Mark Smith, left, and Andrew Mark. Submitted photo

Denmark Arts Center’s final Chamber Series performance will feature Mark Smith and Andrew Mark. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at the center, 50 West Main St. in Denmark.

The Smith-Mark Viola/Cello Duo will perform a recital of musical gems from the timeless essence of Bach to the impassioned tango. A suite of short pieces by Ukranian composer Reinhold Gliere will act as a centerpiece of the program honoring the bravery of all those who have fought to protect their homes and families.

Mark is an active member of Boston’s classical music community. He has performed and recorded with such groups as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra since 1989. In 2018 he became the cellist of the Portland String Quartet which was presented Chamber Music America’s Acclaim Award in recognition of outstanding service and cultural contributions to the community throughout its fifty-year history.

Mark Smith, a native of Michigan, has been teaching strings and performing for over 40 years. As an educator, Smith has strong ties to the state of Maine as he was the assistant principal violist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra from 1986-91 and has taught at the New England Suzuki Institute (NESI) since 2009.

Smith and Mark first met in graduate school at New England Conservatory, where they were members of the Honors String Quartet. This year they celebrate over 36 years together and they have two sons adopted from Cambodia. They divide their time between Massachusetts and Maine, where they have a house on Great East Lake.

For more information, call 207-452-2412 or visit denmarkarts.org.

 

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