SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Celebrating composer Robert Schumann’s 200th birthday this summer, the nonprofit Arthur Russell Strings program will offer its annual one-week intensive workshop from July 5 to 10, culminating with a concert at the Claremont Hotel.
An influential New York composer and cellist, Arthur Russell “created extraordinarily beautiful sounds with his voice and cello, exploring a wide range of musical emotions, from reverence to playfulness,” said a program spokesman.
The Arthur Russell Strings program, established in his memory in 1998, aims to offer rigorous training and performing experiences to intermediate and advanced-level music students in sixth through 12th grades. Participants benefit from a supportive community atmosphere while preparing for a public performance which showcases small and large chamber ensembles.
Instructors this year include pianist Nancy Colter, cellist Noreen Silver and violinists Claire Jolivet and Richard Hsu.
Piano and strings students are selected on the basis of demonstrated playing ability coupled with enthusiasm, interest, and musical experience. The program costs $460, but partial scholarships are available. Most students participate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A half-day option is available for students younger than 12, but who are advanced enough to play in chamber groups with their peers.
For more information, visit www.arstrings.org or call Kate Henry at 244-3702, Abigail Curless 244-0454, or Noreen Silver at 735-0666.
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