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Opera House Arts’ (OHA) is thrilled to present violist Matt Dane, pianist Anastasia Antonacos, and their Glimpses Beyond concert on Tuesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at the Burnt Cove Church. The evening will celebrate the summer solstice with musical pieces of transcendence. Audiences will experience how J.S. Bach, Ernest Bloch, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Jules Massanet envisioned the afterlife – a journey for which Dane’s viola is the perfect vehicle.
“Matthew Dane has appeared at the Opera House in numerous innovative incarnations since OHA reopened the theater in 2000,” said Linda Nelson, founding Director. “He never fails to amaze with his nationally-acclaimed, innovative selections and performances.”
MATT DANE serves as Principal Violist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston and Associate Principal for Arizona MusicFest. Dane has appeared as soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, ROCO, and the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir among others; his chamber performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today and BBC’s Channel 3. A committed teacher, Dane has served on the faculties of the University of Colorado, Metro State College of Denver, and was tenured at the University of Oklahoma; he now actively maintains a private studio in Boulder. His parents are year-round residents of Little Deer Isle, and Dane and his wife, flautist Christina, have repeatedly stunned Maine audiences with their innovative virtuosity.
ANASTASIA ANTONACOS has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has played at venues such as Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory, and Alice Tully Hall. She has also played in Greece, Russia, France, and Belgium, as well as various places in the U.S. Dr. Antonacos won First Place at the International Young Artist Music Competition in Bulgaria, and holds prizes from the Capdepra International Piano Competition in Mallorca and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. She lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, where she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of Portland by the Phoenix.
This year’s Chamber at the Church series is expanded to nine Tuesday evening concerts and includes an eclectic array of musicians and programs. In addition to Dane and Antonacos, upcoming performances include: The DaPonte String Quartet plus guest artists in a new Midsummer Night Sextet, July 14; pianist Ralitza Patcheva in “A Room with a Symphony,” July 21; Carolyn Surrick’s Between War and Here, July 28; Vasily Popov, cello, and Eric Ulreich, electric guitar, August 11; The Woo Downeast with Heidi Powell, August 18; Anastasia Antonacos Trio, August 25; and French Horn Alive with Peter Atkinson September 8.
Subscriptions to the full series, a $194 value, are available online at http://www.operahousearts.org/opera-house-arts/get-your-chamber-in-the-church-subscription-here/ for only $165. Subscribers receive discounts, guaranteed seating, and the chance to meet some of the artists. Those looking for a more flexible series can choose an abbreviated subscription of four out of the nine concerts for $75.
Individual tickets for events at the Burnt Cove Church can also be purchased online, as well at the Opera House box office or at the door of the church at the time of the show. Shows do sell out and advance tickets are recommended. The Burnt Cove Church is fully accessible and located at 17 Airport Road in Stonington, just off of Route 15A behind Burnt Cove Market. Parking and facilities are limited; please watch for and follow the directions of parking attendants.
Opera House Arts (OHA) is celebrating its 16th season offering year round events at the historic Stonington Opera House, including Shakespeare in Stonington, a site-specific performance of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, the exciting return of contemporary dance-video artists Bridgman|Packer, a free movie night on the fish pier, and more. OHA’s season is supported in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, as well as generous grants from the Davis Family Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. For the full schedule and to purchase advance tickets, please visit www.operahousearts.org or call 207-367-2788.