditional New Orleans jazz. Led by their founder, John Page, every member of this band has a passion to play and preserve traditional New Orleans jazz by capturing the original “Preservation Hall Jazz Band” era of music – a lively afternoon!

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2PM – Chiharu Naruse. A classical pianist, Chiharu holds master’s degrees in Music Performance and Music Instruction from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. She has toured in France and won the silver prize in the Hyogo Piano Competition in Japan. She is currently on the Applied Music Faculty (Classical Piano) at Bates College.