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The Maine Friends of Music plays summer concerts

The MAINE FRIENDS OF MUSIC Baroque and Beyond concerts this summer will begin at Union Church of South Bristol, Route 129 and Middle Road, on Sunday, July 15 at 4:30 pm. Free/donations.

The program includes music by Couperin, Boismortier, Mozart, Gluck, Verdi, Mignone, Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo, and Bill Douglas. Members of the ensemble are soprano Mary Sullivan, flutist Linda Brunner, bassoonist David DeBolt, and pianist/harpsichordist Sean Fleming. They also will perform Tuesday, July 24 at Montpelier, The Henry Knox Museum, in Thomaston at 7:00 pm. For tickets: http://knoxmuseum.org/event/maine-friends-of-music-2018/. On Tuesday, July 31, 3:00 pm, they will be at Schooner Cove in Damariscotta in a concert for residents and their guests. For information, please call (207) 563 3915 or 644-8579.

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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