January 8, 2020

Association to give away two tickets per concert (Ellsworth)

To draw a wider audience, the Blue Hill Concert Association will offer a pair of complimentary tickets to each of its four concerts kicking off with the Hermitage Piano Trio at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.

As part of its community outreach, the association will give away two free tickets for each of the winter season’s concerts through 11 area libraries. They will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. The tickets are not concert specific and can be used at any concert during the season.

The tickets will be made available two to four weeks before each concert … [Read More]

January 3, 2020

Hermitage Piano TrioThe Hermitage Piano Trio Comes to Blue Hill
The Blue Hill Concert Association is excited to kick off their 2020 winter season on Sunday, January 19, 2020 with the Hermitage Piano Trio. Descending from the Great Russian musical tradition, the Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretive range, and sumptuous sound. The three superlative musicians are Misha Keylin – violin, Sergey Anontov – cello, and Ilya Kazantsev – piano, all noted soloists in their own right.

The Washington Post hailed the Hermitage Piano Trio saying: “three of Russia’s most spectacular young soloists turned in a tremendous performance of such power and sweeping passion that it left you nearly out of breath.” And The Strad praised their 2019 debut CD release of Rachmaninoff Trios, as “outstanding playing in intense, heartfelt performances.”

The Trio will be performing works by Clara Schumann, Joaquin Turina, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Gaspar Cassado and Schubert’s Notturno.

The January 19th concert will take place in The First Congregational Church of Blue Hill which is well known for outstanding acoustics and warmth. At intermission the featured artist will be Amy Bernhardt, an abstract artist from Deer Isle who paints in oils, oil pastels and watercolor. The featured institution will be the iconic Art Deco Grand Theater in Ellsworth.

In keeping with the Blue Hill Concert Association’s commitment to education, the Hermitage Piano Trio will be putting on an educational outreach at the Bagaduce Music Performance Hall for students the day after the concert.

Tickets for the concert are $30, available on line or at the door. Free admission for young people 21 and under. For more information visit or phone (207) 367-2918.

November 21, 2019

Blue Hill Concert Assoc. announces 2020 season, $3,000 grant (Penobscot Bay Press)

The Blue Hill Concert Association recently announced the lineup for its 42nd winter season.

The concerts will begin on Sunday, January 19, at 3 p.m. in the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill with The Hermitage Trio. Descending from the Great Russian musical tradition, the Hermitage Piano Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound, according to a news release. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, the trio will begin the program with Clara Schumann’s piano trio Op. 17, followed by works of Turina, Rachmaninoff, Schubert and Gaspar Cassado.

On February 9, the Akropolis Reed Quintet will bring new sounds to the Congregational Church, featuring their blend of woodwind tones and interesting programing. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, they are the first ever ensemble of its kind to win seven national prizes, including a Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014 … [Read More]

November 19, 2019

Hear This! (The Ellsworth American)

The Hermitage Piano Trio, whose members’ superb playing reflects Russia’s great music tradition, will open the Blue Hill Concert Association’s 2020 season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.

To broaden its reach, the association applied for and won a $3,000 grant from the Auburn-based Onion Foundation to improve its content, website and other publicity materials.

Over the years, the concert series has received ongoing support for its cultural and educational programming from Tradewinds Marketplace, the Lawrence Family, the Maurice Amado Foundation and support from Stanley Subaru for advertising.

Kicking off the association’s 42nd winter season, the Hermitage Trio includes cellist Sergey Antonov, whose mentor, the great Mstislav Rostropovic, called him “brilliant,” pianist Ilya Kazantsev, described as “virtually flawless,” and violinist Misha Keylin, whose Naxos CD series of the seven Henri Vieuxtemps violin concertos and showpieces has won much praise … [Read More]