Eastport Arts Center

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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 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.

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.

Young Performers a Perennial Delight

This year’s Young Persons’ Concert, which concluded the EAC Concert Series on August 31, featured an enjoyable range of styles and some very charismatic acts. Performers included Siobhan Duffy, violin; Cora Zipperer-Sánchez, violin; Milei Kido, piano; Luna and Sarah Lord, flute; Isaac Atkinson, bass guitar; Roy Duffy, trumpet; Ellis Zipperer-Sánchez, guitar; and Kieran Weston, drums. The EAC would like to thank the following Washington County music educators for their assistance with the show:
Bonnie Atkinson, Lois Bezanson, Gregory Biss, Alison Brennan, Elizabeth Nichols-Goodliff, John Newell, Kris Paprocki, Christine Proefrock, Alice St.Clair, and Robert Sánchez.

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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.