January 27, 2020
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Blue Hill Concert Association announces 2020 season and Onion Foundation grant

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BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Concert Association is excited to announce the lineup for the 42nd winter season.

The concerts will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill with The Hermitage Trio. Descending from the Great Russian musical tradition, the Hermitage Piano Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of  the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, the trio will begin the program with Clara Schumann’s piano trio Op. 17, followed by works of Turina, Rachmaninoff, Schubert and Gaspar Cassado.

On Feb. 19 the Akropolis Reed Quintet will bring exciting new sounds to the Congregational Church of Blue Hill. Their blend of woodwind tones and interesting programing is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, they are the first ever ensemble of its kind to win seven national prizes, including a Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014.

Sunday, Feb. 23 brings The Aizuri Quartet to Blue Hill. Their debut album “Blueprinting” was nominated for a Grammy in 2019, and features compositions written for them by five American composers. Formed in 2012, the quartet takes its name from “aizuri-e” a style of blue Japanese woodblock printing that is noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail.

The Rolston String Quartet will bring this exciting season to a close on Sunday, March 22. The young, award-winning Canadian group, is sure to thrill the audience with their brilliant technique and glorious sound. They were the first international ensemble to win the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America and will play works by Felix Mendelssohn, Erwin Schuloff and Franz Schubert.

For over 40 winters the concert association has provided exceptional chamber music for the Blue Hill peninsula and at the same time maintained a continuing commitment to music education. This season each ensemble has agreed to provide an outreach for students after each concert.

It is with excitement and gratitude that the Blue Hill Concert Association announces a $3,000 grant from the Auburn-based Onion Foundation to improve both content and appearance of all publicity materials, including our website. The goal of this upgrade is to create a more visually engaging message and to broaden the reach of all digital and printed outreach.

The Blue Hill Concert Association also feels very  fortunate over the years to have received on-going support for our educational commitment from Tradewinds Marketplace, the Lawrence Family, the Maurice Amado Foundation and support from Stanley Subaru for advertising.

All concerts take place in the acoustically outstanding First Congregational Church of Blue Hill on Sunday afternoons at 3. Tickets are $30 and students under 21 are admitted free of charge.