The Eastport Arts Center’s popular summer concert series continues on Friday, July 13 with a duo concert featuring Trond Saeverud, violinist, and Gregory Biss, pianist. The pair have chosen an all-French program including Ravel’s Tzigane (Concert Rhapsodie); Debussy’s Sonata, Chaussone’s Poeme, Satie’s Choses vues a droite et a gauche, Donald Sur’s Berceuse and Massenet’s Meditation from Thais. A reception sponsored by Maine-ly Flowers will follow the concert.
Biss was born in Illinois and educated in New England and Germany. He studied piano with Lionel Nowak and Nadia Reisenberg and composition with Leon Kirchner and Karlheinz Stockhausen. His music has been performed by the Denver Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Vermeer Quartet. Retired from a 20-year career as a scuba diver in the aquaculture industry, Biss remains active as a piano technician and has been a longtime member of the piano faculty at Summer Keys in Lubec. A recent interest has been composing works in collaboration with choreographers for dancers. Currently the President of the EAC Board, Greg has contributed to the center in many ways.
Saeverud is an international violinist and conductor who has served as concertmaster and soloist in Norway, Denmark, The United States, and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He currently is the Music Director and Conductor of the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Conductor and Music Director of the Bay Area Youth Symphony, Houston, Texas, as well as Director and Conductor of Eastport Arts Center constituent the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Subsequent concerts in the series are: July 23, Da Ponte String Quartet; August 10, Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar; August 17, TBA; August 24, Mira Gill, piano; August 31, Annual Young Persons Concert. With the exception of the Monday, July 23 concert, shows take place on Friday evenings. All concerts are at 7 pm; tickets $10 with attendees 17 and under admitted free of charge with the exception of the Young Persons show for which tickets are just $5. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.