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Music for flute and harp featuring Carolyn Lanigan and Virginia Flanagan will be presented at the Oasis of Music beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Trinity Commons in Lewiston. Their program will include music of Bizet, Ravel, Piazolla and Lennon-McCartney.

Lanigan completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in flute performance at Montclair State College, New Jersey. Principal flute teachers included Mary Landolfi, Deidre McGuire, William Hebert and Peggy Schecter. Since moving to Maine in 2017, Lanigan has continued performing, enjoying collaborations with new musician friends in a variety of ensembles. She continues to teach privately and is currently the music director of the Midcoast High Winds Flute Choir, a group Oasis audiences have greatly enjoyed.

Flanagan (better known as “Suki”) studied harp with the legendary teacher Lucile Lawrence while earning a BA in Music from Wellesley College, and a Master of Music in Harp Performance at Boston University. As a student, she attended the Tanglewood Institute, and was the harpist for the MIT Symphony. She also studied with Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden. She moved to Maine from the Philadelphia area where she served as the Associate Director of the Philadelphia Harp Festival. She performed with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, the Bucks County Choral Society, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, the Westminster Community Orchestra, the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, and other local performing groups. She also enjoyed frequent solo performances, including performing at the Philadelphia Harp Festival, the Lucile Lawrence Centennial Celebration at Ball State University, and a variety of local churches. She currently enjoys being part of Maine’s vibrant music life as a freelance harpist, performing regularly with the Midcoast Symphony and with Bangor and Augusta Symphonies, and also with ensembles at Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby Colleges, Sheepscot Valley Chorus, Penobscot Bay, and Downeast Singers. In addition to regular private lessons she is offering a new teaching program, “Hands-On Harp,” a group-format beginner-level introduction to the harp for those curious about the instrument.

The Oasis of Music is a weekly music series of performances of roughly thirty minutes, running from September to May. Admission is free, with donations accepted. The musical genres vary greatly, in largely, but not exclusively, acoustic formats. For more information, call 207-344-3106.

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