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SummerKeys to welcome Charles Jones, pianist

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LUBEC — Charles Jones will perform The Mary Potterton Memorial Concert for his 21st season 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Congregational Christian Church, 46 Main St.

A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts, Jones has performed extensively throughout the Eastern U.S., in Rome, Italy and on public radio. He is currently a member of three piano faculties in New York City – the Turtle Bay Music School, the Henry Street Settlement Music School and the Harlem School of the Arts and continues as a soloist and teacher at SummerKeys. The evening’s performance will include works by J.S. Bach, Ginestera and Schumann.

“Partita No. 5 in G Major” was composed in 1730 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750), a German composer and musician of the Baroque period who is known for instrumental compositions such as the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music. He has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. The key of G major always seems to inspire Bach to write music of great radiance, joy, gentleness and technical display – this piece is no exception. If it were not for the difficulty of the final Gigue, this Partita would probably be performed more often, as it is perhaps the most technically challenging movement of his six Partitas. Alberto Evaristo Ginastera (1916-1983), a leading 20th-century Latin-American composer born in Argentina, is known for his use of local and national musical idioms in his compositions. He was commissioned to write “Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22” for the Pittsburgh International Contemporary Music Festival in 1952. Ginastera’s intention for the piece was to capture the spirit of Argentine folk music without relying on explicit quotations from existing folk songs. German born Robert Schumann (1810–1856) was a composer, pianist, and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. He had been assured of becoming the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing. His piece “Carnaval, Op. 9” was written for piano solo in 1834–35. It consists of 20 short pieces representing masked revelers at Carnival, a festival before Lent. Here, Schumann gives expression to himself, his friends/colleagues and characters from improvised Italian comedy. “Carnaval” had its origin in a set of variations on a Sehnsuchtswalzer by Franz Schubert, whose music Schumann had only discovered in 1827.

Monica’s Chocolates will host intermission refreshments. All concerts are free, but piano tuning donations are gratefully accepted. For more information on our concert series as well as the music, writing, photography and cabaret classes at SummerKeys, A Music Vacation, call 207-733-2316, email sksmail@summerkeys.com or visit our website at summerkeys.com.