Next up in Eastport Arts Center’s annual Concert Series is a water-themed program of classical songs and chamber music performed by soprano Danielle Woerner and pianist Susan Aceto, with violinist Jonathan Aceto and cellist Joachim Woitun at 7 pm, Friday, August 4. “This concert idea has been percolating for awhile, especially since my husband and I migrated from the Catskill Mountains to live right by the sea,” says Woerner, who is also co-founder of the Sunrise County Arts Institute in Milbridge. “It deals with water in many forms: ocean, streams, ice, tears. There’s such a wealth of musical material available, it’s been fun to shape some of the possibilities into one program.” A reception provided by Eastport Windjammers will follow the concert.
Songs by Henri Duparc, Francis Poulenc, Hector Berlioz, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Clara Schumann, Gustav Mahler and Franz Schubert begin the program, including the Schubert song that gives the concert its name.
The second half of the program is chamber music. “Eternity,” a song cycle for soprano, cello and piano, was composed by Hudson Valley composer James Fitzwilliam to 5 poems of Emily Dickinson. The concert concludes with several of Ludwig von Beethoven’s many folk song arrangements for voice and piano trio—in this case, from the British Isles and Russia. “Most people who love Beethoven’s string quartets and symphonies have never heard these folk songs,” says Woerner. “They’re not performed often, and they’re a delight—and a whole other dimension of the composer we think we know so well.”
Soprano Danielle Woerner’s career in opera, recital and chamber music, and as a recording artist and voice teacher, began in New York City, where The New York Post called her “one of the shining lights of New York’s musical life.” Her career is now focused in Milbridge, ME, where she is co-founder of the Sunrise County Arts Institute. Her performance credits include appearances at Alice Tully, Carnegie Recital (Weill) and Merkin Concert Halls in New York, and tours as a soloist of Spain with Harold Rosenberg’s Canticum Novum, and of Germany with Barbara Pickhardt’s Ars Choralis.
Pianist Susan Aceto, who splits her time between Tucson, AZ and Roque Bluffs, ME, is active as a performer and teacher of piano and as a coach of chamber music. Jonathan Aceto holds violin performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Arizona State University, and is a long-time member of the Magellan String Quartet and Trio d’Esprit. Joachim Woitun, cellist, is a resident of Brooklyn, NY and Eastport, and can be heard regularly in the NYC metropolitan area, and in Downeast Maine, where he has performed at Bay Chamber Concerts in Machias, Summerkeys in Lubec (where he has been on the faculty since 2006), and the Roosevelt Estate’s Fog Fest on Campobello Island.
The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible. Tickets are $10, and attendees 17 and under are admitted free of charge; tickets are available for purchase via the events calendar on the EAC website, eastportartscenter.org, or at the EAC box office one half hour before each performance. For more information, please call (207) 853-4650.