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Penultimate Mary Potterton Memorial Concerts

Posted Aug. 16, 2012, at 10:32 a.m.

We are approaching the coda of the SummerKeys music season. Two exciting concerts will take place on August 22nd and 23rd, at 7:30 p.m.

The first concert, Wednesday the 22nd, will feature violist Margrét Hjaltested, accompanied by pianist John Newell.

Margrét Hjaltested graduated from the Reykjavik College of Music, the Juilliard School and the Mannes College of Music. She is a recipient of the American Scandinavian Society’s Cultural Award for her musical contributions to Scandinavian communities in New York and New Jersey.

John Newell has worked successfully with students and musicians of all ages and ability levels. He has studied composition, piano, and conducting.

The two will perform J.S. Bach’s relaxed and playful “Sonata No.1 in G Major.” “Intermezzo,” by Nino Rota (known for his film scores), was composed in 1945. Bryan Fusilier’s piece for solo viola, “Was That a Hoe-down,” is also on the program. Franz Schubert’s uplifting and enchanting “Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor” was composed in 1824 (an arpeggione is essentially a bowed guitar). Intermission refreshments by Monica’s Chocolates.

On Thursday the 23rd, the season’s second-to-last concert will feature Andrea Maurer, flute, and Sue Richards, Celtic harp. Andrea Maurer is an active chamber musician and a guest soloist with many orchestras. She currently teaches privately, as well as at the George School in Pennsylvania. Sue Richards is a traditional musician and collector of tunes, mostly Celtic and Scandinavian. Ms. Richards studied and taught in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Andrea Maurer will perform “Sonata #2 for Flute and Piano,” by Bill Holcombe, and

Stephen Foster’s “Suite for Flute and Piano.” The flute tunes Camptown Races, Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, Oh Susanna and Swanee River will be featured. There will be a repertoire of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and Swedish music, including Celtic airs, jigs, reels, strathspeys, and dance music from the above countries. There will be music by blind Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan, as well as some of Miss Richards’ own pieces. Intermission refreshment providers TBA.

The Downeast Windjammer Eastport-Lubec Ferry (546-2927 or 288-4585) is still providing special 6:30 pm trips for all Wednesday concerts. These concerts will be upstairs in Lubec’s Congregational Christian Church, 7:30 p.m.

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

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