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Originally published in Compass, June 27, 2013
Annual Gotwals Concert planned in Deer Isle

Anatole Wieck and Kevin Birch will be guest artists at the Deer I

From left, Anatole Wieck and Kevin Birch will be guest artists at the 12th annual Gotwals Concert at the Deer Isle/Sunset Congregational Church, Route 15, Deer Isle, on Sunday, July 14, at 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle/Sunset Congregational Church

Kevin Birch, organ, and Anatole Wieck, violin, will be guest artists at the 12th annual Gotwals Concert at the Deer Isle/Sunset Congregational Church, Route 15, Deer Isle, on Sunday, July 14, at 7 p.m., according to a news release. Birch will perform on the church’s historic 1881 Carl Barckhoff organ. The program will feature selections from Joseph Rheinberger’s “Six Pieces for Violin and Organ” and works for solo organ by Johann Sebastian Bach and Dudley Buck.

Birch is Director of Music at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor where he heads the St. John’s Organ Society. He is a member of the music faculty at the University of Maine’s School of the Performing Arts in Orono. An internationally known concert artist, he has performed in recent years at the International Organ Festivals in Berlin, the 2010 International Artist Series at Boston’s Old West Church and programs for several national conventions of the Organ Historical Society.

Wieck plays baroque viola, viola d’amore, and baroque violin. Since 1986 he has taught at the University of Maine and conducted the University of Maine Orchestra. He is a member of the Ad Libitum Ensemble that specializes in Baroque music and of the Baroque Orchestra of Maine (BOOM). He has performed and conducted in Europe, North and South America. In 2010 he co-founded the Chamber Music Institute, which welcomes young chamber music students each summer from around the world.

The concert, free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception. The Gotwals Concerts are made possible by the Vernon and Carol Gotwals Music Fund.