Bucksport arts society to hold annual gala concert on Aug. 24

Posted Aug. 07, 2013, at 11:24 a.m.

BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society will present The Second Annual Gala Concert featuring internationally renowned musicians in a program of classics, jazz and Broadway at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Bucksport Performing Arts Center, Bucksport Middle School, 100 Miles Lane. The artists who will perform have established roots in the Bucksport area. Joining them will be Bucksport High School band director Mark Neslusan. The event, featuring the Kawaii grand piano purchased by the society, will benefit the society’s programs and activities.

The program will include pieces for violin, viola and piano by Bruch, Piano Quartet 1 in G minor by Mozart, selections from the American Songbook and the Piano Quartet 1 in G minor by Brahms.

Daniel Epstein, coordinator of the event and professor of piano at Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers University, is an internationally recognized concert pianist who lives in New York City, and summers on Toddy Pond with his wife Betsey Peters-Epstein, an opera singer and cabaret artist, who regularly perform in concerts and chamber music festivals in and around the Northeast.

Also performing will be violinist Claudia Erdberg Warburg, who is on the music faculty of Duke University and a former member of the Ciompi String Quartet; violist Robert Dan, formerly a resident artist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and now a teacher at Bates College; and cellist Priscilla Taylor, creator and artistic director of Decompression Chamber Music and instructor of cello and string method at the University of  Massachusetts in Boston.

Admission is by suggested donation of $15 at the door. Further support for the event will be accepted. Tax deductible contributions may be made to American Institute for Performing and Fine Arts Management Inc.

For information, call Mark Neslusan at 902-1148.

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