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Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: October 29, 2018

There’s another Bernstein birthday bash on Sunday

Written by: Bob Keyes

In this July 26, 1971 file photo conductor Leonard Bernstein tells reporters in Washington that the work he is preparing for the 1971 opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a “labor of love.” AP Photo/Charles Harrity, File

The Leonard Bernstein birthday party continues this weekend when the Amethyst Chamber Ensemble, pianist George Lopez and vocal soloists celebrate the composer’s 100th birthday through art song, musical theater, operatic song and chamber works.

Sunday’s concert at Studzinski Recital Hall at Bowdoin College in Brunswick will include selections from “Candide,” “On the Town,” “Songfest” “Mass,” the Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” and music by Barber, Copland and Sondheim.

Guest artist and cellist Emmanuel Feldman will join the artists of Amethyst to offer selections from the Cello Meditations from “Mass.” Video clips, testimonials, quotations and anecdotes will help illuminate Bernstein’s career and provide context for his accomplishments.

Gulimina Mahamuti Photo courtesy of Amethyst Chamber Ensemble

The artists are Mary Sullivan, soprano; Nacole Palmer, soprano; Joëlle Morris, mezzo-soprano; Jesse Wakeman, tenor; Will Prapestis, baritone; John David Adams, bass-baritone; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Maria Perez Mendoza, percussion; Gulimina Mahamuti, piano; and George Lopez, piano.

“Bernsteinfest”

WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4
WHERE: Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick
HOW MUCH: Free
INFO: On Facebook: Amethyst Chamber Ensemble

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