Pianist Donna Coleman will play at the Northeast Harbor Library on Sept. 28. PHOTO COURTESY OF NEH LIBRARY

Pianist Donna Coleman to play



MOUNT DESERT — Pianist Donna Coleman will play at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m.

Coleman will present “The Boston Six Plus Four,” a recital devoted to the music of mostly New England composers, as a special celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Three composers on the program have strong ties to the state of Maine.

In the period commencing in the mid-19th century, the United States produced a group of composers who came to be referred to as “The Boston Six” because of their association with an important American metropolitan center Boston, Mass. Also known as The Second New England School, their compositional style tended to be conservative, grounded initially in the German romantic tradition (Schumann and Brahms) and later demonstrating the influence of French composers such as Debussy, Franck, Fauré and later, Russian composer Skryabin.

The Boston Six composers include John Knowles Paine, George Whitefield Chadwick, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, Horatio William Parker and Amy Marcy Cheney [Beach].

Traces of the legacy of their work and the era suffuse the music of Charles Edward Ives, in tandem with the evolving ragtime tradition that reached its pinnacle in the music of Scott Joplin. Works by Maine-born Frank Churchill and by professor of music at The University of Maine Fort Kent Scott Brickman will complete this sampler of music from the region.

Coleman’s worldwide recognition encompasses award-winning recordings, major prizes in international competitions, concert tours around the globe and invitations from music schools on four continents for teaching and performance residencies.

This concert is free and everyone is welcome.

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