Musical Benefits Set for Food Pantry

SOUTHWEST HARBORThere will be two musical benefits for the Westside Food Pantry at St. John Church, which is at 315 Main Street.

Monetary donations will be accepted at the door.

First up is a song recital, on Monday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m., featuring soprano Rosalind Gnatt.

Ms. Gnatt will performing classic songs of the British Isles, arranged by Benjamin Britten, and songs of the Appalachia region, arranged by John Jacob Niles. She will be accompanied by Stephen Byers Sampson on the piano. Ms. Gnatt has sung with the Grand Opera Theater under Boris Goldovsky and principally with the Washington Opera and Washington Concert Opera. Ms. Gnatt is a Master of Divinity student at the Union Theological Seminary. Mr. Sampson is the organist and music director of St. Andrew and St. John Church and is a senior science writer at the Jackson Lab.

Pianist Deborah Fortier will perform on Monday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. Ms. Fortier will play pieces by Bach, Chopin, Schubert, Grieg and one of her own compositions. She has been performing and teaching in the northeast for 40 years and she has composed several sets of piano music. She has a private piano studio in New York City and has been teaching piano since 1991. Ms Fortier has been the longtime artistic administrator of the Bar Harbor Music Festival which was founded by her husband, Frances Fortier.

For more information call Susan Buell at 244-3124.

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Fenceviewer Staff

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