Two Centuries of American Music at St. John's in Thomaston
Sean Fleming, organist and pianist; John David Adams, bass-baritone; and Anthony Antolini, pianist, will collaborate in a concert entitled “An American Sampler: A Chronological Retrospective of American Music from 1814 to 2014,” at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street, Thomaston, at 7:30 PM on Saturday, August 9. A suggested donation of $15 will be requested. A portion of the proceeds of the performance will go toward funding St. John’s charitable outreach projects.
The program will include songs by Stephen Foster, John Duke, Cole Porter, Ned Rorem, Leonard Bernstein and mid-coast composer Aaron Robinson, sung by John David Adams, accompanied by pianist Sean Fleming with guest cellist Richard Francis. Robinson’s “I Paint What I see” sets to music E.B. White’s poem of the same name, written in reaction to the controversy over the artist Diego Rivera’s mural for the newly built Rockefeller Center. Anthony Antolini and Sean Fleming will play an organ duet by Louis Meyer and Myron Roberts’s Sonata for Piano and Organ. Roberts, 1912-2004, was a longtime mentor to Antolini. The program will also include patriotic American songs for all to sing.
Fleming performs regularly with the Bowdoin Chorus, Coastal Chorale, Down East Singers, Lincoln Academy Lincolnaires, Lincoln Festival Chorus, Maine Friends of Music, Midcoast Community Chorus, and Tapestry Singers. He is also the music director for Hearts EverYoung Chorus. He has directed or accompanied over sixty-five music theater productions. For the past nineteen years he has served as organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newcastle.
Bass-baritone John David Adams has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Berkeley Lyric Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, Arlington Philharmonic, North Shore Philharmonic, Midcoast Symphony, Maine Pro Musica, Maine Music Society, Longfellow Chorus, Masterworks Chorale, Oratorio Chorale, St. Mary Schola, White Mountain Bach Festival, Blue Hill Bach, and Portland Early Music Festival. In recital he has appeared in programs by Opera Down East, Longwood Opera, Vanderkay Summer Music Series, Boothbay Opera House, and Rangeley Friends of the Arts.
Anthony Antolini is a facultymember in the Bowdoin College Department of Music, where he conducts the Bowdoin Chorus and Rachmaninoff Choir. He is also artistic director of DownEast Singers and conductor of the Lincoln Festival Chorus. As an organist he is director of music at the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist in Thomaston. He is also a faculty member of the New England Suzuki Institute in Standish. In March 2014 he presented a program of songs from the time of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment for the Maine Humanities Council. He holds an undergraduate degree in music from Bowdoin College and graduate degrees from Stanford University in music and Slavic Studies.