Mary Potterton Memorial Concerts to welcome the return of Maurer and McIntyre

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LUBEC — The Mary Potterton Memorial Concerts will present Andrea Maurer on flute/alto flute accompanied by Richard McIntyre on piano 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Congregational Christian Church of Lubec, 46 Main St.

Maurer was sponsored by The United States Information Service to perform in Mumbai, India. She was principal flute in the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony and the LA Korean Philharmonic and performed in the Pasadena Woodwind Quintet. Currently, Maurer performs with a number of professional orchestras and chamber ensembles in the mid-Atlantic region. She is a resident of Pennsylvania and Lubec. McIntyre 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 evening’s music program will include works by Martin, McIntyre, Satie and Zyman.

Frank Martin (1890-1974) was born in Switzerland, the youngest of the ten children of a Calvinist pastor. Martin started to improvise on the piano prior to his formal schooling. At the age of nine he had already written a few songs without external musical instruction. Respecting his parents’ wishes, he studied mathematics and physics but at the same time was also studying piano, composition and harmony. In 1926 he established the Chamber Music Society of Geneva which, for the next ten years he conducted, as well as contributing on the clavichord and piano. Martin’s music was often inspired by his Christianity. His “Ballade for Flute” was written in 1939 and was a mandatory audition piece for a Geneva competition. This ballade alternates the fragile, nervous expressiveness of the soloist opening theme with faster, somewhat motoric music.

Long time SummerKeys performer and teacher of organ and piano, Richard McIntyre is an accomplished composer and last year, wrote his second opera, “In A Grove,” which was extremely well received. We will hear the debut performance of his work, “Prelude and Fugue for Flute and Piano”, composed in the summer of 2018. Both pieces employ a mix of traditional and whole-tone scales, and the fugue subject loosely suggests a tone row, using all twelve chromatic pitches in a set order.

Eric Satie (1866-1925) was a French composer and pianist, an influential artist in the late 19th- and early 20th-century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd. An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a “gymnopedist” in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the “Gymnopedies.” Later, he also referred to himself as a “phonometrician” (one who measures sounds), preferring this designation to that of “musician”. In addition to his body of music, Satie was “a thinker with a gift of eloquence” who left a remarkable set of writings. The Gnossiennes are several piano compositions he wrote in the late 19th century. The works are for the most part in free time (lacking time signatures or bar divisions) and highly experimental with form, rhythm and chordal structure. The form as well as the term was invented by Satie. His “Gnossienne No. 1 for Alto Flute and Piano” (arranged by Laurie Perks) will be performed.

Samuel Zyman (b. 1956), a long-time New York-based professor of Music Theory and Analysis at the Juilliard School, is acknowledged as one of the leading Mexican composers on the international scene today. As of June 2019, Zyman’s catalogue lists 70 works in a wide variety of genres. His music is characterized by intense and vigorous rhythmic energy, expressive lyricism, and the frequent use of near-jazzy imitative counterpoint. His musical language often displays both his Mexican and his Jewish heritage. Zyman’s best known composition is his “Sonata for Flute and Piano # 1”, a work that has entered the standard repertoire and will be heard this evening.

McFadden’s Variety will host intermission refreshments. Piano tuning donations are gratefully accepted. Intermission refreshments are provided by local businesses. For more information on our concert series as well as the music, art, photography and cabaret classes at SummerKeys, A Music Vacation, call 207-733-2316, email sksmail@summerkeys.com or visit our website at summerkeys.com


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