“Stories in Music” is being presented by SLLMF in conjunction with the LOOK summer program. SLLMF artist, Susan Rotholz, will narrate a musical story composed by Maine composer, Delvyn Case. “Lighthouse Keeper, the Story of Abbie Burgess” is scored for string quintet. It tells the famous, true story of a brave young girl who found the courage to maintain the lighthouse on Matinicus Rock during a fierce nor’easter in the 19th century, while her father was stuck on the mainland.

At first, the audience is introduced to the main character, the string instruments, and the music which depicts the different stages of the storm. Then, the excitement begins. This is a gripping story, from beginning to end, which portrays the bravery of a young girl, but also shows the power of music to bring emotions alive.

The musicians of the SLLMF are top-level professional artists who travel from around the country to participate in the five-week festival which takes place every summer at the Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. They are captivating musical storytellers. String players for “Lighthouse Keeper” are violinists Gerry Itzkoff, Cincinnati Symphony and Phil Palermo, Indianapolis symphony; violist Laurie Kennedy and bassist George Calvert, both with the Portland Symphony; and cellist Eliot Bailen, creator of the acclaimed NYC program for school children, From Song to Symphony.

Tickets at the school’s door are $4 adults, $2 children, and free to LOOK participants.

Also, SLLMF has announced plans for Discover the Joys of Live Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 27. The program will include selections from works by Mozart, as well as “Lighthouse Keeper, the Story of Abbie Burgess.”

Susan Rotholz and Carmelo Galante will be featured in works by Mozart for flute and strings, and clarinet and strings. Then the string quintet, with Rotholz as narrator, will present “Lighthouse Keeper, the Story of Abbie Burgess.”

Admission is free at the church but donations are accepted. The church is on Sweden Rd. For more information, visit www.sebagomusicfestival.org.


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