Oboist will help open Sebago music festival

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HARRISON – The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary this summer beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Deertrees Theater. World-class chamber musicians will gather in this rustic setting to present a variety of chamber music. The series will run for five Tuesday evenings through Aug. 14.

The opening concert, titled “Bach to Piazzolla,” features virtuoso Boston oboist Peggy Pearson performing her own arrangements of works by Bach and Haydn for oboe and strings. A winner of the Pope Foundation Award for Outstanding accomplishment in Music, Pearson has performed solo, chamber and orchestral music throughout the United States and abroad. Lloyd Schwartz, winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, called her “my favorite living oboist.”

Also performing will be flutist Susan Rotholz, who will play Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aries” arranged for flute and strings. The leading figure in the composition of tangos, Piazzolla introduced to the genre such diverse influences as jazz, the dissonance of contemporary classics and even Italian opera. Each of the four tangos represents a different season and is a unique blending of the syncopations of the dance, Bach-like counterpoint, touches of Romantic and impressionistic music, and jazz.

Other musicians playing in the opening concert are violinists Varty Manouelian, Laurie Kennedy and Varty Manouelian; cellist Eliot Bailen; and pianist Stephen Manes.

For more information about the 2007 season, as well as program notes by Will Hertz, visit the festival Web site: www.sebagomusicfestival.org.

Tickets are $20 for individual concerts, or $80 for the series of five evening concerts. People under 21 admitted free. Tickets are available at the box office, Books N Things in Bethel, the Cool Moose in Bridgton, Center Lovell Market in Lovell, The Country Sleigh in Naples, and Fare Share in Norway; call 583-6747; or go online to www.sebagomusicfestival.org.

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