Baroque and Beyond at Montpelier

Jul 01, 2014
Maine Friends of Music perform in the Oval Room at Montpelier, Route 131 in Thomaston at the turn off to St. George.

Thomaston — Back by popular demand, Maine Friends of Music, a professional chamber ensemble composed of flutist Linda Brunner, bassoonist David DeBolt and harpsichordist/organist Sean Fleming, will perform at Montpelier Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are $12, $10 For General Henry Knox Museum members, and can be purchased by calling 354-8062 or online at knoxmuseum.org. Tickets at the door will be $15, $12 for members.

Maine Friends of Music had a successful 2013 fall tour in France. Their program this summer will include guest artists violinist Graybert Beacham and clarinetist Karen Beacham; and will feature a Vivaldi ensemble concerto and the premiere of “New England Ragtime Suite” by Maine composer, and Midcoast native, Aaron Robinson, as well as a Mozart Divertimento for wind trio and a Bach Sonata for violin and harpsichord. Short solos from various style periods also are included.

The Beachams have performed with the Kansas City Philharmonic, Tulsa Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Portland Symphony orchestras. Maine Friends of Music specializes in quick-paced programs that create interesting listening experiences, with a variety of tone, colors and styles. Much of the ensemble's repertoire features a mixture of classic 18th-century Baroque selections, including works by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as 20th-century composers such as Debussy, Hindemith, Vaughan-Williams and Koechlin. New music written for the Maine Friends of Music concerts by crossover classic/jazz composer Bill Douglas, as well as material composed by Bernard Garfield, Fleming and DeBolt, expands the ensemble’s repertoire further.

This concert marks the eighth time Knox Museum has hosted the popular group’s Baroque and Beyond repertoire in its Federal-period appointed Oval Room, so renowned for its acoustics. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. For more information, contact Knox Museum at 354-8062 or info@knoxmuseum.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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