LEWISTON — The Bow and String Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Boardman, will present a concert of baroque music for strings by Bach and Telemann at Trinity Church in Lewiston at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. This the fourth annual benefit event for the Jubilee Center of Lewiston.

The viola da gamba will be especially featured along with violins, violas and celli, as Mark Nordberg performs the Suite in D Major for Viola da gamba and Strings by Telemann. This piece puts the solo instrument in front of the accompanying orchestra in a dramatic overture, followed by a group of lively and stately dance tunes that feature what the lead instrument is capable of in its range of pitch and color.

The viola da gamba (“viola held by the knees”), an ancestor of the violin family, was just beginning to lose its popularity at the time of Telemann. It is played with a bow and has frets on the fingerboard for finger placement.

The music of Bach will be represented by what arranger Mark Nordberg entitles Concerto for Seven. Three joyous instrumental pieces from three different cantatas by Bach are arranged for two violins (Mary Hunter and Jessie Boardman), two violas (Nathan Hillman and Greg Boardman), two violas da gamba (Mark Nordberg and Barbara Oliver) and cello (Mary Randall).

Completing the program will be Bach’s Ricercare for Three, originally a keyboard piece from A Musical Offering, arranged for string trio, and played by Greg Boardman, violin, Nathan Hillman, viola, and Barbara Oliver, cello.

A suggested donation of $15 will be payable at the door. Student admission is free. FMI, call 207-344-3106.

Mark Nordberg and Barbara Oliver will perform in a Baroque Masters concert at Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston on Oct. 27.


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