Sebago – Long Lake music fest concludes with ‘Grand Sextets’

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HARRISON — “Grand Sextets” brings the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival’s summer chamber music series to a close on at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. The finale of the 43rd season will be both grand and exhilarating. This is the last chance of the summer to enjoy the festival, noted for its diverse musical offerings. 

Tickets are $25.

The program includes: Reinecke, Trio in A Minor, Op. 188 for Oboe, Horn and Piano; Dvorak,  String Sextet in A major, Op. 48 and Mendelssohn, Sextet in D Major, Op. 110 for Piano and Strings

The lovely, romantic Trio in A Minor by Carl Reinecke features the warm, fluid phrases of the oboe and French horn, interwoven with the piano. Reinecke, whose music is not often performed today, was well-known in his day – the latter part of the nineteenth century and early 1900s – as a concert artist, teacher and prolific composer. Pianist Mihae Lee, praised by the Boston Globe as “simply dazzling”, joins forces with Stephen Taylor, solo oboist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and, William Purvis, French horn soloist and member of the New York Woodwind quintet.

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The strings come together, in pairs – two violins, two violas and two cellos – in the Sextet by Dvo?ák, who magically blends the traditional romantic style with native Czech rhythms and tunes for heightened expression and excitement. This sextet, which established Dvorak’s reputation all over Europe, moves rapidly through the emotions from melancholy to humor to wild dances to fervent lyricism. The magic music-makers in the sextet are: violinists Elsa Brown, from the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester in Berlin, and Philip Palermo, Associate Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony; violists Maureen Gallagher, co-Principal of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Laurie Kennedy, SLLMF Music Director; and cellists Bonnie Thron, Principal of the North Carolina Symphony, and Lindy Clarke, a founding member of the Claring Chamber Players.

The rafters of Deertrees will vibrate as Mihae Lee and the strings, now joined by Volkan Orhon, prizewinning double bass soloist, come together for the effervescent Sextet in D Major by the 15-year old Felix Mendelssohn. Mihae Lee takes on the virtuoso piano fireworks, once performed by the young Mendelssohn. The sparks will fly as the musicians, long-time friends and colleagues, joyously bring this youthful music to life for the grand finale of the season.

Admission is free for anyone 21 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Deertree box office; at local outlets: Bridgton Books; Books N Things in Norway. Reservations  may be made by calling 207-583-6747.

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. Reserved tickets must be picked up by 7 p.m.

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