2011-07-13 / Arts & Entertainment

Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival comes to Skye

SOUTH CARTHAGE — The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival will present Discover the Joys of Live Music, at the Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. The program, designed for ages 6 to 96, will feature the stringed instruments and flute and will include short classical selections, interactive audience participation, and a Maine premiere of a work for string quartet and narrator. 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 program, designed and narrated by SLLMF Music Director, Laurie Kennedy, takes the audience on a quick journey through four centuries of classical music, with short selections by such composers as Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartok and Villa-Lobos. The audience will witness the amazing versatility of these instruments, and all ages will enjoy the opportunity for audience participation. After the break, the arrival into the 21st century will be highlighted by a performance of “… and those seven dwarfs” by 30-year-old composer, Ryan Jesperson. Receiving its Maine premiere at Skye Theatre, this imaginative work uses the musical language of the present to tell the famous story from the point of view of the dwarfs. Ryan Jesperson, who lives in Connecticut, has a special connection to Farmington area, as he is engaged to be married to Sarah Washburn, who grew up in New Sharon in a family of musicians.

Festival musicians performing on this program include California husband and wife violinists Movses Pogossian, professor at UCLA, and Varty Manouelian, member of the LA Philharmonic; NYC husband and wife team cellist Eliot Bailen and flutist Susan Rotholz; and SLLMF Music Director Laurie Kennedy, Principal Viola with the Portland Symphony and a Carthage resident. Special guest performers will be the three talented Pogossian children, cellist Eddie, 14, and violinists Cara, 12, and Anoush, 8. Eddie is the winner of the Young Musicians Competition of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and will be performing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in June, 2011

Franklin County Musician 17-year-old Luke Pane of Wilton will be performing with Eddie Pogossian. Pane will be a senior at Mt. Blue High School. This year he won the position of Concertmaster of Maine All-State Orchestra, and June 18 he won first prize in Bay Chamber Concerts Young Stars of Maine Competition (17 and under) —a $1,000 prize.

Skye Theater is located three miles west of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2 in South Carthage. Ticket price is $15 at the door. Call New England Celtic Arts at 562- 4445 for reservations and directions. More information is available at www.necelticarts.com.

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