McIntyre Opens Concert Season

Posted June 04, 2012, at 3:26 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

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The Mary Potterton Memorial Concert Series makes its entrance this Wednesday, June 20th at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by second-year faculty member and organist Richard McIntyre.

Mr. McIntyre has recently retired from a thirty-year career of public school teaching. His work has included conducting both choral and instrumental ensembles, and teaching courses in music history, theory and guitar. Mr. McIntyre has also worked almost continuously as a church musician since the age of 16, serving parishes in Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is currently the organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pittstown, NJ.

First on the evening’s program is a piece by 17th century composer Gabriel Menalt, “Tiento de Primer To.” Next comes Lubeck, Germany resident Dietrich Buxtehude’s “Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin” (With Peace and Joy I Depart), a 4-part study in counterpoint from the late 1600s. “Three Organ Pieces,” 1905, is by the prolific yet frequently overlooked Frank Bridge, an outstanding violist, conductor, and composer. Alan Hovhaness, influenced by Indian rhythms and his own Armenian background, composed “Dawn Hymn” in 1953.

Gyorgi Ligeti (1923-2006) admitted that his slow and somber “Ricercare Omaggio a Frescobaldi” characterized the rigid conformity of the Stalinist government in Hungary. It was meant to be heard only by close and trusted friends, as this style of music had been denounced by the regime. Joseph Jongen (1873-1953) is seeing new light as an independent, eclectic composer of distinction. “Scherzetto” was composed in 1938. The dramatic and famous “Toccata and Fugue in D minor,” by J.S. Bach has been transcribed for countless ensembles, as well as utilized in TV and film scores, video games, and even ringtones.

This concert will be upstairs in Lubec’s Congregational Christian Church, with intermission refreshments provided by the Crow Town Gallery. Concerts are free, but piano-tuning donations are always welcome. For information about SummerKeys, visit summerkeys.com, call 207-733-2316, or e-mail sksmail@summerkeys.com.

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