Vocalist Theresa Thomason to grace Pops concert



Pianist Paul Sullivan and gospel songstress Theresa Thomason will perform together at the Bagaduce Music Lending Library’s 28th Blue Hill Pops Concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, at George Stevens Academy.

BLUE HILL — Jazz and gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, who has performed for more than 20 years at the Paul Winter Consort’s Winter Solstice Celebration at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, and Grammy Award-winning pianist Paul Sullivan will headline the 28th annual Blue Hill Pops Concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, at George Stevens Academy.

Sponsored by the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, the “Sounds Around Blue Hill” musical celebration is an annual summer tradition dating back to 1990.

The evening’s lineup also will include the high-energy duo of Acadian fiddler Gus La Casse and guitarist Peter Lindquist.

Entering his senior year at Mount Desert Island High School, La Casse traveled to Ireland to perform in 2016 and has played multiple times at the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass. His repertoire reflects his dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions.

“A natural-born fiddle player … whose energy would power a small city” is how Young Tradition Vermont’s Artistic Director Peter Sutherland described the young fiddler.

A singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Lindquist has toured extensively in the United States and Canada and has performed in England, Spain and France. After many years away, he returned home to Mount Desert Island, where he continues to perform and record.

In addition, the Bagaduce Pops Singers, under the direction of Bronwyn Kortge, will sing a medley of Broadway showstoppers by Leonard Bernstein in honor of his 100th birthday. The selection includes songs from “West Side Story,” “On the Town,” “Wonderful Town” and “Candide.” The Pops Singers will be accompanied by Karen Dickes on piano and Lynette Woods on drums.

A Brooklin resident, Sullivan performs solo and as a member of the Paul Winter Consort. He has toured most of the United States and Europe, as well as Croatia, Israel and Japan. As a jazz pianist, the pianist has played with a wide variety of jazz masters, from Benny Goodman to Tommy Flanagan. His 13 CDs have sold more than 300,000 copies and have won 3 Indie Awards. In 2006, Sullivan received a Grammy Award for his work on the Paul Winter Consort CD, “Silver Solstice.”

Thomason’s singing is rooted in gospel, but stretches beyond to include jazz and pop.  She has sung in the most hallowed halls of Europe, including a performance at the Vatican in 2005. She has also performed on Broadway in the musical “Hot Feet,” which was choreographed and directed by Maurice Hines.

Those attending this year’s Blue Hill Pops are invited to attend a pre-concert dinner from 5 to 6:45 p.m. at the old Ice House Barn, located directly behind George Stevens Academy. Tickets for the pre-concert party are $40 each and will include a barbecue dinner, all beverages and lively entertainment by the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band. Because of space limitations, tickets are limited.

As in past years, the Blue Hill Pops will close with a patriotic finale featuring an audience sing-along.

Corporate Sponsors for the 2018 Blue Hill Pops are Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Stanley Subaru and Tradewinds Marketplace.

Table seats, reserved chairs and bleacher seats are available in a range of prices beginning at $10.

For tickets, call the Blue Hill Pops Manager Cheri Robbins at 374-5454 or stop by the Bagaduce Music Lending Library at 49 South St. in Blue Hill. For more info, visit www.bagaducemusic.org.