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 36 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.
Thirteen 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.
Muzzy Ridge Concerts - 2023 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: $25
Outdoor seating: $15 (Please bring your own chair to sit outdoors)
Muzzy Ridge Concerts is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Muzzy Ridge Concerts must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Holiday Reception Fundraiser and Preview
Friday, December 16, 2022 at 5-6:30pm
Please join the Sirotas at their Searsmont home studio for a Holiday Reception Fundraiser and Preview announcing the third season of Muzzy Ridge Concerts.
There will be hors d’oeuvres, holiday beverages, and a musical offering by Bob and Vicki Sirota.
Donation: $50 minimum per person (address will be supplied to attendees)
Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 3pm
Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 3pm
The Fischer Duo
Norman Fischer, cello
Jeanne Kierman Fischer, piano
William Grant Still: Mother and Child
Robert Sirota: Family Portraits
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in A Major, Op.69
Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 3pm
Sunday, August 27, 2023 at 3pm
The Neave Trio
Anna Williams, violin
Mikhail Veselov, cello
Eri Nakamura, piano
Lili Boulanger: Deux pièces en trio
Gabriela Lena Frank: Four Folk Songs
Ethel Smyth: Piano Trio in D Minor
About the Artists
The Fischer Duo
The Fischer Duo has performed on five continents in its over-50-year history. Founded in 1971 while students at Oberlin College, the Duo has developed a wide-ranging repertoire covering the “canon” plus many forgotten or unknown works of the past. In addition, the Fischers have been very active with music of our own time, commissioning over 30 works and recording even more. The Duo’s extensive discography includes 18 albums from Beethoven, Brahms, 20th Century French Masters, Chopin and Liszt to generations of American composers similar to this recording’s compendium. These recordings have garnered rave reviews from The Strad, Gramophone, Strings Magazine, and BBC Music Magazine.
The Duo has taught at Dartmouth College, Oberlin College, and since 1992 at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Their extensive residencies include Singapore, China, and Germany, as well as two tours as Artistic Ambassadors for the USIA to South America and South Africa.
GRAMMY-award winning cellist Norman Fischer has performed internationally in capacities both as soloist and chamber musician. His New York debut of the six Bach Suites in one evening was described by The New York Times as “inspiring.” He was cellist with the Naumburg Award-winning Concord String Quartet through its 16-year career playing over 1000 concerts, 50 premieres, and 40 recorded works. He has been a guest with many of the finest string quartets, and a juror at Banff, Borciani, Naumburg, and Fischoff competitions. Since 1985 he has been on the faculty at the Tanglewood Music Center where he is Head of Chamber Music and holds the Culpepper Foundation Master Teacher Chair.
Jeanne Kierman Fischer is a graduate of Oberlin, New England Conservatory, and the Dalcroze School (License) where her principal teachers were Miles Mauney, Victor Rosenbaum, and Menachem Pressler. She has appeared with Da Camera of Houston, Mohawk Trail, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Skaneatelas, and Tanglewood. She has trained generations of young pianists in the collaborative arts. In the summer she is on the piano faculty at Greenwood Music Camp.
For more information, visit www.fischerduo.com.
The Neave Trio
Since forming in 2010, Neave Trio has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. WQXR explains, "'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant', both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making." The Boston Musical Intelligencer included Neave in its "Best of 2014" and “Best of 2016” roundups, claiming, “their unanimity, communication, variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier.”
Neave Trio strives to champion new works by living composers and reach wider audiences through innovative concert presentations, regularly collaborating with artists of all mediums. These collaborations include D-Cell: an Exhibition & Durational Performance, conceived and directed by multi-disciplinary visual artist David Michalek; as well as performances with the Blythe Barton Dance Company; with dance collective BodySonnet; with projection designer Ryan Brady; in Klee Musings by acclaimed American composer Augusta Read Thomas, which was premiered by Neave; in the premiere of Eric Nathan’s Missing Words V, sponsored by Coretet; and in a music video by filmmaker Amanda Alvarez Díaz of Astor Piazzolla’s “Otoño Porteño,” among many others. During the 2023-24 season, the Neave Trio will collaborate with Pigeonwing Dance, composer Robert Sirota, and choreographer Gabrielle Lamb, to perform Rising, a brand new evening-length work.
Neave Trio's latest album, Musical Remembrances, released in April 2022 on Chandos Records, is currently nominated for a GRAMMY Award. Musical Remembrances features Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque No. 1, Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8, and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 67, and is the Neave Trio’s fourth album with Chandos Records. It follows Her Voice (2019), an album highlighting the music of distinguished women composers Louise Farrenc, Amy Beach, and Rebecca Clark; French Moments (2018), which includes the only known piano trios by Debussy, Fauré, and Roussel; and Neave’s Chandos debut, American Moments (2016), featuring works by Korngold, Foote, and Bernstein. In 2018, Neave Trio also released its critically acclaimed album, Celebrating Piazzolla (Azica Records, 2018), featuring mezzo-soprano Carla Jablonski.
For more information, visit www.neavetrio.com.