PERRY, Maine — The Perry Congregational Church will host the annual Nash-Wolfe Memorial Concerts at 6:30 p.m.¬† Sunday, August 7, on the Shore Road is visible from U.S. 1 in Perry just a bit north of the Rte. 190 turn-off to Eastport, across the highway from the New Friendly Restaurant. The concerts will honor two past organists at the church, the talented Cynthia Nash-Wolfe and her mother, Marion Nash. Both were fine musicians who freely contributed their talents to the life of the little church in Perry when they were here during summers, and later, in their retirement. These annual summer concerts are intended to encourage the high standards they had set for church music. Cynthia was especially a great lover of Bach and also passionately fond of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ choral compositions. Therefore, the concerts always open and close with two of his most famous anthems, the choir leading the concert-goers in the singing.
This year’s visiting musicians will be two violinists and a pianist, who will play both a harpsichord and the church’s wonderful tracker organ. Featured violinist Jonathan Aceto holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Arizona State University, where he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 1998. He has performed with the Arizona Opera, the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy and Charleston, SC. Beginning in 1999, Mr. Aceto held the Caroline Paul King Professorship of Strings at Mercer University and served as concertmaster of the Macon Symphony. Next he joined the Magellan String Quartet, in Residence at Georgia Southern University, and the Augusta (GA) Symphony as principal violinist. More recently he has also become Director of the Statesboro String Program and Director of the Hilton Head Youth Orchestra, as well as maintaining large private violin studios in Statesboro and Savannah, Georgia. Having grown up in Orono, Jonathan considers his roots to be in Maine, and he looks forward to visiting Roque Bluffs every summer.
The second violinist for the evening, Lynn Brubacker, is well-known to Maine folk, especially in the Machias area, since she maintains a private violin studio in Machiasport and teaches at the Elm Street Elementary School. She has been concertmaster of the Bangor Symphony for many years, now sharing the post with Trond Saeverud. She is also active in chamber music, performing in the Biss/Brubaker Duo, as well as the Bangor Symphony and Nor-Easter String Quartets.
Susan Aceto, Mr. Aceto’s mother, was active throughout New England for many years as a performer and teacher of piano and chamber music, most recently at Williams College in Massachusetts. She holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance and was awarded Master Teacher Certification in 1987 by the Music Teachers National Association. She and her husband, Tom, are retired and summer in Roque Bluffs.
The featured work of the concert will be the “Concerto for Two Violins” by J.S. Bach in which Jonathan Aceto will share the stage with Lynn Brubaker. Mr. Aceto will also be performing two works for solo violin: a “Fantasy” by Telemann and a fascinating “Passacaglia” by the Baroque composer Heinrich von Bieber. Rounding out the program will be the great gypsy showpiece “Czardas” along with works by Chopin and Fritz Kreisler. Also included in the program will be the Shaker song “‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple” and Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus.”
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