During the season Surry Arts at the Barn sponsors and has events for the community, the area, and by invitation.
These events are varied in nature such as themed dinners, art auctions of various types, and audience participation performance art.
Every performance features both intermission with refreshments and after show gatherings which are often events in themselves.
This year Surry Arts at the Barn kicks off the 2017 Season on June 4th with a thank you to the community – an Open House followed by a free concert, with Dr. Anatole Wieck, and Christina Spurling.
“This year we wanted to thank the community for its support,” said Alan Wittenberg, SATB artistic director. “There will be refreshments, including some ethnic items, a wonderful concert, and we will be announcing some exciting new programs and changes happening at the Barn.”
Dr. Anatole Wieck teaches violin and viola and conducts the University of Maine Chamber Orchestra. Born in Latvia, Professor Wieck received his early musical training in Riga and Moscow. In 1973 he came to the United States to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City where he earned his Bachelor, Master and Doctor degrees.
His principal teachers in Russia were Yuri Yankelevich and Zinaida Gilels. At Juilliard he studied with Ivan Galamian, Joseph Fuchs, Lillian Fuchs and Paul Doktor, and chamber music with members of the Juilliard String Quartet. After graduating from Juilliard he continued to study with composer-philosopher Iosif Andriasov. An accomplished violinist, violist and conductor, Professor Wieck performed and taught throughout North America, South America and Europe. He is also on the roster of the Maine Touring Artists Program.
Since 1999, Professor Wieck has been the conductor-in-residence at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. He owns an 18th century viola d’amore and performs baroque music regularly following historic performance practices.
A native of Islesford, Maine, Christina Spurling began her career as a classroom music teacher and choir director in Amesbury, Massachusetts, and is now a recent graduate of the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, where she earned a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano performance. As a Longy Presidential Scholar, Christina studied accompanying, chamber music, and opera with Brian Moll, chair of their chamber music and vocal departments. Previous piano teachers include Michael Monroe, Mia Chung, Alina Polyakov, and Ginger Hwalek.
At Longy, Christina also studied chamber music with members of the Horszovski trio, performing Ravel’s piano trio with their violinist, Jesse Mills, and interned with the Radius Ensemble, both ensembles-in-residence there. With a passion for chamber music and community, Christina has facilitated and coached young ensembles under the auspices of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, where she was a board member and the Arthur Russell Strings program on Mount Desert Island, Maine, under the direction of longtime mentor, pianist Nancy Colter. With the violin as her secondary instrument, Christina is particularly drawn to the string repertoire.
During her time in Cambridge, Christina also performed and served as rehearsal pianist under the direction of Greg Smucker and Patricia Weinmann of the Boston Opera Collaborative. A singer herself, Christina has been praised for her attentiveness as a vocal coach and her understanding of the voice in partnership with piano, particularly in modern and 20th century music. Other recent appearances include the Newburyport Candlelight Chorale and the Cape Ann Symphony.
Christina now continues her career as performer, collaborator, entrepreneur, and teacher in the vibrant area of Mount Desert Island where her musical aspirations were first nurtured and where she and her husband recently purchased their first home.
June 4th – The concert will feature violinist Anatole Wieck and pianist Christina Spurling. They will perform “Spring Sonata” by Beethoven as well as a Debussy Sonata and shorter pieces by Piazzola, Gardel, Gershwin and others.
Beginning July 29th art of various types will begin arriving for a Silent Auction on August 12. There are already scores of local and other artists contributing and taking part in the display and auction. Items will begin display on July 30th and the event will continue through August 12th, when the auction will take place.
Below find an example of one of our dinners from last season
Italian Dinner at the Barn:
Sunday September 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Surry Arts at the Barn will be hosting a night of Italy with dinner, music, friends, and more in a rustic setting Sunday August 11th. Dinner will include an appetizer, salad, and dessert for $20 a setting. Please make reservations and payment arrangements with Alan by September 6th. The Barn is located at the corner of Osprey Lane and the Cross Road in Surry.
Italian Dinner at the Barn
Sunday Sept. 11, 2016
Melon & Prosciutto
Cannoli Dip Bites
Rigatoni alla Bagutta,
rigatoni with creamy tomato sauce with sausage.
Fusilli alla Vesuvianna,
pasta twists with tomato and mozzarella.
Bread with Olive Oil
Itailian Trifold, layers of sponge cake with liquor and cheese filling.
Torta di Cioccolato con Lamponi, a decadent chocolate cake with raspberries.