Tuesday, July 3, 2012; 7:30 p.m.
Location: George Stevens Academy Gymnasium, Union Street, Blue Hill, ME
Contact: Karen Dickes, Publcity Chair, 2012 Blue Hill Pops; 207-374-5454
Celebrate Independence Day at the 22nd annual Blue Hill Pops Concert! Kick off the 2012 summer season with this rousing program featuring an all-star lineup of area musicians. Sponsored by the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, the 2012 Blue Hill Pops Concert will be held on Tuesday evening, July 3 at 7:30 in the George Stevens Academy gymnasium on Union Street in Blue Hill. Corporate sponsors for the 2012 Blue Hill Pops Concert are Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Cape Air and Stanley Subaru.
This year’s musical festival of “Sounds Around Blue Hill” will feature the celebrated jazz harpist Liza Rey, Flash! In the Pans Steel Band, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Maine, the New Trad Trio, and the Bagaduce Pops Singers, under the direction of Bronwyn Kortge. In addition, the Pops concert will feature young Maine composer John O’Hara of Westbrook, Maine, performing several of his original ragtime piano compositions.
Jazz harpist Liza Rey has spent nearly all her life in the music business. As a teenager in the 1960s, she sang and danced on the popular ABC TV show The King Family with her mother, who was one of the King Sisters. Liza’s father, Alvino Rey, was a well-known jazz guitarist and bandleader. While completing her Masters degree in music performance, Liza played harp with the CBS orchestra and also worked as a freelance studio harpist, backing big acts like Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Sarah Vaughn and Doris Day. After marrying Maine native Ned Butler, Liza lived in Argentina and Brazil, where she became heavily influenced by Latin music and rhythms. Liza and Ned returned to Southwest Harbor, Maine to live in 2006, and Liza has been busy performing with her band at various venues throughout Maine. Sons Win and Will Butler carry on the family’s musical tradition with their Grammy-winning indie rock band Arcade Fire, which recently performed on Saturday Night Live with Mick Jagger. For the Blue Hill Pops Concert, Liza Rey will be joined on stage by bassist Wellington Gordon and drummer Mike Bennett.
Flash! In the Pans Steel band has grown to become one of the largest community-based steel bands in the country. The band’s members range in age from teens to over seventy, and their repertoire includes an eclectic mix of traditional calypso, pop, swing, blues and classical pieces. Currently playing with Flash! Are Tony Aman, Al Abrahamson, Erika Allison, Eleanor Andy, Sandra Baroody, Ann Barrows, Fred Beck, Mary Booher, Diane Bossert, Carl Chase, Nigel Chase, Lindy Delbridge, Peter Dodge, Ann Durgin, Jim Fisher, Matthew Freedman, Susan Haggstrom, Courtenay Haight, Mariah Hughs, Cathy Jacobs, Beth Jackson, Bryan Kearns, Scott Koester, John Kollman, Tom Leigh, Effie Littlefield, Caren McCourtney, Kate Morse, Bonita Nicolas, Sarah Padget, Sandy Phoenix, John Piot, Kim Slaven, Sonia Turanski, Linda White and Marvis Xiaotong Zou.
In February of 2012, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Maine celebrated 35 consecutive years of live performances. Elizabeth “Betty” Beatty and Harris Strong founded the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Hancock County in 1976, and since then the organization has performed nearly every G&S operetta. In 1994 the group was awarded First Prize for its performance of Utopia, Ltd. at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England. To celebrate 35 successful years, directors Dede Johnson and John Haskell arranged an exuberant, hilarious and beautiful extravaganza called A Gilbert & Sullivan Musicale , which features the entire G&S canon. For the Blue Hill Pops Concert, singers Roland Dube, Deborah Hangge, Emma Kell, Karen Pendelton, Sarah Schneider, Ellenore Tarr, Fran Vogt and Jason Wilkes will be performing a short segment from Musicale. They will be accompanied by pianist Mary Cheyney Gould.
The Bagaduce Pops Singers, under the direction of Bronwyn Kortge, are former and current members of the Bagaduce Chorale, which was founded in 1974 by Mary Cheyney Gould. The Pops Singers have performed at every Blue Hill Pops Concert. This year the Pops Singers will perform a medley of Stephen Sondeim songs, in honor of the 50th anniversary of his Broadway musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and the 25th anniversary of “Into the Woods”. The Bagaduce Pops Singers include Nina Doak, William Doak, Douglas Drown, Heather Ford, Gerry Freeman, Carolyn Friedell, Martha Goss, Michael Hewes, Jon Hopkins, Rich Howe, Dede Johnson, John Merrifield, Reg Puckett, Sarah Schneider, Richard Shute, Janet Simpson, Carole Spencer, Lorna Stephens, Arlene Tinkam, Tom Tootil, Doug Wilson and Ezra Woodye. The Pops Singers will be accompanied by Karen Dickes on piano and Lynette Woods on drums.
The New Trad Trio, with Jack Moser on clarinet, Chris Harris on banjo and vocals and Don Knowles on bass, will have the Pops audience stamping its feet and remembering the sounds of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. All three musicians reside in Hancock County, but are well-known in the jazz world outside of Maine. Jack Moser has performed at jazz festivals nationwide and has appeared as guest clarinetist at jazz societies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Chris Harris has played banjo at jazz festivals across the country, from Connecticut to California. Don Knowles, on acoustic bass, has worked with bands big and small throughout New England, including the Maine Black Bears, the Yale Collegians and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
As in past years, Blue Hill Pops will conclude with a patriotic finale featuring an audience sing-along of our nation’s service songs and America the Beautiful. Table seats, reserved chairs and bleacher seats are available in a range of prices, beginning at $10. To purchase tickets please call 374-5454 or stop by the Bagaduce Music Lending Library on Greene’s Hill in Blue Hill.