Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Paul Sullivan will perform Saturday evening, March 17 at the Rockport Opera House along with master drummer Jordan Benissan; Watershed School’s African drumming ensemble Ashanti Kotoko; violist and composer Nathan Hillman; and fellow string players Teal Vickery, Fiona Boyd and Duncan Hall. The evening will feature new works by Sullivan, Benissan and Hillman.

Sullivan blends classical, jazz and other musical forms in a warm and captivating style. As a soloist; with his trio; and as a member of the Paul Winter Consort, he has played concert tours of the United States and Europe, as well as Israel, Costa Rica, Japan and Russia. Sullivan also has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Pops.

Benissan is a member of the Ewe people and was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. Benissan received his traditional music training from master drummers in West Africa and has made four recordings. He teaches at Colby College and at Watershed School where his ensemble, Ashanti Kotoko, includes Watershed students Nick Miller, Elijah McPhail, Hannah Haendschke, Clio Berta, Alec Paul, Colin Shott, Reid Evans, Nathan Hillman and Fiona Boyd.

Fiddlers Boyd and Vickery; violist and composer Hillman; and cellist Hall are classically trained and familiar to Midcoast music lovers. All are members of the Odeon Chamber Orchestra; and Fiona, Teal and Duncan are members of the Kräftig String Quartet, which has given many performances in the area. Boyd, Vickery and Hillman are students at Watershed School and Hall attends Camden Hills Regional High School.

Refreshments will be for sale during intermission and at a post-concert reception. Tickets for the concert, Watershed School’s fourth annual fundraiser for its scholarship fund, are $20 for adults and $12 for students and children. They can be purchased in advance at the Market Basket, Rockport; Rock City Café, Rockland; Zoot Coffee, Camden; The Green Store, Belfast; and Maine Coast Books and Café, Damariscotta.

For more information, call Watershed School (594-1873) or contact Janet McMahon at Concert proceeds will benefit student scholarships at Watershed, the only college preparatory independent high school in Midcoast Maine. Watershed School opened in 2003 and is based at Rockland’s Lincoln Street Center for Arts & Education. The school attracts students who are seeking a demanding intellectual environment in the context of a small and supportive learning community.

In addition to collaborations with the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland Public Library, the Institute for Global Ethics and Atlantic Challenge, Watershed students participate in the Camden Conference and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations. Scholarships make a Watershed education possible for many talented local students.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to