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Bruce Potterton in Second Mary Potterton Memorial Concert

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When the first musical notes of SummerKeys sounded twenty odd years ago, not even founder Bruce Potterton knew what a full-fledged program it would become. Now, it includes 26 pianos, a faculty of the same number, and countless students and classes. The company of fellow music lovers, friendly local people, and natural beauty provides a ‘summer camp for adults’ atmosphere. The SummerKeys’ Mary Potterton Memorial Concert Series gathers an enthusiastic and rapidly growing audience from Lubec and surrounding towns.

Mr. Potterton will perform in the season’s second concert on Wednesday, June 27th at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Potterton is on the faculty of the Henry St. Settlement and the Turtle Bay Music School in New York, and studied with Sasha Gorodnitzski of Juilliard for many years. Mr. Potterton opens his concert with a piece by Dmitri Shostakovich, “Prelude and Fugue No.1,” entirely in C major and filled with haunting melodies illustrating the calm after World War II.

In utter contrast to Shostakovich is W.A. Mozart’s “Sonata in C, K 309.” The featured second movement was composed with young German pupil Rosa Cannabich in mind. Following is one of Frederic Chopin’s Nocturnes, an aria in E flat major, composed in his later years and filled with wonderful theme developments.

Next come two Claude Debussy pieces. “La Puerta del vVino” is a slow, sultry dance, akin to Flamenco and Cante Hondo, “with wild swings between joy and despair.” The prelude “Ondine” is splashy and colorful, an interpretative tale of the mermaid of European legend. There will also be a composition by Mr. Potterton’s friend of thirty years, Hugh Sam.

The Downeast Windjammer Eastport-Lubec Ferry (546-2927 or 288-4585) will be running again this year, with special 6:30 pm trips for all Wednesday concerts, starting June 20th. This concert will be upstairs in Lubec’s Congregational Christian Church, with intermission refreshments provided by the West Quoddy Lighthouse Keepers Association. Concerts are free, but piano-tuning donations are always welcome. For all things SummerKeys, visit, call 207-733-2316, or e-mail