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Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival 2013: July 23 Program II
HARRISON — The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival will present Passioni di Italia, the second chamber music concert of the 2013 season, on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. Historic Deertrees, noted for its intimate woodland setting and superior acoustics, is perfectly suited to the exciting programs of diverse chamber music, designed by Music Director Laurie Kennedy. “Expect the unexpected” (PPH 2011). Performing in these concerts are artists from renowned orchestras, chamber music groups and festivals, gathered from across the country and abroad. Many of these musicians return year after year to the joy of their loyal audiences. There is magic here!
Since Deertrees was originally built as an opera house, it is fitting that this concert, Passioni di Italia, should feature Italy’s great opera composers, Rossini, and Verdi, both unexpected guests at a chamber music concert. Chopin and noted film score composer Nino Rota (Godfather fame), are also unexpected visitors. Luigi Boccherini wrote more than enough chamber music, including 105 quintets and over 60 trios, for all of these composers combined.
The concert opens with Boccherini’s String Trio in D Major, Opus 47, No.5, one of six trios composed for King Frederick William II of Prussia. Next is Rossini’s Quartet for Flute and Strings in B-Flat Major, one of the well-known, high-spirited quartets written when the composer was a prodigious 12-year old, definitely pre-opera. Nino Rota’s Trio for Flute, Violin and Piano is an exciting work, full of unexpected twists and turns, going from an insistent, rhythmic, “hey, look at me!” feeling, to a meandering dreaminess, and concluding with great hustle and bustle. Finally a hint of opera is heard in Chopin’s charming Variations for Flute and Piano, based on a theme from Rossini’s opera Cinderella. The program will end in celebration of Verdi’s 200th birthday, with his only chamber work, the String Quartet in E Minor. This piece is muscular, soulful, agitated, and yes, filled with operatic phrases and drama. At this concert expect flirtatious, energetic, flowing, melodic, music - Passioni di Italia!
There are no unexpected guests on the artist list - only very familiar faces: Stephen Manes, piano; Susan Rotholz, flute; Varty Manouelian, Movses Pogossian, violins; Laurie Kennedy, viola and Eliot Bailen, cello.
This program will also be performed on Monday, July 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in Fryeburg, at the Leura Hill Eastman Center for Performing Arts, with support from the Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation. See details below.
Tickets for the concerts at Deertrees are $100 for the series of five concerts, and $25 for individual concerts. Tickets for anyone 21 and under are free. Tickets are available online at www.sebagomusicfestival.org; at the Deertrees Theatre Box Office; by mail at SLLMF, P.O. Box 544, Harrison ME 04040; locally at Bridgton Books, Country Sleigh (Naples) and Books N Things (Norway) or by phone at 583-6747.
All tickets are for open seating and will be held at the front entrance box office. Tickets are available concert nights starting at 6:45 p.m.. Reserved tickets must be picked up by 7 p.m.
Don’t miss these outreach concerts, performed by SLLMF musicians:
Stories in Music - Thursday July 25, 1 p.m. at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris. Tickets at the door are $4 for adults, $2 for children and free to LOOK participants.
Discover the Joys of Classical Music - Sunday, July 28, 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bridgton. Free; donations accepted.
Passioni di Italia - Monday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. and Fantasies - Monday, August 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+) and $10 for students. Tickets are available online at www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac; at the PAC Box Office: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 935-9232 or locally at Spice and Grain (Fryeburg).
Kreutzer Sonata - Sunday, August 4, 7:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church on Chebeague Island. Free; donations accepted.
For more information, program notes, artists bios, tickets, visit the new website: www.sebagomusicfestival.org.
STRING QUARTET — The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival’s 41st season continues on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. Performing in Passioni di Italia are long-time SLLMF musicians Movses Pogossian, Varty Manouelian, Eliot Bailen and Laurie Kennedy. The chamber music series runs for five Tuesday evenings through August 13.