Anne Black’s “Celebration of Time and Place”, on Friday, August 11, 7 pm at Eastport Arts Center, will feature the first time she and her brother Alan and nephew Phillip, from Charlotte, N.C., share the concert stage together. EAC is thrilled for Anne’s return to The Concert Series; her “Timely Adventure” program was a favorite last summer.
“This program has come together as a musical celebration of Time and Place—a celebration marking a particular passage of time in my life, a celebration of the special place I find myself at this point in time, and a celebration of the family and friends sharing this time with me,” writes Anne.
“The music ranges from solo Bach, which is a timeless constant for musicians—the music we often seek for nourishment throughout our lives—to new works by Mark Lewis and John Newell written specifically for the performers. Alan and Phil premiered Mark Lewis’ Duos earlier this year, and I premiered John Newell’s “Pieces of Time” for solo viola last summer at EAC.
“The program also pays homage to the way we come together through music, and the power of Hymns and Folk Song. Alice Schuth and I will perform Kenji Bunch’s “Three American Hymn Settings” for two violas.
“Rebecca Clarke’s music holds a special place in my heart, and I performed her duo for clarinet and viola at last summer’s EAC recital with Brian Schuth. Clarke’s Passacaglia on an Old English Tune, for viola and piano was written in 1941, when Clarke was stranded in the United States. She had gone to visit her brothers before the outbreak of war in 1939, and was refused a visa to return to Britain. The theme, attributed to Thomas Tallis, is the melody of hymn 153 ‘Veni Creator’ in the 1906 English Hymnal. She truly missed the place she couldn’t yet return to.
“Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata, in this version for viola and piano, is simply full of joy, beauty, fun! An appropriate way to celebrate with family and friends!
“(I may do an encore of Kenji Bunch’s “Until Next Time” – that was a huge hit last summer!)”
Read more about the “Celebration of Time and Place” concert here.