The Sunday Afternoons at the EAC series, a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center, will feature the popular annual Harpsichord Hour with Gregory Biss on February 18. This year’s program will include Bach’s Partita in Bflat, a spiky contemporary piece by Muczynski and some shorter works from the 16th and 17 centuries. In addition, Biss will speak about the EAC’s harpsichord, an 18th century style, single-manual instrument, built by Eric Herz in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1964.
Biss was born in Illinois and educated in New England and Germany. He studied piano with Lionel Nowak and Nadia Reisenberg and composition with Leon Kirchner and Karlheinz Stockhausen. His music has been performed by the Denver Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Vermeer Quartet. He has been a longtime member of the piano faculty at Summer Keys in Lubec, and operates a small business as a piano technician. He also serves on the Peavey Library Board and for many years was an Eastport City Councilor. Currently the President of the EAC Board, Greg has contributed to the center in various ways, among them as founding conductor of Eastport Strings and as the Music Director of the inaugural performance at EAC’s current home on Washington Street: Benjamin Britten’s opera, Noah’s Fludde. In 2016, his composition just a sec for violin and orchestra was premiered by the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Biss has been working on piano compositions which are being choreographed by dancers.
An offshoot of EAC’s summer Concert Series, the Sunday series began in 2009 and has been going strong with diverse programs offered in a casual and cozy atmosphere downstairs at the EAC. The programs are free and open to the public, and take place each Sunday (except Easter Sunday) at 3 pm. Hot drinks and refreshments are offered; donations are accepted. For more information, please visit www.eastportartscenter.org or call (207) 853-4650. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible