Music kicks off Jesup summer reading

BAR HARBOR — Pianist and composer Deborah Fortier will kick off the Jesup Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program on Thursday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m.

The theme this year is “Libraries Rock!” Children of all ages are invited to join “Miss Mae” Corrion and a group of musicians, artists and speakers for eight weeks of programs every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Fortier, the associate director of the Bar Harbor Music Festival, will perform “The Beat Goes On,” which will feature music on the piano especially for little ones. This concert also is part of the music festival’s Young Audience Concert Series.

Fortier has been performing and teaching piano in the northeast for 45 years. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Applied Arts in Florence, Italy. Her teachers include Maria Clodes, Orazio Frugoni and Zelma Bodzin. She has a private piano studio in New York City and also teaches at Saint David’s School.

The other events in the summer reading program are Rock and Roll with Shari’s Dancers on June 28; Music, Stories and Crafts with “Miss Mae” on July 5; “Music Makers” Songs and Stories with Jennifer Armstrong on July 12; Hansel & Gretel Opera with the Bar Harbor Music Festival on July 19; “Geology of Maine and Beyond” with Tony Sohns on July 26; “The What and Why of Acadia National Park’s Cairns” on Aug. 2; and “Paint Like a Rock Star!” on Aug. 9.

All these programs are co-sponsored by Bar Harbor Savings & Loan. Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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