‘Feast’ for the ears

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HARRISON – Once again, the hills of Harrison are alive with music as the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival presents the third chamber music concert of its 35th anniversary season on Tuesday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the idyllic setting of The Deertrees Theater.

Billed as a “Musical Feast,” this week’s concert features chamber music with a contemporary flair as several of today’s young rising stars join the impressive array of well-known Festival artists who have delighted audiences for many years.

First on the menu is Bohuslav Martinu’s whimsical “Revue de Cuisine,” flavored with touches of tango and Charleston. This work originated as a ballet in which the dancers play a variety of cooking utensils caught in a naïve episode of kitchen life. John Schnell, principal trumpet with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, will be joined by Carmelo Galante, clarinet; Margaret Phillips, bassoon; Jasmine Lin, violin; Jonathan Golove, cello; and Yuri Funahashi, piano.

The next course is a dramatic showpiece, the Trio for Clarinet, Horn and Piano. Composed in 1980 by George Rochberg, who is often classified by critics as a “neo-romantic,” this work contains both forward- and backward-looking elements. The Trio features Grammy Award winning French hornist and Lewiston native, Andrew Pelletier; long-time Festival favorite, Carmelo Galante, principal clarinetist with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra; and Yuri Funahashi, a Farmington resident who is also solo pianist with the Festival Chamber Music Society of New York City.

The feast concludes with the festive Beethoven Septet for Winds and Strings. Noted for its virtuosic violin passages, the Septet will be led by the young Chicago-based violinist, Jasmine Lin, prizewinner of the prestigious Paganini Competition. Lin will be joined by Galante, Phillips, Pelletier, Golove, along with violist, Laurie Kennedy and bassist, Anthony d’Amico.

This concert has been specially designed to appeal to a younger crowd. 18- to 32-year-olds are invited to bring a picnic supper and a date or friend. Admission to the concert will be two for the price of one. The Festival will provide a free drink and dessert and an opportunity to meet the musicians. The picnic will begin at 6 p.m., rain or shine.

The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival’s 35th concert season continues with two more Tuesday evening performances on Aug. 7 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the 2007 season, as well as program notes by Will Hertz, visit the Festival web site, www.sebagomusicfestival.org.

All concerts take place at the historic Deertrees Theatre in Harrison (wheelchair accessible).

Tickets are $20 for individual series concerts, or $80 for the series of five evening concerts. Tickets for anyone under 21 are free and available at the door (open seating, first come/first served). For tickets, contact Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, P.O. Box 544, Harrison, Maine 04040; by phone, 583-6747; or available at Bridgton Public Library, Bridgton Books, Books & Things in Bethel, The Cool Moose in Bridgton, Center Lovell Market, The Country Sleigh in Naples and Fare Share in Norway.

The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival continues its 35th anniversary season of chamber music concerts on Tuesday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. (new curtain time) at the Deertrees Theater in Harrison. Pictured are Lewiston native and Grammy Award winner Andrew Pelletier, and prizewinning Chicago violin soloist Jasmine Lin, who will be performing with other well-known Festival favorites in a dazzling concert billed as a “Musical Feast.”

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