LUBEC — The Mary Potterton Memorial Concerts will present Lewy and McIntyre 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Congregational Christian Church, 46 Main St.
The Mary Potterton Memorial Concerts will conclude this season featuring Peter Lewy on cello, Richard McIntyre on piano and guest artist Andrea Maurer on flute. SummerKeys teacher, performer and composer, Lewy, who resides and teaches in New York City, has been a popular fixture at our music school since its inception. McIntyre, another of our fine long-term faculty members, has worked almost continuously as a church musician since the age of 16 and has served parishes in Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is currently the organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pittstown, New Jersey. The music program will feature works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Lalo, Lewy and McIntyre. The audience will hear original compositions by two of this evening’s performers.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions as well as for vocal music. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. “Suite No. 4 in E-flat major” will be performed on unaccompanied cello. From the first two notes in this magnificent prelude we know that we’re in for grand, rich, deep, and large-scale music. Contributing to the heroic feel of the suite as a whole is Bach’s choice of key: E-flat Major. A few decades after Bach composed this work, E-flat Major became a favorite key for Ludwig van Beethoven (1770, Germany-1827, Austria), another composer to be considered the greatest of all time! Beethoven’s career is conventionally divided into early, middle, and late periods. In the early period, 1801, he composed “Seven Variations in E flat major for cello and piano” from a theme from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. The theme of the variation, taken from the duet of Pamina and Papageno in the first act of Mozart’s opera, allowed the instruments to conduct a dialogue on equal terms. These 7 variations will be heard. Edouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo (1823-1892), was a French composer known for the clarity of his orchestration. Perhaps better known for his orchestral works, Lalo was also a master of chamber pieces. His chamber works, which were influential, include a string quartet, 3 piano trios, and cello and violin sonatas. His “Cello Sonata” will be heard this evening.
Peter Lewy has served as principle cellist and concerto soloist with several New York City metropolitan orchestras and his music has been heard on radio stations throughout the U.S., Europe and the Far East. He also composes and his original work will be performed tonight. Richard McIntyre has arranged and composed a large quantity of music for the ensembles under his direction, and his compositions have won recognition from Philadelphia’s Network for New Music, and The New York Virtuoso Singers. His recent work, “Prelude, Passacaglia and Rondo,” a trio, will include special guest Andrea Maurer on flute. The “Rondo” was written during the summer of 2017, thinking of colleagues Lewy and Maurer, who he has accompanied in their SummerKeys concerts for the past several years. The “Passacaglia” was added that same summer and might be described as an elegy to McIntyre’s mother, who, at age 98, was in in her final weeks of life. To complete the work as a three-movement piece, the “Prelude” was composed the following spring. For this performance, the composer quotes: “Peter and Andrea had come together as two-thirds of the orchestra for my opera “In a Grove” in June of 2017. They have been so generous (and brave) in trying out pieces I have submitted to them. I certainly owe them a debt of gratitude.”
Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant and Inn on the Wharf will host this concert’s intermission refreshments!
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