ELLSWORTH — The newly launched Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) has begun accepting students for instruction this month at the Bryant E. Moore Community Center. To help spread the word, the center will present a series of free noon concerts by professional musicians over the next six months.
The free concerts will debut with a performance by Ceolta Cello Duo on Thursday, Jan. 22, from noon to 1 p.m.
Noreen Silver and Marisa Solomon, friends and colleagues in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, formed the Ceolta Cello Duo in 2012 in response to requests for musical fundraisers. Both are accomplished cellists with a repertoire that embraces a variety of musical styles, from baroque and classical to Scottish folk music and ragtime. Both Silver and Solomon are members of the adjunct faculty at the University of Maine in Orono and will be among the faculty members working with students at ECMI.
The series is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Aimed at members of the community, including people with young children and homeschooling families, the concerts will expose listeners to music spanning the historical styles of several centuries and help make the public aware of what ECMI has to offer to its students.
Additional free concerts will feature a range of musicians, many of whom will be teaching at ECMI. Those concerts are scheduled for Feb. 11, March 12, April 16, May 14 and June 11, all of them in the theater at the Moore Community Center.