Blue Hill Concert Association 2024 Season

1/14/2024 - 3/17/2024    
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1st Congregational Church
22 Tenney Hill, Blue Hill, Maine, 04614

The Blue Hill Concert Association is proud to announce the exciting lineup for its annual winter season.
The 2024 Season will begin on January 14, with the Parker Quartet returning to the Peninsula for the first time since 2018. Making up the Parker Quartet are artists Daniel Chong and Ken Hamao, violins, Jessica Bodner, viola, and Kee-Hyun Kim, cello. These exceptional musicians are professors and Artists in Residence at the Harvard School of Music. In 2020, the Parker Quartet celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special Beethoven Project, “which include[d] performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets … and bringing Beethoven’s music to non-traditional venues around … Boston, including homeless shelters and youth programs.” As always, the concert will take place at the Congregational Church in Blue Hill beginning sharply at 3pm.
On February 4, 2024, at 4:00pm BHCA will present a unique musical performance by Min Xiao Fen and Rez Abassi which will include the screening of the classic 1934 silent film “The Goddess” accompanied by an original score by Min Xiao Fen entitled “White Lotus.”
Min Xiao Fen has been described by NPR as “one of the world’s greatest virtuosos.” Min plays the pipa, a four-stringed Chinese lute, as well as a sanxian (three stringed lute), ruan (another plucked Chinese instrument), and guqin (a seven-stringed instrument). Min will be joined by Pakistani guitarist, Rez Abassi, considered one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players. Please note that due to the inclusion of the film “The Goddess,” this program and this program only will start one hour later at 4pm.
On February 18, 2024, the Lysander Piano Trio, whose name is inspired by the character in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” will perform for the first time on the Penisula. The trio of Itamar Zorman, violin, Michael Katz, cello, and Liza Stepanova, piano, have been together for over ten years. The trio has been applauded by The Strad for its “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and a wide palette …” The Lysander Piano Trio has performed at venues throughout the United States, including the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Da Camera Society, San Francisco’s Music at Kohl Mansion, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
On March 17, 2024, the twice GRAMMY nominated quintet Imani Winds will perform. Imani Winds’ album “Passion for Bach and Coltrane” by Jeff Scott has recently been nominated for a GRAMMY award. Imani Winds, whose members include flutist Brandon Patrick George, oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz, French horn player Kevin Newton, clarinetist Mark Dover, and bassoonist Monica Ellis, has led a revolution and evolution of the wind quintet through dynamic playing, adventurous programming, and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Celebrating over a quarter century of music making, Imani Winds has performed in almost every major chamber music series, performing arts center, and summer festival in the U.S. They regularly perform in venues like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center. Imani Winds also curates residencies that include performances, workshops, and masterclasses for students at institutions such as University of Chicago, Eastman School of Music and Duke University.

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