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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 5, 2015

Free Noonday Concerts begin Thursday at First Parish Church in Portland

Written by: Bob Keyes

The Portland Conservatory of Music begins its Noonday Concert Series at noon Thursday at First Parish Church in Portland.

This is the 20th year of the series, which features a different musician or small group of musicians every Thursday at noon. The church is at 425 Congress St., and admission is free.

Pianist Diane Walsh begins the series with a performance on Thursday.

The rest of the fall lineup:

Wren Saunders, bassoon, Oct. 15.

Music’s Quill with Tim Burris on lute and tenor Timothy Neill Johnson, Oct. 22.

Abitare Duo with Benjamin Noyes on cello and Tracey Jasas-Hardel on violin, Oct. 29.

Venti-Cordi with Kathleen McNerney on oboe and violinist Dean Stein, Nov. 5.

Ray Cornils, pipe organ, Nov. 12.

Castlebay, with Julia Lane on harp and Fred Gosbee on guitar and fiddle, Nov. 19.

Robert Lehmann, violin, and Kimberly Lehmann, viola, Dec. 3.

Portland Conservatory of Music Karger College Prep Division students, with Scott Wheatley directing, Dec. 10.

Choral Art Society holiday sing-along, with Robert Russell directing, Dec. 17.


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