Mary Potterton Memorial Concert

Gregory Biss, Pianist to Perform in Lubec Eastport's Mr. Gregory Biss performs his annual Mary Potterton Memorial solo piano concert on Wednesday July 5th in Lubec.  Mr. Biss is a piano technician, teacher, musician, composer and long-time SummerKeys faculty member.  He performs widely in eastern Maine.  His own compositions have been performed by The Denver Symphony Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Vermeer Quartet. The evening's performance will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Biss.  “Prelude and Fugue in B minor (Book 1)” is a Baroque piece by German composer and musician, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750).  His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty and intellectual depth.  While Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, he was not widely recognized until the first half of the 19th century yet is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. “Sonata in D major, Opus 28” was written by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), another of Germany's most famous and influential composers who was a critical figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western music. This piano sonata became known as “Pastoral” or “Pastorale” through a London publishing company.  This piece follows the typical four movement form of the classical sonata.  Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849)  was a Polish composer of the Romantic era.  His “Fantasy in F minor” is a single movement work composed in 1841.  From Chopin's letters it is known that he used the name “Fantasy” to show some sort of freedom from rules and give a romantic expression.  Many consider this his greatest work.  Also to be performed is a composition by Biss himself, entitled “Seven Pieces After Schumann.”   

Home Port Inn and Peacock House will host intermission refreshments.     All concerts are FREE and take place upstairs at 7:30 P.M. at the Congregational Christian Church in Lubec.  Piano tuning donations are gratefully accepted.  FMI call 207-733-2316,  email sksmail@summerkeys.com  or visit   www.summerkeys.com.