Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 4, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, July 4, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, July 4, 2019
Opera House arts announces summer concerts
Opera House Arts’ summer concert series begins on Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at the Stonington Opera House when renowned Russian pianist and composer Arsentiy Kharitonov returns to the stage.
Kharitonov started playing piano at an unusually late age of 16, in the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music of the famed St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, where his musical progress was immediate and astounding. Within three years, he was giving solo recitals, which featured his own compositions and improvisations in a variety of musical styles in addition to the standard piano repertoire. His first orchestral appearances include solo performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Theatre Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
A natural performer who appreciates playing great works by various composers, Kharitonov writes his music with an intuitive perception for the player, according to a news release from OHA. Kharitonov’s music attracts audience and performers with its virtuosity, rich harmonic language, and memorable melodies as well as its intensity and astute expression.
Kharitonov holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas in piano performance. He is an active advocate of lesser-known music and the founder of Masterpiece Finder, an organization that researches and highlights music masterpieces of historical and contemporary composers.
This year’s summer concert series comprises eight evening performances including an eclectic lineup of musicians and programs at the Stonington Opera House and the Burnt Cove Church Community Center. In addition to Arsentiy Kharitonov, upcoming performances include: Kafari + Jake Hoffman, July 16; An Evening with Members of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, July 23; Young Artists of Kneisel Hall, July 24; Matt Dane & Annie Antonacos, August 13; Palaver Strings Quartet, August 27; David Mallet, August 31; and Duo YUMENO, September 3.
All tickets for upcoming performances can be purchased online, as well at the Opera House box office, or at the door at the time of the show. Shows do sell out and advance tickets are recommended. Visit operahouseearts.org for a full schedule and to purchase tickets.