Midcoast talent at Lincoln Arts

Jul 15, 2014
Josie, left, and Sophie Davis

Boothbay — The Lincoln Arts Festival and Opera House at Boothbay Harbor will present a performance by Maine Pro Musica Wednesday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. The program for the summer concert offers the Bach Concerto for Two Violins; Dvorak’s Serenade, Op 44, D Minor; and Mozart’s Symphony No 29.

Featured in the Bach concerto are violinist sisters Josie and Sophia Davis of Waldoboro, both students at the renowned Oberlin College and Conservatory. Senior Josie has appeared as the concertmaster of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra and as a member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble; and has performed in Carnegie Hall as a member of the Oberlin Symphony Orchestra. She has spent time in Panama and India performing chamber music and teaching violin to underprivileged children. Sophomore Sophie has participated in Kneisel Hall’s Maine Young Musician Program, Bay Chamber Concert’s Next Generation Program, the Maine All-State Orchestra and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. In 2010, she appeared with her sister on NPR’s “From the Top.” She has also spent several months studying tango violin in Buenos Aires, Argentina and teaching children in India.

Professional musicians who live and perform year round throughout the state comprise the Maine Pro Musica orchestra. Founder/conductor and Rockport resident Janna Hymes also conducts the Williamsburg Symphonia in Virginia. The Maine Pro Musica 55-member orchestra models itself on turn-of-the-century bands that traveled the countryside bringing music to communities that rarely got to experience live orchestral music, an image to be revived with their performance in Boothbay Harbor’s renovated 19th-century opera house.

Hymes has established an exceptional reputation for her exciting and dynamic conducting style. Former Music Director of the Maine Grand Opera, Hymes has made guest appearances with United States orchestras from Oregon to Florida. She has conducted numerous international groups including France’s Orchestra National de Lyon and the Mexican State Symphony Orchestra. A native of New York and Fulbright Scholar, Hymes holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also studied at Tanglewood and the Aspen Music festival.

The Lincoln Arts Festival, now in its 34th season, brings Maine Pro Musica back to the Boothbay Harbor Opera House for one performance this summer. Tickets are available online at BoothbayOperaHouse.com or they can be purchased at the Boothbay Information Center, Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, A Silver Lining, Sherman’s Bookstore and at the door. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds from ticket sales support two nonprofit presenting organizations and Maine Pro Musica.

For more information, visit LincolnArtsFestival.net or call 633-3913.

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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