Upcoming Music Performances

Sean Fleming  

Date City Venue Country
08/09/19 Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor United States
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (207) 633-3913. Address: 125 Townsend Ave Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1844. Venue phone: 207-633-4757. The Lincoln Festival Chorus, under the direction of Linda Blanchard, and accompanied by organist Sean Fleming and a professional orchestra, will present the Mozart Requiem, at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor on Friday, August 9 and Sunday, August 11. Both concerts will be at 7:30 PM. In July 1791 a mysterious tall stranger in a three-cornered hat and gray cloak arrived at Mozart’s apartment in Vienna. The stranger handed Mozart a letter asking if he would be interested in writing a requiem mass. Would Mozart be kind enough send his reply to a certain address? After consulting with his wife, Constanze, Mozart accepted the commission, quoted a price, but said that he could not promise a date for delivery because Mozart had been in poor health and not able to work a great deal. Some days later, the stranger reappeared bearing a bag of money for the composer. He said that Mozart’s price had been so reasonable that his employer had promised a hefty bonus, and that he should complete the work as quickly as possible. Mozart had several other commissioned compositions to complete before he began full-time work on the Requiem. After Mozart completed his final opera, The Magic Flute, he was free to work on the Requiem in ernest. As he worked more and more on it, he became very attached to the piece, and he worked feverishly on it, several times fainting over his work. Mozart was able to complete the Requiem and Kyrie movements, and managed to sketch the voice parts and bass lines for the Dies irae through to the Hostias. After gathering a choir of his closest friends to sing what was completed of the piece on 4 December 1791, he died the next day. Fearing the loss of the commission if the Requiem was not completed, Constanze hired Franz Süssmayr to complete the work. Süssmayr finished the work based on sketches left behind. The Mozart Requiem has been performed many times over the centuries, but it still has the power to move the hearer. Of Mozart, Joseph Haydn wrote to Mozart’s father, “Before God and as an honest man I tell you that your son is the greatest composer known to me either in person or by name; he has taste, and, furthermore, the most profound knowledge of composition.” Richard Wagner said, “The most tremendous genius raised Mozart above all masters, in all centuries and in all the arts.” Tchaikovsky wrote, “Mozart is the highest, the culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music.” Related post. More information
08/11/19 Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor United States
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (207) 633-3913. Address: 125 Townsend Ave Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1844. Venue phone: 207-633-4757. The Lincoln Festival Chorus, under the direction of Linda Blanchard, and accompanied by organist Sean Fleming and a professional orchestra, will present the Mozart Requiem, at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor on Friday, August 9 and Sunday, August 11. Both concerts will be at 7:30 PM. In July 1791 a mysterious tall stranger in a three-cornered hat and gray cloak arrived at Mozart’s apartment in Vienna. The stranger handed Mozart a letter asking if he would be interested in writing a requiem mass. Would Mozart be kind enough send his reply to a certain address? After consulting with his wife, Constanze, Mozart accepted the commission, quoted a price, but said that he could not promise a date for delivery because Mozart had been in poor health and not able to work a great deal. Some days later, the stranger reappeared bearing a bag of money for the composer. He said that Mozart’s price had been so reasonable that his employer had promised a hefty bonus, and that he should complete the work as quickly as possible. Mozart had several other commissioned compositions to complete before he began full-time work on the Requiem. After Mozart completed his final opera, The Magic Flute, he was free to work on the Requiem in ernest. As he worked more and more on it, he became very attached to the piece, and he worked feverishly on it, several times fainting over his work. Mozart was able to complete the Requiem and Kyrie movements, and managed to sketch the voice parts and bass lines for the Dies irae through to the Hostias. After gathering a choir of his closest friends to sing what was completed of the piece on 4 December 1791, he died the next day. Fearing the loss of the commission if the Requiem was not completed, Constanze hired Franz Süssmayr to complete the work. Süssmayr finished the work based on sketches left behind. The Mozart Requiem has been performed many times over the centuries, but it still has the power to move the hearer. Of Mozart, Joseph Haydn wrote to Mozart’s father, “Before God and as an honest man I tell you that your son is the greatest composer known to me either in person or by name; he has taste, and, furthermore, the most profound knowledge of composition.” Richard Wagner said, “The most tremendous genius raised Mozart above all masters, in all centuries and in all the arts.” Tchaikovsky wrote, “Mozart is the highest, the culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music.” Related post. More information
09/08/19 Searsport, Maine Searsport First Congregational Church United States
Time: 3:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 8 Church St, Searsport, ME 04974. Venue phone: 207-548-0327. Sean Fleming and his Ragtime Orchestra Perform Classic Ragtime Join Sean Fleming and his 8-piece Dam’ Rag Scottas Orchestra as they perform classic Ragtime from the early 20th century on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 3:00pm. Pieces by Confrey, Hayden, Joplin, Lamb, Morton, Scott, and Shepherd will be featured. The concert will feature several works from the “Red Back Book”, a collection of Ragtime arrangements published in the early 1900’s. Upbeat favorites such as Joplin’s “The Entertainer”, “Maple Leaf Rag”, and “The Easy Winners” will be mixed with slower pieces such as Lamb’s “Ragtime Nightingale” and Joplin’s “Solace”. The piano solo “Jelly Roll Blues”, an early jazz piece, will be played, as well as the novelty piano piece “Dizzy Fingers”, which is played as fast as the title would indicate. This concert is sure to be a favorite for people of all ages! Come and help usher in the start of the fall season in the beautiful First Congregational Church of Searsport, nestled in the heart of Searsport just off of Rt. 1. Related post.
12/13/19 Newcastle Second Congregational Church United States
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 51 Main Street, Newcastle, Maine 04553. Venue phone: (207) 563-3379. St. Cecilia Chamber Choir will present its annual Lessons and Carols Christmas concerts on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle, and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4:00 p.m. at the Bowdoin College Chapel. Linda Blanchard is St. Cecilia’s artistic director and conductor, assisted by organist and pianist Sean Fleming. For more than 20 years, St. Cecilia Chamber Choir has been providing challenging musical opportunities and music scholarships for gifted local youth. Since the Choir’s inception, over 25 gifted young students have sung with us, many continuing to study and perform music in college and beyond. Advance tickets or reservations are strongly encouraged for this popular event. For more information, visit the St. Cecilia website or call 207-380-2768. Related post. Ticket information
12/14/19 Brunswick Bowdoin College Chapel United States
Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 5000 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011. Venue phone: (207) 798-4141. St. Cecilia Chamber Choir will present its annual Lessons and Carols Christmas concerts on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle, and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4:00 p.m. at the Bowdoin College Chapel. Linda Blanchard is St. Cecilia’s artistic director and conductor, assisted by organist and pianist Sean Fleming. For more than 20 years, St. Cecilia Chamber Choir has been providing challenging musical opportunities and music scholarships for gifted local youth. Since the Choir’s inception, over 25 gifted young students have sung with us, many continuing to study and perform music in college and beyond. Advance tickets or reservations are strongly encouraged for this popular event. For more information, visit the St. Cecilia website or call 207-380-2768. Related post. Ticket information

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