Three of Russia’s finest soloists to perform

BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Concert Association will kick off its 2020 winter season, featuring the highly praised Hermitage Piano Trio, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.

From the great Russian musical tradition, the trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretive range and sumptuous sound. Its members are Misha Keylin, violin; Sergey Anontov, cello; and Ilya Kazantsev, piano. They are all noted soloists in their own right.

At the Jan. 19 concert, the Hermitage players will perform works by Clara Schumann, Joaquin Turina, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Gaspar Cassado and Schubert’s “Notturno.”

“Three of Russia’s most spectacular young soloists turned in a tremendous performance of such power and sweeping passion that it left you nearly out of breath” is how The Washington Post described a performance by the trio.

At intermission, the Deer Isle abstract artist Amy Bernhardt’s work will be on view. Bernhardt works in oil, watercolor and oil pastels. The featured institution will be Ellsworth’s landmark theater, The Grand.

In keeping with the association’s commitment to education, the Hermitage Piano Trio will offer an educational outreach program for students on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Bagaduce Music Performance Hall in Blue Hill.

Tickets for the Jan. 19 concert cost $30 per person online or at the door. Admission is free for young people 21 and under.

For more information, call 367-2918 or visit bluehillconcertassociation.org.

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