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Concert June 13 at Blue Hill

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BLUE HILL, Maine — Retiring University of Maine music professor Ludlow Hallman and

three colleagues will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, in the sanctuary of

the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.

Soprano Karen Pendleton, mezzo-soprano Marcia Gronewold Sly and tenor Francis

John Vogt will join Hallman, a baritone, for a program of music by Beethoven,

Schumann, Mozart and Verdi. Pianist Clayton W. Smith will accompany the ensemble

for selections from opera, oratorio and chamber music, featuring various combinations

of voices.

The program’s centerpiece will be Robert Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel, a

lively group of ten songs set to adaptations of Spanish poems compiled by Emanuel

Geibel. In celebration of Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th year of birth, the ensemble will perform

duets and quartets from Messa da Requiem, Don Carlo and Rigoletto.

All four singers are longtime favorite performers in the Blue Hill area. Ludlow Hallman

recently sang a recital of Schumann Lieder in Blue Hill. Karen Pendleton has been

heard in the Vanderkay Summer Music Series and with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society

and the Bagaduce Chorale. Marcia Gronewold Sly is founder of Blue Hill Bach and has

been heard in the Vanderkay series and other concerts. Fran Vogt, a regular performer

with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, has been heard with Blue Hill Bach and the

Bagaduce Chorale.

Proceeds of the concert will benefit the First Congregational Church’s organ and piano

maintenance fund. Admission at the door is by a suggested donation of $20; students

will be admitted free of charge. For information, phone (207) 374-2891 or e-mail