Stonington’s Burnt Cove Church to be opened as performance venue

Posted May 25, 2012, at 4:07 p.m.

STONINGTON, Maine — Burnt Cove Church Community Center will officially be opened as a community performance venue at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, with a solo performance by soprano and Maine Public Broadcasting Network radio personality Suzanne Nance.

Nance will be accompanied by New York City-based pianist Maureen Zoltek. The program, “Suzanne Sings! Songs of Life, Love, and Other ‘Good Stuff,’” will include opera selections from Mozart and Bizet as well as classical compositions by Satie, Faure, Poulenc, and a Spanish song-cycle by Manuel de Falla, as well as popular selections from Gerschwin, Bock, Previn, and Sondheim.

“Suzanne has such a warm and lively soprano range and personality, and with her strong creative support of the arts throughout Maine she is the perfect person to inaugurate this new performance space,” said Linda Nelson, Opera House Arts’ executive director. “We are honored to present her artistry as part of our Centennial season.”

The newly-renovated church at 17 Airport Road will function as a secondary performance and rehearsal space for Opera House Arts, the not-for-profit organization responsible for restoring and returning to life the 1912 Stonington Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places, which is celebrating its Centennial year. At the bequest of the Burnt Cove Church Community Center’s board of directors, OHA has overseen the eight-month restoration of the building, has booked 12 performances into it for the summer of 2012, and will manage additional community use of the space. Those interested in booking the space can contact Opera House Arts at info@operahousearts.org, or 367-2788.

Tickets for the June 2 performance are $25, with fixed income tickets available for $20 and Island students. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit Opera House Arts at operahousearts.org. Programs sell out and advance ticket purchases are recommended. Parking at the church is limited, and audience members are advised to car pool and to be prepared to walk. Accessible parking and entrance to the church is available. Facilities at the church are limited to port-a-potties.

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