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The Maine Friends of Music prepares for the fall season

The Maine Friends of Music chamber group will perform three varied Baroque and Beyond concerts during the first week in November. The concerts will be
Friday, November 4 at 2:00PM at the The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine,
Saturday, November 5 at 3:00PM at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newcastle, Maine, and
Sunday, November 6 at 4:30PM at St. Peter’s Basilica in Lewiston, Maine.

The programs will include music by Boismortier, Couperin, Devienne, Mozart, Beethoven, Field, Faure, and Joplin. Members of the ensemble are Sean Fleming, piano and harpsichord; Linda Brunner, flute; and David DeBolt, bassoon.

The Maine Friends of Music is known for its varied programs, and these concerts carry on that tradition. The programs will begin with a suite of dance music for bassoon by the French composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Selections from Couperin’s “Les goûts-réunis, ou Nouveaux concerts” will follow; a piece in which the harpsichord and the full ensemble alternate. A flute sonata by Devienne, the “French Mozart”, a movement from Mozart’s sonata in B-flat major for bassoon, and a beautiful nocturne for solo piano by the Irish composer John Field, a predecessor to Chopin, will be played. The concert will end with a set of variations for flute, bassoon, and forte-piano written a by a teenage Ludwig Beethoven, and an arrangement for the full group of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.”

The Maine Friends of Music is a professional chamber ensemble that has played their Baroque and Beyond repertoire in many concert venues of Midcoast Maine since 1993. The members of the group, who perform in a variety of combinations, are flutist Linda Brunner, bassoonist David DeBolt, and keyboardist Sean Fleming. Recently members of the group performed a 4-concert tour in Paris, Nice, and Frejus, France at the invitation of Parisian harpsichordist Claire Pradel. Regarding the Frejus concert, the review by a leading newspaper of the Riviera noted that: “The instrumentalists were excellent from beginning to end” (Var Matin, 6/17/07).

The group’s quick-paced programs create interesting listening experiences, with a variety of tone colors and styles. Most of the ensemble’s repertoire is from the eighteenth century Baroque, including masterworks by J.S. Bach and his sons, Telemann, Vivaldi, Handel, Marcello and Scarlatti: Mozart and Beethoven provide classic period choices. Twentieth century composers such as Debussy, Hindemith, Vaughan-Williams and Koechlin give a change of pace, and new music written for the Maine Friends of Music concerts by Bill Douglas, Bernard Garfield, Sean Fleming, and David DeBolt has expanded the repertoire further. The addition of guest singers John and Stephanie Sikora in J.S. Bach’s humorous Coffee Cantata delighted audiences in France, Ohio and Maine in recent seasons.

“Imagination and adaptation are twin themes that inspire the annual concerts by the Maine Friends of Music, one of the state’s most unusual performing ensembles. I’ve attended for the past two years, and I’ve been thoroughly delighted by the repertoire that’s presented with enthusiasm and flair.” (Scott Andrews, Times Record, Brunswick, ME).

 

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