John Newell (center) and Linda Courtney (right) were psyched to host pianist Raja Rahman at their home after his EAC concert on November 11. “It was wonderful to get to know him,” noted Newell. “In terms of his concert, I will just say that he is an incredible pianist. He is indeed a virtuoso and presented what are sometimes described as ‘war horses,’ but his playing has a subtlety of expression that is too often missing today. In each work Raja allowed the music to breathe and to take shape for the audience. He gave us a wonderfully elegant and dramatic musical experience.”

Raja posted the ‘selfie’ (above) with John and Linda on Facebook, noting that he is very excited to return to Downeast Maine this summer for more music, vacationing and lobster, and this time he’ll bring Jarrett!

While we’re awaiting that excitement, we can make sure to catch up with John and Linda at the Quoddy Voices concerts December 14 and 16 at EAC (John directs the international chorus, and Linda is one of the singers).