Sebago-Long Lake Discovery Concerts

DISCOVERY CONCERTS — The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival performers in the “Discovery” concerts will include Movses Pogossian, Varty Manouelian, Eliot Bailen and Laurie Kennedy. The concerts for ages 6 to 96 will be held at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris on Thursday, July 21 at 1 p.m.; and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bridgton (Route 93), Sunday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

Here’s a chance to “discover” the wonderful sounds of classical music.

The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, now in the 39th season of summer concerts, has announced plans for “Discover the Joys of Live Music.” This program for ages 6-96 will be presented at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris today Thursday, July 21 at 1 p.m. and at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bridgton (located off Route 93) this Sunday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

The program, designed and narrated by SLLMF Music Director, Laurie Kennedy, will feature short classical selections by such composers as Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartok and Villa-Lobos, and a Maine premiere of “…and those seven dwarfs” by 30-year-old Connecticut composer, Ryan Jesperson. This imaginative work for string quartet and narrator uses the musical language of the present to tell the famous old story from the point of view of the dwarfs.

The musicians of the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival are all top-level professional artists who travel from around the country to participate in this five-week festival, which takes place every summer at the Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. The audience will witness the amazing versatility of these instrumentalists, and will also enjoy the opportunity to participate in several numbers. A special feature will be the appearance of several unusually talented young musicians.

Festival musicians include California husband and wife violinists Movses Pogossian, professor at UCLA, and Varty Manouelian, member of the LA Philharmonic; New York City husband and wife team cellist Eliot Bailen and flutist Susan Rotholz; and SLLMF Violist/Music Director Laurie Kennedy.

Joining them are the three Pogossian children, cellist Eddie, age 14 and violinists Cara, 12 and Anoush, 8, and Luke Pane, 17-year-old violinist from Wilton. Eddie, as winner of the Young Musicians Competition of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performed as soloist in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in June. Luke was chosen as concertmaster of the Maine All-State Orchestra in May and won first prize in the Bay Chamber concerts Young Maine Stars competition in June.

The Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School concert is $2 and $4, with LOOK participants and their families admitted free.

The St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (41 Sweden Road) concert is free to the public, donations accepted.

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