OPERA HOUSE ARTS CONTINUES A MUSIC-FILLED SUMMER WITH FOUR SPECIAL CONCERTS
Bob Milne has performed for presidents and generals and now he brings his toe-tapping evening of ragtime to the Stonington Opera House
Stonington – The summer is half over, but the music keeps coming as Opera House Arts’ summer music series rolls into August. Still to come, OHA presents four diverse concerts in both the Stonington Opera House and the Burnt Cove Church Community Center.
“We’re fortunate to feature two wonderful venues,” says Peter Richards, Interim Artistic Director. “These upcoming concerts offer something for everyone—rock, chamber music, ragtime, and Baroque music.”
First up, Vinalhaven based singer-songwriter Deep Gold takes the stage on Saturday August 11 at 7pm at the Burnt Cove Church Community Center. Deep Gold’s sound is a throwback to when music was raw and honest. His voice is often compared to Leonard Cohen’s, not only for its deep register, but the way in which it blends vulnerability and conviction. Listeners also draw comparisons to lyricists like Bob Dylan, who weave political, playful and profound messages into songs. But times have changed. The public needs a universal voice for the here and now. Tickets are $15.
A week later, OHA moves from contemporary indie-folk to the classical sounds of the Noree Chamber Soloists as they present their program The Romantic Spirit on Friday August 17, at 7pm at the Burnt Cove Church Community Center. Noree Chamber Soloists is a mobile chamber music ensemble that reaches out to people’s lives with the highest level of classical music. Their mission is to inspire and nurture the human spirit by bringing classical music to communities across America. This intimate concert features Clara Schumann’s Three Romances, Robert Schumann’s Piano Fantasy in C, Robert Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, and Brahms Piano Trio in B Major. Tickets are $25.
On Wednesday August 29 at 7pm at the Stonington Opera House, audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled, toe-tapping, rollicking good time with Bob Milne’s Ragtime Piano. Bob Milne is an internationally known ragtime pianist who has been designated a National Treasure. He can sit down and play a tune after hearing it only once. He never practices and never has. He says, “What fun is it playing to the four walls? I can’t perform without an audience.” He has played for audiences all over the world, presidents and generals, dignitaries at home and abroad, and came to be named a Musical Ambassador by the U.S. Department of State. Tickets are $15.
Then, wrapping up the summer, OHA offers a special evening of music and film with Perpetual Motion: Galileo and His Revolutions which will take place on Saturday September 8 at 7pm
Stonington Opera House. The performance offers a moving account of Galileo’s remarkable moment in the history of science, human thought and music by tying together the avant-garde music of Galileo’s day, narration by bestselling author Dava Sobel, and high-definition images of Earth and the cosmos. Inspired by Dava Sobel’s book Galileo’s Daughter, the group bring alive, through music and readings, the era of Suor Maria Celeste, whose letters to her famous father make vivid the spiritual and daily life of a 17th-century woman. Tickets are $15.
“In Perpetual Motion, we’re taken back to the 17th century, when a new age of science was born,” says Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of StarTalk and Cosmos. “The harmony is so natural, so welcome to our senses, that we are left wondering why all history of science is not choreographed for us in this way.”
When You Go
Tickets can be purchased online at www.operahousearts.org, by phone at 207-367-2788, or in person at the Opera House Box Office, at the corner of Main and School Streets at the base of the commercial fish pier in downtown Stonington (Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
About Opera House Arts
Opera House Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was originally established to restore the historic Stonington Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places, to its original role as a center for performance and a community gathering space. Now in its 18th year, OHA produces live theatre, music and dance in both the Stonington Opera House, and on our second stage, the restored Burnt Cove Church Community Center.
Opera House Arts’ high quality, original, professional performance programs serve all of Hancock County’s winter and summer residents and visitors, of all ages, with special emphasis on the residents and students of Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula. We offer a full year-round schedule of professional theatre, film, educational programs, digital media, concerts, and community events.
OHA is an unique organization. Many of our audiences know us as a professional theatre presenting plays, concerts and family programming in the summer – and indeed we are that, but we are also so much more. As soon as the calendar turns the page from August to September, we dive back into the other half of our identity: as a civic gathering space rooted in the belief that access to and participation in the arts can change lives.