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UMFK faculty to speak about composing town song; Fort Kent youth to perform dance number at premiere

July 16, 2004

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The two University of Maine at Fort Kent professors who together wrote lyrics and composed the music for the Town of Fort Kent's new town song "The Little Town That Could", will speak about the creative process of developing the piece during a ceremony Friday.

Charles Closser Jr., professor of oral communications and Scott Brickman, assistant professor of music at UMFK will talk about creating the musical number at the song's premiere in front of the Fort Kent Town Office on Friday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m.

The idea for the musical piece was conceived by Peggy Moore immediately following the 2004 Biathlon World Cup in March. Moore will also speak at the event.

The July 23rd premiere will feature the voices of a live group community ensemble brought together especially for the first public singing of the piece.

The title of the song was first coined on a First Citizens Bank marquee that was used as a community-wide thank you immediately following the World Cup Biathlon.

Moore felt that "The Little Town That Could" embodied her feelings about the town of Fort Kent and that it should be the theme for this endeavor. She presented her idea to Charles Closser Jr., professor of oral communications and Scott Brickman, assistant professor of music at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, who spent two busy months coming up with the lyrics and musical composition for the song.

The song speaks to life in Fort Kent. It covers the seasons, people, culture and traditions of the town. The refrain of the song is "On parle Francais ici, joyful we all sing free-Fort Kent is the place to be, people so friendly."

Moore hopes that the new motto will be used on town letterhead and that the song will be sung at town functions with lots of pride.

In addition to the presentations and premiere of the song, Girls in Motion, a St. John Valley dance troupe under the direction of Suzie Paradis will perform a choreographed number to the tune.

The dance squad has just completed their most active year since the troupe was founded in 1996.

In addition to being extremely busy with practices and numerous performances the troupe was honored on several occasions by being asked to perform for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Biathlon World Cup event, which put the Town of Fort Kent on the map and also introduced the dance group to their largest audience.

The Girls in Motion dance group also had the honor of performing as part of the University of Maine at Fort Kent's 125th Anniversary Musical Production; a group of 14 dancers performed the Hard Hat Dance in the production which symbolized the construction boom on campus in recent years.

All of this came on the heels of being asked to perform at Disneyland, Florida in September of 2003.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the premiere of "The Little Town That Could" at the Fort Kent Town Office on the opening day of the Ployes Festival, Friday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m.