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“Quartet for the End of Time” in 3rd Mary Potterton Memorial Concert

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LUBEC, Maine — The third Mary Potterton Memorial Concert takes place at 7:30 p.m.  Thursday, July 5, upstairs in Lubec’s Congregational Christian Church. After-concert refreshments provided by The Homeport Inn.

Violinist/Violist Mary Jo Carlsen, a Montana native, earned her degrees from the University of Washington. She studied with Itzhak Perlman in New York, taught at Colby College for 20 years, and has played in France, Italy and the US. She performs with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Portland Symphony Orchestra among others, and gives chamber and solo recitals. She moved to ME in 1982 and teaches in her home studio in Waterville. Her recordings can be found on Capstone Records and Telarc.

Clarinetist Anna Maria Baeza is active in solo and chamber music and has given recitals throughout the US, Canada, France, the Czech Republic and Hungary. She holds a DMA degree from SUNY at Stony Brook, and Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Southern California. Ms. Baeza has taught at Summerkeys since 2000.

A native of Friesing, Germany, Joachim Woitun studied cello at The Richard Strauss Conservatory and The State University of Music in Munich. After moving to the US to continue his studies, he earned music degrees from Eastern Washington University and Queens College, C. U. N. Y. He has given numerous sonata and chamber music performances, co-directs the String Department at the Packer Collegiate Institute, and teaches at the Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan.

Pianist Gregory Biss was born in Illinois and educated chiefly in New England and Germany. He has studied piano with Lionel Nowak and Nadia Reisenberg and composition with Leon Kirchner and Karlheinz Stockhausen. His works have been performed by the Denver Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Biss was one of the first pianists to join Mr. Potterton at SummerKeys.

These four will perform Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for The End of Time.” Composed in 1940-41 during Messiaen’s imprisonment in a German POW camp, it is one of the most stunning examples of 20th century chamber music, and has 8 movements. Among Messiaen’s fellow inmates were three professional musicians: a violinist, clarinetist and cellist, and each movement features various instrumental arrangements. The Quartet’s first performance took place in the rain on broken-down instruments, before a rapt audience of prisoners.

Concerts are free, but piano-tuning donations are always welcome. For all things SummerKeys, visit summerkeys.com, call 207-733-2316.