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The Concert Series

Eastport Arts Center’s annual Concert Series is delighted to announce the 2019 lineup, with events taking place Friday evenings at 7 pm. Performances include:

June 28: Jane Lanctot & Jan Holms, baroque flute and harpsichord 

July 12: Gregory Biss, piano

Aug. 2: Molly Abrams, soprano

Aug. 9: Sam Schuth, violin

Aug. 16: Resinosa Ensemble, voice, cello, piano

Aug. 23: Mira Gill, piano

Aug. 30: Annual Young Persons Concert

Concert Series tickets are $10*; attendees 17 & under will be admitted free of charge.

*The Young Persons Concert ticket costs just $5.

The Concert Series presents a recital by Molly Abrams, soprano: ‘Seascape’

The Eastport Arts Center’s popular summer concert series continues on August 2 and 9 with gifted Washington County-raised musicians who return home to share their new music. Soprano Molly Abrams will take the stage on Friday, August 2 at 7 pm, with a recital titled, ‘Seascape,’ featuring classical and musical theatre selections celebrating the coast, its beauty and its inhabitants, including selections by Gabriel Faure, Alan Menken, Kurt Weill, and Benjamin Britten, and piano accompaniment by Gregory Biss. A reception sponosored by Waco Diner@ will follow the concert. Eastport native Sam Schuth, violinist, will appear on Friday, August 9 at 7 pm. (Stay tuned for details about Sam’s concert!)
 
“After spending three years in the midwest, I am very excited to be back in Maine exclusively!” noted Adams. “I got the idea for this repertoire after finishing my graduate voice recital. I noticed how many songs I was already singing related to the sea, so I decided to learn a few more to make a short recital celebrating the beautiful place that we call home.”
 
A Cutler native, Molly Abrams received undergraduate degrees in vocal performance and vocal music education from The University of Maine and recently graduated from The University of Illinois with a master of music degree in vocal performance and literature.  Abrams studied with Yvonne Redman and performed with Lyric Theatre @ Illinois in their productions of The Rape of Lucretia (Lucia), Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), and Sky Macklay’s premiere of The Surrogate (Woman’s Uterus).  She frequently performs musical theatre as well and most recently was a soloist for Nathan and Julie Gunn and Friends: An Evening on Broadway at The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.  Abrams also placed first in the Advanced College Women Classical division at the Central Region NATS Competition this past year. 
 
Concert Series tickets are $10; youth tickets will be discounted. Tickets may be purchased on the EAC site, or at the door. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.
 

The Coldharts present: The Legend of White Woman Creek

Eastport Arts Center will present The Legend of White Woman Creek, a one-woman opera, on Friday, July 17 at 7 pm. The show, written and performed by the coldharts touring theater company, was inspired by a ghost story, and

Eastport Arts Center will present The Legend of White Woman Creek, a one-woman opera told from the perspective of a ghost, on Friday, July 17 at 7 pm. Written and performed by the coldharts touring theater company, the show weaves a tale of frontier life and peril through thirteen original folk songs, based on the traditional music that first inspired Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez. It premiered at the 2012 Twin Cities Horror Festival and has performed across North America, most recently, as part of the coldharts’ 2019 Broken Union Tour, at New York City’s So-fi festival for solo performance works.

Since the late 1800s, inhabitants of western Kansas and eastern Colorado have claimed to witness the specter of a woman singing to herself at twilight as she wanders along a dry, cracked streambed known as White Woman Creek. Some say Anna Morgan Faber was killed, some say she killed herself, others say worse… but to hear the truth, you must hear Anna’s song for yourself.

The piece received raves from the Edmonton Journal: “A series of magnificent narrative songs, performed just perfectly… An absolute triumph of music, production and mischievous willingness to unnerve.” 

The coldharts create music-theater inspired by the American Gothic. Founders Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan created The Legend of White Woman Creek together; Hartman performs the show under Ryan’s direction.

Tickets are $15, and are available at the door or on the EAC site. More information may be found at www.thecoldharts.com. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.

 

ONE-NIGHT ONLY
at the EASTPORT ARTS CENTER
as part of the BROKEN UNION TOUR

“Her voice is a trained heart-tugging tool, and she expertly controls her vast range. Hartman can move from soft murmurs to cries so powerful you’ll need to have some tissues handy for when she really lets loose. – CBC

“Not only best show of the Winter Mini-Fest, but one of the most moving musicals I’ve seen in many moons.” -Orlando Weekly

Scott Cleveland: “The Blues Spectrum”

The Eastport Arts Center will present Scott Cleveland’s unique concert experience, “The Blues Spectrum,” on Saturday, July 13 at 7 pm. Cleveland, who’s dubbed his program a ‘docu-concert’ will speak, sing and play his way through the Blues and many of its musical offspring, from 18th century field hollers, to acoustic Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Blues ballads by artists like Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, to lush, astringent jazz Blues, with a few originals mixed in.

Cleveland is a lifelong composer, singer, pianist, music educator, and church musician. He studied Music Education at Berklee College of Music; Music Theory/Composition at UMass Lowell, and Theology at Boston University. He is on the Adjunct Music Facility of UMA. Cleveland has written and produced five independent solo albums and performs original and reinterpreted Jazz, R&B, and Blues as a solo pianist and singer in numerous duos, trios, and quartets. He teaches privately, is a recording studio pianist, and is the Music Director for The Deer Isle/Sunset Congregational Church. He has also just released his fifth independent CD, “Scott Cleveland: Live in Castine.”

Tickets for the show are $15; youth tickets will be discounted. Tickets may be purchased on the EAC site, or at the door. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.

The Concert Series presents Gregory Biss, pianist

The Eastport Arts Center’s popular summer concert series continues Friday, July 12 at 7 pm, with Gregory Biss, pianist. The program will feature Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A major, D. 664, which was composed in 1820, and Chopin’s 3rd Ballade, opus 47, from 1841. Also on the program are two Preludes & Fugues from J.S. Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier plus shorter works by Franz Liszt, Nikolai Kapustin, Philip Glass and Biss. A reception sponsored by Moose Island Marine will follow the concert.

Composer & pianist Gregory Biss was born in Illinois, educated chiefly in Boston and Germany and has lived in Eastport since 1975. His music has been featured by the Denver Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and he performed the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2012. His Violin Concerto: just a sec was recently premiered by Trond Saeverud. Biss had a 20-year career as a scuba diver in the aquaculture industry, has been a longtime member of the piano faculty at SummerKeys in Lubec and operates a small business as a piano technician. He is President of the EAC Board of Directors, serves on the Peavey Library Board and was for many years an Eastport City Councilor. He and his wife Barbara raised four children and now have six grandkids.

Concert Series tickets are $10; youth tickets will be discounted. Tickets may be purchased on the EAC site, or at the door. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.

Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band Concert & Dance Party

Prepare for banjos, fiddles and brass! Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band, Baltimore’s premier hot jazz band, is headed to Eastport Arts Center for a concert and dance party on Friday, July 5, at 7 pm. The touring quintet, which features Bridget Cimino on vocals, Zach Serleth on plectrum banjo, Matthew Andrews on violin, Ed Goldstein on tuba, and Sami Arefin on resonator guitar, prides itself on 1920’s/30’s style hot jazz which is both historically accurate and virtuosic, with a unique musical texture from the choice of instrumentation. Reflecting the band’s influences from Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, “Clouds Fall Over Maine,” the group’s third studio record, launched last week, and includes their first original song. From ragtime to big band swing to the hot jazz of 30’s Paris, Tongue in Cheek strives to blend tradition and innovation in their music.

The EAC show will feature cafe seating plus plenty of room for dancing, and audience members of all ages are welcome. Tickets are $15, and are available at the door or on the EAC site. Refreshments will be available. To see and hear sneak previews of the band, please visit: www.tncjazz.com/music.

The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.

The Concert Series presents: Jan Holms, Baroque flute & Jane Lanctot, harpsichord

The Eastport Arts Center’s popular summer concert series will begin on Friday, June 26 at 7 pm, with a concert of Baroque music by Jane Lanctot, harpsichord, and Jan Holms, flute. A reception sponsored by The Pet Store will follow the concert.

Lanctot has played harpsichord professionally since 1980. She studied with Edward Smith, and also attended the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. She has played continuo in numerous early music groups, including a 17th century dance band. She performed the Bach 5th Brandenburg Harpsichord concerto at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. In addition, she holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics.

Holms has played flute professionally since 1972. Holms taught flute at the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, New Jersey for 20 years, and currently freelances with orchestras and chamber groups throughout the NY/PA/NJ region. She is Principal Flute with the Riverside Symphony in Lambertville, NJ. In 2014, Holms began studying the Baroque flute with Eve Friedman in Philadelphia and Lubec. She also studied with Wilbert Hazelzet, Principal Flutist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

Tickets are $10; youth tickets will be discounted. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.

Portrait of an Artist as Santa Claus: An Alaska-Style Summer Holiday Show by Ken Waldman

Eastport Arts Center is excited to feature Portrait of an Artist as Santa Claus: An Alaska-Style Summer Holiday Show by Ken Waldman on Wednesday, June 26 at 7 pm. Waldman combines Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and storytelling in his unique performances, and in his Santa-inspired show will after each poem or tune go into the audience to give away the book or CD that contains the piece he just shared. The event will thus be part traditional roots music concert, part literary reading, part storytelling festival and part holiday gift exchange! Waldman adapts each show to the performance place, and in Eastport promises not only an evening of fun, inspiration, and surprises, but local musical guests, special treats, maybe a tasty experiment or two.

Since 2000, Ken has had published nine poetry collections, a memoir and a children’s book, and has released nine CDs that combine old-time music with original poetry. A full-time touring artist, he performs internationally for a wide variety of audiences, from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage to the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland, Australia. According to The Austin Chronicle, seeing Ken Waldman is “Like a Ken Burns movie . . . Always recommended.” The Denver Post says his shows are “Renegade Americana.” Elsewhere, he’s been compared to John Hartford and Garrison Keillor. It was The State in Columbia, SC that proclaimed, “Picture Walt Whitman jamming with the Carter Family.”

Tickets for the EAC show are $15, and attendees 17 and under will be admitted free of charge. Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. The work of the EAC has been funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

GoldenOak in Concert

Eastport Arts Center is thrilled to welcome Portland-based indie soul-folk group GoldenOak for a special concert on June 7 at 7 pm. GoldenOak, an emerging sound in the New England folk scene, is fronted by the flowing harmonies of siblings, Zak and Lena Kendall. The band’s carefully crafted songs and poetic lyrics paint a picture of Maine’s landscape and community, and the feeling of growing up in the Maine woods. The band is joined by their percussion player, Jackson Cromwell, and bass player, Mike Knowles, who is a native of Washington County and whose family still lives in the area.

“I grew up in Charlotte, taking music lessons in the area. Really, my whole family did, and my older brother and I actually played at the Eastport Arts Center when we were younger,” said Knowles. “As we grow, so does our music, and I am so excited to bring back a different genre of music to the area I grew up in.” 

GoldenOak released their first album, Pleasant St. in 2016. This album with beautiful instrumentation and voice solidified the band as ambassadors of the Maine Folk Scene. In October 2017, GoldenOak released Foxgloves, a 6 track EP that builds on Zak and Lena’s folk roots with a remarkable orchestral approach and earthy sound;  in December Foxgloves was voted “EP of the Year” by the Portland Music Awards. In April 2019 GoldenOak released two new singles, “River” and “Poet and the Painter” which have gained recognition internationally and can be heard on many radio stations and Spotify playlists. These two new songs find the collective simultaneously building on previous strengths while also striking out in an interesting new direction. Over the last few years, they have shared the stage with many notable artists such as The Ghost of Paul Revere, Dustbowl Revival, The Marshall Tucker Band, Lady Lamb, Adam Ezra, and The Mallett Brothers Band.

In many ways, the themes of GoldenOak’s music are driven by their home base. “Maine is such an interesting place to be an artist,” Zak says. “It’s so remote in a lot of ways. And the landscape and the woods are so inspiring. People are often spread out, but there’s also this amazing artistic community, not only in Portland but also in the towns all over Maine.” GoldenOak is  excited to be coming to the Eastport Arts Center and to share their new music. You can find them on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you listen to music. Visit their website www.goldenoakband.com to learn more, or check out the GoldenOak sound and style here.

Tickets for the show are $10; attendees 17 & under will be admitted free of charge. The Eastport Arts Center  is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible.

Sunday Afternoons at the EAC season finale: Mark DeVoto on Modest Mussorgsky’s ‘Boris Godunov’

The Sunday Afternoons at the EAC series, a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center, concludes on May 12 with Mark DeVoto’s talk about Modest Mussorgsky’s 1874 opera, Boris Godunov.

“Boris Godunov isn’t the first Russian opera—Sarti’s The Return of Oleg (1790) had a libretto by Catherine the Great —but it’s the first opera of undeniable greatness, one that has always been popular and will always hold the stage,” notes presenter Mark DeVoto. “Its creative history has always had many ups and downs. But it’s got wonderful Russian history, psychology, politics, religion, comedy and tragedy rolled into one fine visual and musical spectacle, with great tunes, choruses, and characters.”

To cap off the talk and the series, at 7 pm the same day Northern Lights Film Society will screen the 1954 production of the opera by Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. “This isn’t filmed on the stage of an opera house,” notes DeVoto, “but on movie sets and outdoors, with a panoramic view of the historical scene, the courts of the Russian tsars and Polish kings, the cathedrals and processions, and the beleaguered Russian people.”

An annual Sunday afternoon series speaker, De Voto first visited Eastport in 1954 but has been a summer resident since 1985. A composer, pianist, organist, and writer, he has published extensively on 19th- and 20th-century music, and is professor of music, emeritus, at Tufts University.  He edited and expanded the 4th (1978) and 5th (1987) editions of a classic textbook, Harmony, by his teacher Walter Piston (1894-1976), a native of Rockland, Maine.

Sunday Afternoons at the EAC programs are held downstairs at the EAC. Hot drinks and refreshments are offered; donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, please visit https://eastportartscenter.org/constituent-groups/the-concert-series/. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible.

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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.