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The Concert Series: ‘A Timely Adventure’, featuring Anne Black, viola; Brian Schuth, clarinet; and a world premiere by John Newell

Friday, August 5 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

EAC’s Concert Series continues at 7 pm, Friday, August 5 with “A Timely Adventure,” featuring Anne Black, viola. The concert is named for a world premiere of “Pieces of Time,” written for Black by John Newell. The program also includes works by Percy Grainger, Rebecca Clarke, Erik Nielsen, Charles Griffin, Karl Klingler and Kenji Bunch. Brian Schuth will join Black on clarinet and bass clarinet for two works.
“I composed ‘Pieces of Time’ for Anne earlier this year,” noted Newell. “It is for solo viola, and consists of five movements. The title came from an acquaintance who used the phrase while discussing the importance of being aware and fully experiencing the moments we are given.”
“The idea of time resonated with me,” wrote Black. “And in my case, the context of times past and how our own experiences in the present are shaped and deepened by our connections with the past. This is something so many of us feel especially acutely now. As a new resident of Eastport, I also experience the sense of past spirits here—I feel that very strongly, and it was another influence in choosing the repertoire. The program gradually emerged as a grand adventure in musical time travel—glimpses into the passions and expressions of musician-composers from last century, as well as music from the last few years, representing a variety of perspectives and experiences that join in a wonderful tapestry of sound. My hope is that everyone will leave the concert with a deeper appreciation of rich human spirits, past and present. I am extremely grateful to Gregory Biss and EAC for giving me the opportunity to present this program.”


Anne Black enjoys an active career in the Boston area as both a visual artist and classical musician, and divides her time year-round between Boston and her residence in Eastport. She is Principal Viola of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and Violist with the Handel + Haydn Society. She also performs with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and many other groups in the Boston area. She is a passionate performer of contemporary music and has premiered and recorded countless new works with groups including Collage New Music and Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble. More information about Black may be found at www.CapriccioArts.com.
Stage East President Brian Schuth has appeared often in the wind section of the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra, and has had the great good fortune to perform the Mozart clarinet concerto with them. His wife Alice and three grown boys are all musicians; they were last seen together at the EAC playing “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” at the Moose Island Follies some years back. He took up the bass clarinet a year ago, and can’t seem to keep his hands off of it. When not at the EAC, Brian is a software engineer with Siemens Healthineers.
John Newell, composer, pursued studies in composition, piano and conducting at Duke University, earned his M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts, and completed his formal training at SUNY Buffalo, working with Morton Feldman as recipient of the first Edgard Varèse Fellowship in composition. Organizations that have commissioned works include Resinosa Ensemble, Eight Strings & a Whistle, Atlantic Sinfonietta, The Bowery Ensemble, Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), the Enid Symphony Orchestra (Oklahoma) and Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (Maine).
Newell’s works are self-published through Abierto Music (www.johnnewellmusic.com).  
John and his wife Linda Courtney live in Edmunds. He serves on the piano faculty of the SummerKeys music program and is founding director of the choral ensemble Quoddy Voices.


Concert Series performances will continue weekly through September 2; shows are primarily on Friday evenings, with one Saturday exception. Tickets are $15, and are available at the door or via the EAC site; attendees 17 and under will be admitted free of charge. The full schedule may be viewed at eastportartscenter.org/the-concert-series.
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. The EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, the EAC recommends that people wear masks when in our building.

$15.00 – $20.00

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The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.