Sunday Concerts at First Church in Belfast presents The Bayside Trio

Niocle Rabata
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Niocle Rabata
Posted Aug. 07, 2011, at 8:14 p.m.
Anastasia Antonacos
Alexandra C. Daley-Clark
Anastasia Antonacos
Benjamin Noyes
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Benjamin Noyes

BELFAST, Maine — The Bayside Trio will play at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug, 14, at the First Church on Church Street. The event is free and open to all.

The Bayside Trio is composed of Anastasia Antonacos, piano; Nicole Rabata, flute; and Benjamin Noyes, cello. All have performed worldwide, making this a special event at First Church.

Dr. Anastasia Antonacos has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has played at the Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory and Alice Tully Hall. She also has played in Greece, Russia, France and Belgium, as well in the United States. Antonacos has made solo appearances with the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. She holds doctoral and master’s degrees in piano performance from Indiana University. She is a member of the full-time piano faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Flutist Nicole Rabata has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. She holds a postgraduate artists’ diploma and a master’s

degree in performance from Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. Career highlights include appearances at the International Flute Festival of Lund, Sweden, and the Magic Flute Festival in Stockholm. Rabata has performed at the Portland Chamber Music Festival and has performed and presented lectures at the National Flute Conventions in San Diego and New York City. She recently spent two months teaching and performing in India with the Colby College JanPlan program, coaching chamber music at the Gandhi Ashram school in the Himalayas. Rabata serves on the faculty at Colby College, where she maintains an active flute studio and is principal flute in the Colby Symphony Orchestra.

Benjamin Noyes grew up in Portland. He found local acclaim immediately, and while attending the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Irene Sharp invited him to study in San Francisco. There, he attended the School of the Arts and San Francisco Conservatory’s preparatory division. He won numerous awards, including first prize in NFAA’s ARTS Recognition, National Federation of Music Clubs, and National ASTA competitions, as well as being selected by Yo-Yo Ma to participate as soloist and recitalist throughout China to perform with the Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzen and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras.

He attended, as an undergraduate, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, then the Eastman School of Music, but received a bachelor’s degree in music from Rice University. He continued his studies, receiving a master’s degree from Northwestern University while gaining professional experience in Chicago Symphony’s Civic Orchestra program from such maestros as Pierre Boulez, Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniel Barenboim. Enjoying the recent return to his roots in Portland, he maintains a private studio and continues to garner acclaim for performances of solo recital programs, chamber ensemble concerts and nonclassical ventures.

The program will include works by Bach, Liszt, Haydn, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Robert Edward Smith and Astor Piazzolla.

The Bayside Trio is the third in the Sunday Concerts series of 2011. The final concert will present Laura Kargal, piano, with an all-Liszt program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Admission is free. For more information, call Ron Dow, organist and choir director at First Church, at 323-0186.

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