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Hjaltested, Jones, Potterton in 11th Mary Potterton Memorial Concert

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LUBEC, Maine — The second-to-last concert of the SummerKeys season will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Lubec. Violist/violinist Margret Hjaltested graduated from the Reykjavik College of Music, the Juilliard School and the Mannes College of Music. She is a recipient of the American Scandinavian Society’s Cultural Award for her musical contributions to Scandinavian communities in New York and New Jersey. Ms. Hjaltested has performed with orchestras such as Westchester Philharmonic, Icelandic Symphony and Key West Symphony, and is currently on the faculty of the Queens College preparatory division.

Pianist Charles Jones began playing and studying at an early age. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Mr. Jones graduated with a Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, and from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree. He has taught at SummerKeys since 2000, and is also on the faculty of the Henry Street Settlement Music School and the Harlem School of the Arts.

Founder and director of SummerKeys, pianist Bruce Potterton has taught mainly adults at the Henry St. Settlement Music School since 1972, and at the Turtle Bay Music School since 1982. Mr. Potterton was a student of Sasha Gorodnitzski of Juilliard, and has continued to perform in concert throughout his teaching career.

Ms. Hjaltested and Mr. Potterton will play cellist Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini’s (1743-1805)
“Viola Sonata in A major.” Boccherini was born in Italy into a musical family, sent to Rome to study at a young age, and later moved on to Spain, where he was influenced by the native guitar music. His work is famous for its charm and optimism.

Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) learned to play the violin as a child. He was also, in his lifetime, an ethnomusicologist, an educator, a linguist, a philosopher and a good friend to Bela Bartok. His “Adagio” was composed in 1905, the same year that he began a long series of field trips to collect folk songs.

Manuel de Falla’s (1876-1946) “Suite Populaire Espagnole” consists of 6 miniature pieces, originally for voice and piano. De Falla is considered to be one of the most important Spanish composers in the first half of the 20th century.

Ms. Hjaltested and Mr. Jones will play Johannes Brahms’ (1833-1897) “Sonata in F minor,” Op.120, No.1. It was composed in 1894.

This concert will be upstairs in Lubec’s Congregational Christian Church, with intermission refreshments provided by The Laughing Raven Gallery. Concerts are free, but piano-tuning donations are always welcome. For more information, visit summerkeys.com.

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