Music At Noon concert series debuts

Nov 01, 2012
Ed Reichert will bring some of his University of Southern Maine musical theater students to the Farnsworth Art Museum for Bay Chamber’s inaugural Music at Noon concert.

Rockland — In collaboration with the Farnsworth Art Museum and the University of Southern Maine’s music department, Bay Chamber Concerts has announced a brand new series of lunch concerts. Four intimate lunchtime concerts will take place at noon on the second Wednesday of the month, November through February, at the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum.

These diverse, 50-minute performances offer a great way to spend lunch hour, surrounded by art and music and enjoying a simple lunch in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Library. Tickets are only $25, $20 for Farnsworth members; attend all four concerts for $80. Concert tickets include lunch as well as free entrance to the Farnsworth Art Museum.

The Music at Noon series kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 14 with a concert featuring selections from Broadway musical favorites as well as songs by emerging composer/lyricists. This concert showcases the very talented USM School of Music musical theater majors Melissa Bills (Whitefield), Christopher Ellis (Litchfield) Danielle Lane (Caribou) and Jericah Potvin (Millinocket, accompanied by professor Ed Reichert on piano. Reichert has been a faculty member and musical theater vocal coach in the School of Music since 2001. His New York City credits include numerous Off Broadway plays, musicals and operas, as well as many college/university productions and cabaret venues, among others.

The concert series will continue Wednesday, Dec. 12 with the talented and acclaimed USM String Quartet, featuring Aaron Pettengill (violin), Sam Schuth (violin), Roy MacNeil (viola) and Shannon Allen (cello). The ensemble will perform a program of Haydn, Schubert and Ravel.

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, USM faculty members violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul will perform a program of romantic music featuring Sonata for Violin and Piano by Jacques de la Presle. This 1913 masterpiece exemplifies the full flowering of the French romantic tradition. Lantz and Kargul established their duo collaboration in 2010.

The Music at Noon series will wrap up Wednesday, Feb. 13 with a delightful program of Mozart, Martinu and Hallvorsen performed by the husband and wife duo of Robert and Kimberly Lehmann (violin and viola).

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Bay Chamber Concerts online at baychamberconcerts.org; by email to info@baychamberconcerts.org; or by calling 236-2823.

Based in Rockport, Bay Chamber is a 501 (c)(3) registered nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives through high-quality concert programs, music education and community engagement. Bay Chamber acknowledges the importance of all musical languages and encourages people of all ages and abilities to explore them both in concerts and in the classroom. Bay Chamber’s Music School, located in downtown Rockport, offers private instruction, group classes, orchestral opportunities and other music education to local musicians and community members of all ages and abilities.

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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