EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will continue with a piano recital and talk, “Something Borrowed,” by John Newell on March 26 at 3 pm. Newell will present an array of short keyboard works that adapted popular dance and song styles over the past 300 years. Alongside the polonaise, ländler, ecossaise, mazurka, waltz, tango and Charleston will be a couple cabaret- and Broadway-style pieces. Composers included are J. S. Bach and his son Carl, Franz Schubert, Frederic Chopin, Igor Stravinsky, Francis Poulenc & Stephen Dankner.
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Newell graduated from Duke University, having pursued studies in composition, piano and conducting. He earned his M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts, where his primary teachers were Mel Powell and Leonid Hambro. Newell completed his formal training at SUNY Buffalo, working with Morton Feldman as recipient of the first Edgard Varèse Fellowship.
In addition to music for piano, he has composed a number of pieces for choral, chamber and orchestral ensembles. Newell lives in Edmunds; he is on the faculty of the SummerKeys program and is founding director of Quoddy Voices.
Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center programs are held in Eastport Arts Center’s cozy downstairs Washington Street Gallery, amidst rotating exhibitions. Admission is by voluntary donation; proceeds are shared equally between the presenters and EAC constituent group The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. Additionally, at this time, the EAC encourages people to wear masks when in our building.