CAMDEN, Maine — This summer’s Edna St. Vincent Millay celebration will continue with a musical evening of the Millay’s poem settings on Wednesday, August 22. Soprano Nancy Ellen Ogle and pianist Laura Artesani, faculty at the University of Maine School of Performing Arts in Orono, will perform at 7 p.m. in the Millay Room at the historic Whitehall Inn in Camden.
This is the fourteenth of 20 events in the Millay series marking the 100th anniversary of the “discovery” of the future Pulitzer-prize winning poet at the Whitehall Inn on Aug. 29, 1912.
Nancy Ogle holds a master of music degree in vocal performance from Indiana University, where she studied voice with Martha Lipton. Her concert career has included television appearances in Canada and Germany as well as the United States and performances in England, Austria, Russia, Georgia (Republic), and Japan.
Ogle has also performed premieres of many concert works, including pieces by composers John Eaton, Don Stratton, Jan Gilbert, Marilyn Ziffrin, Don Dilworth, and Mary Ann Joyce.
With help from accompanying musicians and scholars of poetry and composition, Ogle has evaluated hundreds of scores of unpublished works by American composers living throughout the United States and abroad.
In addition to “The Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay,” her recital programs include “American Poetry of the 1930s,” “American Poetry of the 1950s,” “American Women Poets,” “American Women Composers,” “New York Composers,” “Maine Composers,” and song settings of the poetry of Emily Dickinson.
Pianist Laura Artesani serves as piano accompanist for the University Singers and the Athena Consort, two choral ensembles in the UMaine School of Performing Arts. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Maine Music Educators Association.
Artesani received a master’s in piano performance from the University of Maine, and she earned a doctorate in piano performance from West Virginia University, where she was the recipient of the Swiger Teaching Fellowship for four years.
Works to be performed at the August 22 concert include two versions of Millay’s “Recuerdo,” “First Fig,” “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed,” and many others.
Admission for the concert is free, and seating is limited. For more information or to make a dinner reservation before the concert, call the Whitehall Inn at 236- 3391.