Gregory Biss’ popular annual Harpsichord Hour will be offered as part of the Sunday Afternoons at the EAC series, on March 26. Rather than focusing upon a single composer or historical period as he has often done in the past, Biss will play music from the 16th, 18th and 20th centuries, written by William Byrd, J.S. Bach and Robert Muczynski. In addition, he will speak about the EAC’s harpsichord, an 18th century style, single-manual instrument, built by Eric Herz in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1964.
Biss was born in Illinois and educated in New England and Germany. He studied piano with Lionel Nowak and Nadia Reisenberg and composition with Leon Kirchner and Karlheinz Stockhausen. His music has been performed by the Denver Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Vermeer Quartet. He has been a longtime member of the piano faculty at Summer Keys in Lubec, and operates a small business as a piano technician. He also serves on the Peavey Library Board and for many years was an Eastport City Councilor. Currently the President of the Eastport Arts Center (EAC) Board, Greg has contributed to the EAC in various ways, among them as founding conductor of Eastport Strings and as the Music Director of the inaugural performance at EAC’s Washington Street facility: Benjamin Britten’s opera, Noah’s Fludde. More recently, Biss’s Violin Concerto just a sec was premiered by the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra for the spring 2016 concerts. He is currently working on a series of piano pieces which will be used for dance performances in several Eastern Maine venues in the summer of 2017.
Sunday Afternoons at the EAC programs are held downstairs at the EAC. Hot drinks and refreshments are offered; donations are gratefully accepted. The series will run through April 23, skipping Easter Sunday. A full listing of the 2017 programs is viewable here: http://eastportartscenter.org/constituent-groups/the-concert-series/. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.