St. Mark's Episcopal Church will present a Marilyn Tedesco Memorial Concert, "Wind, Wire and Quill" on May 22, 2010. Thomas Marshall, organist/harpsichordist from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, will explore both old and new music in a concert titled “Wind, Wire and Quill” to make the most of three keyboard instruments in this memorial event. The “progressive” concert begins at the South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church Street, Augusta where Mr. Marshall will play the 1866 E. & G.G. Hook organ. After intermission, the program will resume at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 9 Summer Street, Augusta featuring Mr. Marshall’s own French-style harpsichord and St. Mark’s Andover organ. The organ is a modern (1973) mechanical key action (tracker) instrument built as opus 73 of the Andover Organ Company.(more)
Biddeford, ME, 4 March 2010. “La Stagione d’Amore (Season of Love) – an Evening of Opera” will be presented at City Theater in Biddeford on March 12 and 14. Several of Maine’s finest singers will perform scenes from operas such as Carmen, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, The Elixir of Love, Hansel and Gretel, and more.
The cast includes sopranos Danielle Vayenas, Devin Dukes, Jenny Robinson, Rebecca Rinaldi, and Michelle Rawding; mezzo sopranos Sara Sturdivant, Jazmin DeRice and Nicole Rawding; tenors John Coons, Kurt Perry and Jason Phillips, baritone Dan Cyr and bass-baritone John Adams. All have performed throughout the New England region with groups including PORT Opera, Longwood Opera in Massachusetts, Boston Lyric Opera, Maine Oratorio Chorale, Boston Masterworks Chorale and more, and several of the artists have performed in New York and beyond.
Johann Sebastian Bach turns 325 this year, and Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ plan to celebrate in style with their annual Bach Birthday Bash on March 16. This special birthday "party" is a double feature, with the first show at 2 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m., both in Merrill Auditorium, Portland.
Ray Cornils will perform the famous "St. Anne" Prelude and Triple Fugue Eb, Virgil Fox's arrangement of Bach's "Come, Sweet Death," and "Happy Birthday" by British composer Ronald Watson, written in the style of Bach. Selected dances from the Anna Magdalena Bach Book (compiled by Bach and dedicated to his second wife) will also be performed.
Tickets available through PortTix: 207-842-0800 or on line. Ages 12 and under admitted free of charge but must have a ticket. The box office will be open for ticket purchase prior to the concert. In keeping with tradition, a limited number of "pay what you can" tickets will be available 30 minutes before each performance.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 8:00 PM. The opening concert of the August 2009 Festival, featuring works by Honegger, Beethoven and Franck, will be broadcast on the MaineStage program of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network on Wednesday evening, February 24, 2010, at 8:00 PM.
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