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Originally published in Compass, May 22, 2014
Retiring professor, colleagues to perform in Blue Hill

Retiring University of Maine music professor Ludlow Hallman and three colleagues will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.

Soprano Karen Pendleton, mezzo-soprano Marcia Gronewold Sly and tenor Francis John Vogt will join Hallman, a baritone, for a program of music by Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart and Verdi. Pianist Clayton W. Smith will accompany the ensemble for selections from opera, oratorio and chamber music, featuring various combinations of voices.

The program’s centerpiece will be Robert Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel, a lively group of 10 songs set to adaptations of Spanish poems compiled by Emanuel Geibel. In celebration of Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th year of birth, the ensemble will perform duets and quartets from Messa da Requiem, Don Carlo and Rigoletto.

All four singers are longtime favorite performers in the Blue Hill area. Hallman recently sang a recital of Schumann Lieder in Blue Hill. Pendleton has been heard in the Vanderkay Summer Music Series and with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Bagaduce Chorale. Gronewold Sly is founder of Blue Hill Bach and has been heard in the Vanderkay series and other concerts. Vogt, a regular performer with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, has been heard with Blue Hill Bach and the Bagaduce Chorale.

Proceeds of the concert will benefit the First Congregational Church’s organ and piano maintenance fund. For information, phone 374-2891 or email