Blue Hill Bach Makes Its Debut

BLUE HILL — On Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Blue Hill Bach will present its debut concert at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church in Blue Hill.

The performance will feature Brooklin mezzo-soprano Marcia Gronewold Sly, organist Jonathan Dimmock, oboist Stephen Hammer, violinist Heidi Powell, members of Baroque Orchestra of Maine and a 16-voice choir. The program will include two solo cantatas for alto, BWV 169 and 170 and works that will showcase the church’s Karl Wilhelm pipe organ, as well as the double concerto in C minor, BWV 1060b, for oboe and violin.

Blue Hill Bach was founded to bring baroque music for voice and period instruments to the Blue Hill Peninsula. Drawing upon the wealth of talent in the region and visiting artists who specialize in early music, Blue Hill Bach will present historically informed performances of some of the most beautiful and profound music ever written.

Sly has performed with organizations that include Bangor Symphony Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, San Francisco Opera and the Kronos Quartet. A member of the voice faculty at University of Maine, Orono, she is also an arts administrator and the founder of Blue Hill Bach.

Dimmock is well known internationally as a recitalist, choral conductor, accompanist, and continuo player. He has held musical posts at Westminster Abbey in London, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, and is currently Organist for the San Francisco Symphony.

Heidi Powell is a baroque violin specialist who has appeared as soloist with many of the country’s finest early music ensembles. Founder and director of Baroque Orchestra of Maine, she teaches privately in Ellsworth and Orono.

Oboist Stephen Hammer is one of America’s leading players of baroque woodwinds. A founding member and frequent soloist with the Bach Ensemble, he is also principal oboist of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Concert Royal, American Bach Soloists and the New York Collegium. He was a founding director of Early Music America, and is active as an instrument-maker and music administrator.

Admission is a suggested donation of $20 per person, $10 for children under 12. A portion of the proceeds from the concert and recording will be contributed to the St. Francis Church building fund.

For more information, call 590-2677.

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