Two centuries of American music

Jul 29, 2014
A chronological concert program will be presented by, from left, Anthony Antolini, Sean Fleming and John David Adams Saturday night, Aug. 9, in Thomaston.

Thomaston — Organist/pianist Sean Fleming, bass-baritone John David Adams and pianist Anthony Antolini will collaborate in a concert titled “An American Sampler: A Chronological Retrospective of American Music from 1814 to 2014” Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 200 Main St./Route 1.

The program will include songs by Stephen Foster, John Duke, Cole Porter, Ned Rorem, Leonard Bernstein and Midcoast native composer Aaron Robinson, sung by Adams, accompanied by Fleming on piano 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.

Antolini and 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 Ever Young Chorus. He has directed or accompanied more than 65 musical theater productions and is the organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newcastle.

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.

Antolini is a faculty member in the Bowdoin College Department of Music, where he conducts the Bowdoin Chorus and Rachmaninoff Choir. He also is artistic director of Down East Singers and conductor of the Lincoln Festival Chorus. As an organist, he is director of music at St. John Baptist. He also is a faculty member of the New England Suzuki Institute in Standish. Earlier this year, he presented a program of songs from the time of Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” for the Maine Humanities Council.

A suggested donation of $15 will be requested; a portion of proceeds will go toward funding St. John’s charitable outreach projects.

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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