Lincoln Arts features Midcoast music

Jun 27, 2014

Boothbay Harbor — An American Sampler: A Chronological Retrospective of American Music from 1814 to 2014 will be presented Sunday, June 29, at 3 p.m. at the Congregational Church, 1 Eastern Ave. Featured at this concert will be song settings and instrumental pieces by Stephen Foster, John Duke, Scott Joplin, Thomas “Fats” Waller, Cole Porter, Robert Elmore and more.

Beautiful settings of Walt Whitman’s poetry by Ned Rorem and Leonard Bernstein will be sung by bass-baritone John David Adams. Two pieces by the virtuoso organist Robert Elmore will be featured: a setting of the Moravian hymn "Jesus Makes My Heart Rejoice"; and the flashy "Rhumba."

Anthony Antolini of Cushing will join Rockland-raised Sean Fleming for a piano and organ duet, the "Church Sonata" by Myron Roberts, who loved in Cushing. The two also will perform a rarely performed duet, the "Open Diapason March" written for two players on a single organ.

Of special note will be the world premier of Maine composer Aaron Robinson’s "I Paint What I See", a setting of E.B. White’s famous poem. Robinson is a graduate of Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.

Patriotic songs appropriate to the season will be sung by the audience, including the seldom-sung original four verses of "The Star-Spangled Banner," in honor of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or in Boothbay Harbor at A Silver Lining, Sherman's Bookstore, St. Andrews Village, the Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce or the Boothbay Information Center. For more information, call 633-3913; email laf@wiscasset.net; or visit lincolnartsfestival.net.

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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