Muzzy Ridge Concerts

Since 1986, we have owned a home on a 10–acre property in the town of Searsmont in central coastal Maine: a landscape of small farms, low-bush blueberry fields, and woodlots inhabited by deer, wild turkeys, numerous species of birds, and the occasional moose, black bear, and coyote.

Our home sits on a gently sloping parcel on the eastern side of Muzzy Ridge. From the house we have a beautiful view eastward to Levenseller Mountain, part of the group of small mountains that includes the Camden Hills.

It is in this setting that I have composed many works in the past 35 years. Our publishing enterprise, Muzzy Ridge Music, is named for this place. The logo of Muzzy Ridge Music is based upon my rendering of Levenseller Mountain as seen from Muzzy Ridge.

Twelve years ago, we built an 800-square-foot studio onto our house: the perfect intimate venue for chamber music. You are invited to join us for the second season of Muzzy Ridge Concerts, as we celebrate chamber music in this space we love. 

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Muzzy Ridge Concerts - 2022 Season

Concerts are approximately 60 minutes, without intermission. Indoor seating is limited to 40 patrons, with additional outdoor seating on the covered patio for another 15. Attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Additional health precautions may be announced, dependent on the local conditions at the time of the performances. Concerts take place at Robert Sirota's studio in Searsmont, Maine. The address and directions will be supplied to ticket buyers.

Indoor seating: $20
Outdoor seating: $10 (Please bring your own chair to sit outdoors)

Become a charter member of Muzzy Ridge Concerts: $100 
As a charter member, you will receive:
Admission to both concerts
CDs of performances by featured artists
Periodic updates throughout the year on the activities of Muzzy Ridge Music

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Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 7pm

Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 3pm

Nadia Sirota & Nico Muhly

 

Nadia Sirota and Nico Muhly will perform a program of viola and piano music by Muhly.

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Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 7pm

Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 3pm

Regina Brady, Jonah Sirota, & Victoria Sirota

 

Oboist Regina Brady, violist Jonah Sirota and pianist Victoria Sirota will perform music by J.S. Bach, August Klughardt, and Jonah Sirota.

About the Artists

Nadia Sirota, viola

Violist Nadia Sirota’s career spans solo performances, chamber music, producing, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. As a soloist, Nadia has performed with acclaimed orchestras around the world, and released four albums of commissioned music. She is a member of the chamber sextet yMusic, and has lent her signature sound to a dizzying array of projects, appearing on albums and concert stages with artists including The National, David Bowie, Björk, Paul Simon, Ben Folds and Anohni. Nadia received a Peabody Award for her podcast Meet the Composer, which she co-created, co-produced, and hosted. Since 2018, Nadia has served as the New York Philharmonic’s Creative Partner, a position created for her. She also serves as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance. Nadia is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavik’s Greenhouse Studios.

Nico Muhly, piano & composer

Nico Muhly, born in 1981, is an American composer who writes orchestral music, works for the stage, chamber music and sacred music. He’s received commissions from The Metropolitan Opera: Two Boys (2011), and Marnie (2018); Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, Wigmore Hall, the Tallis Scholars, King’s College and St John’s College, Cambridge, among others. He is a collaborative partner at the San Francisco Symphony and has been featured at the Barbican and the Philharmonie de Paris as composer, performer, and curator. An avid collaborator, he has worked with choreographers Benjamin Millepied at the Paris Opéra Ballet, Bobbi Jene Smith at the Juilliard School, Justin Peck and Kyle Abraham at New York City Ballet; artists Sufjan Stevens, The National, Teitur, Anohni, James Blake and Paul Simon. His work for film includes scores for for The Reader (2008) and Kill Your Darlings (2013), and the BBC adaptation of Howards End (2017). Among his concerti are works for violin, (Shrink, for Pekka Kuusisto), organ (Register, for James McVinnie), viola (Nadia Sirota), two pianos (In Certain Circles, for Katia and Marielle Labèque) and his vocal collaborators include Iestyn Davies, Renée Fleming, and Nicholas Phan. He has collaborated with visual artists Maira Kalman and Oliver Beer, and has created site-specific pieces for the National Gallery, London, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and written articles for the Guardian, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books. Recordings of his works have been released by Decca and Nonesuch, and he is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008). 


Regina Brady, oboe

Equally adept on the oboe and English horn, Regina (Gigi) Brady is sought after as a performer on both coasts. Recent performances highlighting her versatility include an appearance with the LA Opera orchestra in collaboration with the Hamburg Ballet, a chamber music performance live to film at the Wende Museum of the Cold War, an English horn solo in an upcoming pop release, and the premiere performance of an Opera NFT at NFT LA. From 2017 to 2020 she was a fellow with The Orchestra Now (TŌN) at Bard College. Gigi has performed chamber music with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, David Breitman, and in a duo with her partner, violist/composer Jonah Sirota. She has been a fellow at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival. She completed a Master’s degree at the Colburn Conservatory of Music following her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she majored in oboe performance and neuroscience. Gigi lives in Los Angeles, where she maintains a private teaching studio. She is also on the faculty of Greenwood Music Camp where she teaches oboe and coaches chamber music.


Jonah Sirota, viola & composer

Composer, producer, and violist Jonah Sirota is a new breed of multi-talented musician. Equally at home scoring and recording music for TV, film, and video games, writing concert music, and performing as a soloist and chamber musician, Jonah creates and recreates vivid music for a wide variety of audiences.  He has performed and/or arranged music for numerous projects including the 2021 Oscar-nominated animated short If Anything Happens I Love You…, the 2021 Sundance film Wild Hearts, and major cinematic releases from Mulan to the Mandalorian. His recent EP Storylander brings his unique string voice to life in cinematic cues made for visual media. His debut solo recording STRONG SAD features premiere recordings of new elegies for the viola by Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Arthur Joseph McCaffrey, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Robert Sirota, Kurt Knecht, and Jonah himself.  Recent concert compositions include Entangled—a flute and viola d’amore duo for Christina Jennings and Matthew Dane, and the string quartet Socially Distant, commissioned by the Hartt School of Music. Jonah was the violist of the recently-disbanded Chiara String Quartet for all of its 18 years. He coaches chamber music at the Colburn School, teaches viola at Cal State University Fullerton and the Greenwood Music Camp, and gives viola and composition masterclasses and residencies across the country. He resides in South Pasadena, CA.

Victoria Sirota, piano

Victoria R. Sirota, Episcopal priest, musician, lecturer and author, holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Boston University and Harvard Divinity School. She has given recitals in the United States and Europe, and has taught at Yale Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, and Boston University. Former National Chaplain for the American Guild of Organists, she is the author of articles, reviews and texts for hymns, cantatas and song cycles. Collaborations with her husband, composer Robert Sirota include Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel, premiered at the Concert for Peace at Saint John the Divine (2015). She is recorded on Northeastern, Gasparo and Albany Records and her book Preaching to the Choir: Claiming the Role of Sacred Musician is available from Church Publishing. Honors include awards and grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, The Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation and Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Prior to her nine years as Canon Pastor and Vicar at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York, she was Vicar of The Church of the Holy Nativity in Baltimore. Retired as Rector of Saint John's Episcopal Church in Getty Square, Yonkers, NY, she is currently Chaplain for the Association of Anglican Musicians and living in Searsmont, Maine.