Kevin Morse and Mark Tipton will play a free public concert Feb. 11 at the Moore Center in Ellsworth. PHOTO COURTESY OF ECMI

Morse, Tipton to play

ELLSWORTH — Classical guitarist Kevin Morse and trumpeter Mark Tipton will perform Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Moore Center.

This free, professional concert is presented by Ellsworth Community Music Institute, where both performers teach, with sponsorship by Machias Savings Bank. The theme is romance, since the concert is so close to Valentine’s Day. The program will include classical and Spanish solos, duo arrangements for trumpet and guitar, and selections from a list of standards.

Morse studied with legendary English guitarist Stanley Watson, whom he met when he was 13 years old in Rochester, New York. He continues to teach Watson’s methods.

Morse has performed throughout the United States and Europe.  He has been an artist in residence at numerous New England schools and is committed to the exposure and education of young people to the world of Spanish guitar. In 1992 he was the winner of a international competition sponsored by Guitar Player magazine.

Tipton is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and a masters’ in trumpet performance from the Mannes College of Music (NYC). He has studied trumpet with Ryan Anthony, Jack Sutte, Roy Poper, Charley Davis, and Vincent Penzarella. He has performed with such artists as Yves Abel, John Williams, Ray Barretto, Quincy Jones, David Liebman, Bobby McFerrin, and Maria Schneider, and in Maine with the Portland Brass Quintet, PORTopera, Portland Ballet, the Choral Art Society, and the Colby Orchestra.

Tipton leads Les Sorciers Perdus (“The Lost Wizards”), a pan-genre ensemble founded in 2008 that blends jazz, classical, world folk, rock, popular, and experimental music.

As a composer, he has written more than a dozen full-length silent film scores, works for orchestra and chamber ensembles, jazz suites, solo trumpet pieces, a ballet, and performance art installations

He has served as Executive Director of the Portland Conservatory of Music (PCM) and has also taught on the faculties of Bowdoin College, Colby College, PCM, and the USM School of Music. He currently serves as Development Director for the Criterion Theatre.

Contact 664-9258 or [email protected]

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