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Originally published in Compass, June 14, 2012
Opera House series to feature Rob Kapilow, Thomas Wolf

PS, I Love Music, a talk show and performance series hosted by Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Paul Sullivan, launches its second season at the Stonington Opera House Sunday, June 17.

The series is a radio-style program, designed for future broadcast and recorded before a live audience, spotlighting Sullivan’s personal network of musicians and composers and giving audiences a look at the world of music, from outstanding young Maine musicians to nationally renowned artists.

The season’s premiere, hosted by Sullivan and featuring conversations and performances with his friends and special musical guests composer, conductor, and NPR host Rob Kapilow, flutist and founder of Bay Chamber Concerts Thomas Wolf and student vocalist Stephanie Colavito, will be presented Sunday, June 17 at 7 pm. The second show, featuring a new slate of special guests, is scheduled for

September 29.

“The concept is to take the audience backstage to the ‘green room’ of a concert hall, where the musicians are hanging out, maybe jamming a bit, or just talking about the things musicians talk about with each other,” Sullivan said in a press release. “Musicians are often quite unpredictable, passionate, and funny. I expect our conversations will be quite an adventure.”

Kapilow’s newest composition, a community commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, premiered last week on that anniversary date, May 27. For almost 20 years, Kapilow has brought the joy and wonder of classical music–and unraveled some of its mysteries–to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Thomas Wolf has had a distinguished career as musician, educator, consultant, author, and administrator. A member of a distinguished Russian family of musicians, he began concertizing at 13 and soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 16. He spent 16 seasons as the principal flutist and company manager of his Uncle Boris Goldovsky’s touring opera company. The founder of Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, he will retire this year as its artistic director after 51 years.

For each edition of PS, I Love Music, Sullivan seeks out some of Maine’s best young talent. Stephanie Colavito is a vocal student at John Bapst High School in Bangor.

Tickets can be purchased online at or through the Opera House Arts’ box office, 367-2788.