The “Concerts at Jewett” series, sponsored by the University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College, will feature Christine Letcher, soprano and pianist, and the band PUMA in concert on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM in Jewett Hall on the Augusta campus.
Christine Letcher’s program will explore the mutual influences and borrowing techniques of French classical composers with American jazz musicians in the early-to-mid 20th century. The first half of the program will feature classical works for voice and piano by French Impressionist and Modernist composers Debussy and Ravel, among others. In the second half of the program, Letcher will sing jazz standards with the band, PUMA.
Letcher is a lecturer in music at the University of Maine at Augusta. She teaches applied lessons in piano and voice, music theory courses, and 20th and 21st-century music history. She is also the director of UMA’s newest steel drum ensemble. Letcher is the choir director and organist at the UUCC Church in Winthrop.
PUMA consists of five friends who have been involved in the UMA music program as students and faculty. The music can be called “modern jazz,” consisting of tunes from the 1940s through the present. It is offered in the common jazz format which emphasizes improvisation by the musicians. The performers are Letcher (vocal), Bill Moseley (flute), Andy Moulton (guitar), Dave Briggs (bass) and Andy Schultz (percussion).
Tickets are $10, students $5, 12-and-under free. Buy tickets online, at Dave’s Appliance in Winthrop, or at the door. Call 621-3551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or for mail order tickets.The next event in the Concerts at Jewett series will feature Maine-ly Harmony and Back Bay Four. These two a cappella groups were a hit in our 2018 season! Their performance will be held on March 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM in Jewett Hall. (Snow date – March 15, 2020)