Hues of blues and greens, perhaps deep purple and pink, could be the colors of the Maine landscape at day and the Maine sky at twilight … and might also be the colors of music coming from Broad Bay Congregational UCC’s summer concert.

This year’s concert, titled The Colors of Music: How Can I Keep from Singing?, will take place Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the church, 941 Main St./Route 220.

The concert’s title refers to the great range of audible colors that come from the musical works, the musicians and their instruments. Carroll Smith of Bristol, lead organizer for the get-together, said she primarily got the idea from the hymn “How Can I Keep From Singing” and then started thinking about all the things in music — the rich variety, the tone patterns — and wondered, “really, how can I keep from singing?”

The featured instruments will be the church’s historic Hook & Hastings organ, built in 1875, piano, classical guitar, trumpet and human voice, both singing and whistling.

This is Broad Bay’s sixth summer concert, a series started to raise funds for restoration of the organ. Smith, who has served as Broad Bay’s organist since January, said it is amazing that something so old can still be so great.

“A lot has happened to make it sound that way, with its restoration. It’s an example of old world workmanship and craftsmanship, and the sounds are so pure, not artificial. It’s the real deal,” she said.

She added that this wonderful old instrument is very capable on its own, but it also blends quite nicely with the human voice, with the trumpet and guitar.

The evening of music will feature “Village Variations” by Andrew Carter; “Barden Kange,” Op. 13 by Johann Kaspar Mertz; Etude No. 1 and Choro No. 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos; “Prayer of Saint Gregory” by Alan Hovhannes; “Ivory Tower” by Flor Peeters; “My Love Flows On in Endless Song”; “Julia Florida (Barcarola)” by Agustin Barrios Mangore; “A Trumpeter’s Lullaby” by Leroy Anderson; and “The Whistler and His Dog” by Arthur Pryor.

Jay Zoller, organist of South Parish Congregational Church in Augusta, will alternate with Smith at the organ. Zoller earned his undergraduate degree in organ and composition at the University of New Hampshire and went on to earn a master’s of theology degree at Boston University. Recently retired as a designer with the Andover Organ Co., he is past dean of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is now a member of the Portland chapter. Most recently, Zoller has studied with Heinz Wunderlich of Hamburg, Germany, and has performed many of his organ compositions in recital. He writes for several organ-related journals.

Smith, also a member of Broad Bay, said the influence of Zoller, who plays an 1866 Hook & Hastings in South Parish and is a strong supporter of old organs, led her to her current position at Broad Bay. She graduated from the Flora Macdonald College Conservatory of Music, Red Springs, N.C., with a degree in music education. She studied organ with John E. Williams and voice with Lawrence Skinner. She also studied improvisational service playing with Gerre Hancock at the Eastman School of Music, choral conducting and techniques with Alice Parker and Hal Hopson at Virginia Wesleyan College and liturgical service playing with Paul Manz and Alec Wyton at Roanoke College. Smith has taught music education in the public school system for 25 years. She is an experienced church musician, having served more than 15 churches as organist and choir director.

Tenor Virgil Bozeman IV will be the evening’s vocalist. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in music literature and performance from Northeastern University, where he studied choral conducting with Joshua Jacobson and voice with Jeanne Segal. He earned a master’s in choral music from the University of Illinois, where he studied choral conducting with Don V. Moses, Chester Alwes and Fred Stoltzfus and voice with Dr. Barrington Coleman. While at Illinois, he was the assistant conductor of the concert choir. Bozeman is the choral music teacher at Richmond Middle/High School, director of the senior choir at South Parish Congregational Church, artistic director of the Greater Freeport Community Chorus and chairman of the Maine Music Educator’s Association District III.

James Merrifield, a spring graduate of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, will play trumpet. In college, he performed more than 100 concerts with various instrumental ensembles. He toured Europe twice as the lead trumpet player for the Gettysburg College Jazz Ensemble, performing on the stages of the Montreux, Jazz a Vienne and Jazz a Juan festivals in France and Switzerland.

Classical guitarist Nick Wallace received his musical training at the University of Southern Maine and continues to study with guitarist Keith Crook. He also has studied with Nathan Kolosko and Don Pride and recently performed in master class for Sergio and Odair Assad. Wallace regularly performs with Portland-based bluegrass group Tricky Britches, which has toured throughout much of the United States and in Europe. He performs with flutist Sarah Sawin as part of the Sawin-Wallace Duo for weddings, concerts and many other functions.  As a member of his father’s pipe organ restoration company, David E. Wallace & Co., he also has helped with bringing the colors back to Broad Bay’s organ.

Darin Carlucci, president of the Coastal Choral in New Harbor, will be the evening’s featured whistler.

The concert is free; an offering will be taken for the organ fund to continue care and restoration. Refreshments arranged by Elise Merrifield and Marilyn Andrews will be served in the parish hall after the concert. “Taxi” service is available; call the church office at 832-6898 and leave a message.

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