Given the unnerving circumstances in the world at present, music (and the precious community which embraces it) feels more vital now than it ever has been.Chris Nemeth
Chris Nemeth is the concert master for the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra. The concert master is the lead violinist. As the violinist with the highest “rank”, he/she sits in the first chair, next to the conductor’s podium. The concertmaster leads the orchestra in its tuning prior to the concert, and customarily plays all of the violin solos within pieces.
In the PBSO’s Fall 2019 Concert Series, Chris was joined by his daughter, Marie. Marie, who graduates from 8th grade this year, is the principal second violin with the Bangor Youth Orchestra. In the video above, Chris and Marie play a version of Shenandoah that Chris arranged for violin and viola.
Reflections On ‘Making the Leap’ to Maine
and its Vibrant Musical Community
“We’d summered in Maine for 15+ years. Every year we tried to find ways to stay longer and would be saddened at summer’s end when we’d need to pack up and head back to Chicago. We’d resume our city activities – filled with work, lessons, appointments, cafes, etc.—but our thoughts and our hearts would remain behind savoring the ocean air, the sweetness of
blueberries, our expanding, colorful, eclectic circle of friends. Three years ago, we decided to make the leap and relocated full-time to the Blue Hill peninsula, joining the ranks of the ‘year ‘rounders.’ It’s been an extraordinary, eye-opening 3 years.
“Having lived so many years in the city, there was a wide array of practical, common-sense skills that we simply didn’t have and needed to learn (e.g., how to tend to a garden, how to properly stack firewood, basic plumbing repairs, winterizing an outboard motor, etc.). It’s often not pretty, but we are certainly learning. But being surrounded by this kind of natural beauty changes a person in ways both subtle and profound. We are spending more and more time outdoors (in every season). No longer just a backdrop, this dramatic landscape is becoming an integral part of our family and our life together.
“But perhaps the more unexpected and gratifying thing for us has been the vibrant, rich, welcoming music community here in Maine. From the teachers, to the chamber music, to the cross-cultural performances, to the orchestras (like the PBSO, a true community treasure), we’ve been unspeakably grateful for the opportunity to continue to make friends and play beautiful music in our new home. Given the unnerving circumstances in the world at present, music (and the precious community which embraces it) feels more vital now than it ever has been. We are blessed to know all of you, and are so looking forward to being together … sharing music … once again.”
—Until then, Chris, Marie, Tara, Vivi (and Zola)