Mary Potterton Memorial to debut Lubec resident pianist Jane Lanctot

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LUBEC — The Mary Potterton Memorial Concerts will present pianist Jane Lanctot 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Congregational Christian Church, 46 Main St.

Lanctot has a varied musical performance background, as well as studying and teaching classical Cambodian music all over the United States. She was the executive producer for two CDs of Cambodian music, one of which won the Best World Music CD of 2003. In the past few years she has focused on modern piano. She holds degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics, and is currently working on the design and test of implantable medical devices.

Lanctot, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, currently resides in Maine with her husband and numerous historical keyboards – which include a fortepiano and three harpsichords.

Donations are requested for this free concert and the proceeds will be given to The Congregational Christian Church of Lubec for urgent repairs in preparation for their 200th anniversary celebration in August 2020.

The afternoon’s music program will feature two vast works. Franz Schubert’s (Austria, 1797-1828) “Piano Sonata in A minor D. 845 (Op. 42)”, a sonata for solo piano written in 1825 was the first of 3 sonatas published during the composer’s lifetime. This entire work, all 4 movements, will be performed. The second piece by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) is entitled “The Seasons, Op. 37”. It is a set of 12 short character pieces for solo piano. Each piece portrays the characteristic of a different month of the year in Russia. This performance will feature the months of January through June – with each month represented by a poem written by the Russian poets, Pushkin, Vyazemsky, Maikov, Fet and Pleshcheyev. The artist finds these pieces to be “enjoyable and reminiscent of ballet, like The Nutcracker Suite”.

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