SEARSMONT — Composer Robert Sirota presents the inaugural season of Muzzy Ridge Concerts, a new chamber music series, with performances on Sundays, Aug. 15 and 22, at 3 p.m.

“Since 1986, we have owned a home on ten acres in Searsmont, on the east side of Muzzy Ridge,” Sirota said. “It is here that I have composed many works over the past 35 years. Ten years ago we built a studio onto our house and it is the perfect intimate venue for chamber music. You are invited to join us for two special events inaugurating Muzzy Ridge Concerts. We hope these two Sunday afternoons in August will be the start of annual celebrations of chamber music in this place we love.”

The Aug. 15 concert features Duo Coquelicot. Its two artists, Grammy-nominated flutist Carol Wincenc and Boston-based Parisian cellist Velléda Miragias, will be joined by Sirota at the piano in a wide-ranging program that includes the music of J.S. Bach, Haydn, Fauré, Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Villa-Lobos. The 60-minute no-intermission concert will also feature a new work by Meira Warschauer and Sirota’s 2016 piece, “Broken Places.”

The second hour-long concert, on Aug. 22, will present violinist Laurie Carney, a founding member of the American String Quartet, and pianist David Friend. They will perform Messiaen’s “Thème et Variations,” Prokoviev’s “Five Melodies (Opus 35),” Kodàly’s “Adagio” and Sirota’s “Summermusic” (2000).

Tickets for each concert are $20 each, with additional limited outdoor seating at $10 (or become a Concert Series Charter member for $100, including tickets for both concerts). Tickets can be purchased online at Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended as seating for each concert is limited.

Composer of symphonic, choral, stage and chamber music, Robert Sirota, 72, has developed a distinctive voice over five decades. His works have been performed by orchestras across the United States and Europe, and by ensembles including yMusic and Alarm Will Sound, and the Chiara, American and Blair String Quartets. His works have been performed at the Tanglewood, Aspen and Yellow Barn music festivals, and here in Maine at Bowdoin’s Gamper and International Music Festivals. He has received commissions for works by Carol Wincenc and the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival and has arranged music for Paul Simon.

Sirota studied at Juilliard, Oberlin and Harvard. He is a Guggenheim and Watson Foundation Fellow, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, among others. His music has been recorded on seven labels. He was Chairman of New York University Department of Music and Performing Arts, and Director of Boston University School of Music.

Robert lives in Searsmont with his wife Victoria Sirota, an Episcopal priest and organist. They collaborate on new works, often with Victoria as librettist and performer, and with their children Jonah and Nadia Sirota, both world-class violists.

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