Ogunquit Performing Arts to Present 21st Annual Kite Festival
OGUNQUIT, Maine – Portland violinist and singer Andy Happel will provide top-notch music on Ogunquit Beach during two concerts for the Capriccio Festival of Kites on Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 3:30 p.m. Happel plans to bring some musician friends to join in the joyous glee, playing selections from his repertoire of exotic tunes and catchy rhythms.
Sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts, Happel will perform as part of the 21st Annual Capriccio Kite Festival, with activities running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children receive free white kites, as well as colored markers and crayons. They can decorate their own kites, which are then entered into a competition of many categories and prizes. Kites are also available for sale on the beach, so no one is left out of the fun. At the end comes the culminating Great Ascension, filling the sky with everyone’s kite in the air at the same time. Admission to the Andy Happel festival and concerts is free.
Andy and his friends will perform a variety of beautiful songs and catchy rhythms from the Americas and the seas: Tex / Mex folk; string music from the Appalachians; Canadian Maritime violin tunes; the classic American songbook; country of yesteryear; and music wherever people gather and party.
Happel is a concert violinist and fiddler who has shared the stage with symphonies, pop stars and country music luminaries. As the conductor of the ’90s rock group Thanks to Gravity, Happel signed with Capitol Records and EMI Publishing and toured extensively with Guster, Train, Matchbox 20 and the Dave Matthews Band. A successful tour with country singer Don Campbell followed, where he opened for country legends Willie Nelson, Randy Travis, George Jones and Charlie Daniels. He currently performs with the classical improvisation group Aeterna Trio and several other independent projects.
Andy is the director of strings at the Waynflete Independent School in Portland and conducts several string ensembles. He was Principal Producer of the new classical music label PARMA Recordings from 2011 to 2017. He has worked with the Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus and the New England String Quartet, among others.
Recently he was nominated for a NATAS Boston / New England Emmy, presented a TEDx talk titled Synchronicity: Music and the Perception of Time, and performed O’Connor’s Violin Concerto as a guest soloist with the Orchestra. Portsmouth Symphony.
The Capriccio Festival of Kites is presented by Cricket’s Corner Beach and Toy, Ogunquit Performing Arts, Ogunquit Rotary Club, Kennebunk Savings Bank, That Place in Ogunquit and the City of Ogunquit.
Postponed Capriccio indoor events
The two indoor concerts planned as part of the annual Capriccio Festival, – “An Evening of Maine Humor with Tim Sample” on September 10, and the Stillson School of Irish Dance on September 18, have been postponed by the artists for reasons of concerns related to COVID-19.
Sample expressed concern about the potential for the virus to spread among a large indoor audience. “With the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 emerging in the state and many unanswered questions about the likelihood that even fully vaccinated people (like me) could spread this deadly virus in the community, I don’t just couldn’t, in good conscience, take the risk, ”he said. “The idea that an evening of fun and laughter can spread disease or even death is just too terrible to consider.”
The concerns about the Stillson School of Irish Dance were exactly the same. The audience for the School’s OPA consists largely of families, students and small children – who are always invited on stage to try out a few dance steps. The increasing possibility of exposure to the virus to their audiences and dancers has finally become unacceptable.
Ogunquit Performing Arts is sad at the temporary loss of these performances, but shares the artists’ concerns. The OPA intends to reschedule both at later dates, when the safety of the public and the performers can be assured.
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