Music, concerts and live bands

Musician Al Jarreau performs on stage at the Vienna State Opera House as part of the annual Vienna Jazz Festival in Vienna, Austria on July 5, 2007.

Al Jarreau, seven-time Grammy-winning singer, dies at 76

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Feb. 12, 2017, at 4:41 p.m.
Al Jarreau, a Grammy Award-winning singer whose versatile tenor voice and vibrant stage style blurred the lines between jazz, soul and pop music, died Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.

Nicolai Gedda, ‘electrifying’ Swedish-born operatic tenor, dies at 91

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Feb. 12, 2017, at 1:17 p.m.
Nicolai Gedda, a Swedish-born singer who was one of the most renowned lyric tenors of the 20th century, performing dozens of roles on the world’s leading opera stages, died Jan. 8 in Tolochenaz, Switzerland, where he lived. He was 91.
 Will Mallett of the Mallett Brothers Band perform their new album “The Falling of the Pine" at Stearns High School in Millinocket last Saturday. The album evolved from an encounter with the book “Minstrelsy of Maine: Folk Songs and Ballads of the Woods and the Coast,” and is comprised from lyrics from the book, set to newly arranged music.

Maine’s mythic past is set to music on new album from the Mallett Brothers Band

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 08, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
“Maine is such an important part of our identity as a band.”
Musician Lady Gaga arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Nov. 20, 2016.

Lady Gaga takes Super Bowl spotlight, but how will she use it?

By Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters on Feb. 01, 2017, at 7:39 p.m.

Music buffet at Penobscot United Methodist Church

on Jan. 18, 2017, at 11:37 a.m.
Noreen Silver, the principal cellist for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, plays a snippet of the F.J. Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major on Jan. 10 at her home in Bangor.

BSO soloist, conductor think small for upcoming concert

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 18, 2017, at 8:09 a.m.
Noreen Silver, principal cellist for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, will play with the orchestra F.J. Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major at the BSO’s upcoming Jan. 22 concert in Orono — a piece that, as she says, leaves the musician very much exposed to the listener.

For artists of color, Obama leaves a musical legacy too

By Travis M. Andrews, The Washington Post on Jan. 11, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
What can be lost in these “listicles” is the unprecedented impact Obama had on artists of color, from giving relatively unknown performers like BJ the Chicago Kid an enormous platform to inviting rappers into conversations about criminal justice reform.

Foxcroft Academy winter student recital at Dover-Foxcroft church

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 1 p.m.

Portland Chamber Music Festival presents ‘Variations on Light’ at SPACE Gallery

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 10:12 a.m.
British singer George Michael performs on the first night of the British leg of his tour at the MEN Arena in Manchester, northern England, Nov. 17, 2006.

Singer George Michael of Wham! fame dies at 53

By Guy Faulconbridge, Reuters on Dec. 25, 2016, at 8:06 p.m.
British singer George Michael, who became one of the pop idols of the 1980s with Wham! and then forged a career as a successful solo artist with sometimes sexually provocative lyrics, died at his home in England on Sunday. He was 53.
Richard Nickerson

Windham high school choral director and Houlton high school grad is a finalist for Grammy educator award

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
Richard Nickerson is one of 10 finalists up for the award, created by the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation.

A North Country Christmas by The North Country Strings in Sangerville, Pittsfield and Orono

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.

Christmas cantata ‘His Name is Jesus’

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 8:48 a.m.
VoXX will present "Music for the New Year" five times in January 2017

VoXX presents “Music for the New Year”

By G Ogden on Nov. 25, 2016, at 9:27 a.m.

Albert ‘Diz’ Russell, lead singer with two influential doo-wop groups, dies at 83

By Terence McArdle, The Washington Post on Nov. 24, 2016, at 9:14 a.m.
Albert “Diz” Russell, a baritone lead singer with two influential doo-wop groups, the Regals and the Orioles, died Nov. 16 at a hospital in Cheverly, Maryland.

UMF Community Chorus presents concert for the holiday season on Dec. 4

on Nov. 22, 2016, at 5:27 p.m.

Musica Sacra for Advent 2016 slated for Dec. 3

on Nov. 22, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
Rachel Barton Pine

Soloist sets Collins Center ablaze with Bangor Symphony

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 22, 2016, at 12:36 p.m.
Members of the BSO sat mesmerized by Pine’s solo in the concerto’s middle section.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings perform before Hall & Oates at the Darlings Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on July 14, 2016.

Sharon Jones, powerful soul singer with throwback style, dies at 60

By Matt Schudel, Washington Post on Nov. 20, 2016, at 10:02 a.m.
Miss Jones, as she was always introduced in the dynamic stage shows with her backing band, the Dap-Kings, had a raw, unreconstructed singing style drawn straight from the heyday of soul music in the 1960s.

BSO to feature violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Nov. 20

on Nov. 16, 2016, at 3 p.m.