The Blue Sage Concert Series began in the summer of 2011 when a small group of volunteers responded to the community’s popular demand for exceptional concert art music programming right in its own backyard. Astonishingly, within the course of a few of weeks, the group raised $27,000 to purchase a concert piano and the Blue Sage Concert Series was officially born in November of the same year. Today the series continues to be managed by Artistic Director and pianist, Susan Ellinger. Joining the Blue Sage staff in 2011, she has worked to develop programs, program the series lineup as well as perform in many of the concerts. A strong outreach initiative connects the North Fork community with advanced music education opportunities rarely seen in a rural area of this size. Workshops, master classes, free field trips and assemblies for local schools connect with over 500 students and adults each season. Housed in historic Curtis Hall, where every seat is an equally great listening opportunity, the Blue Sage Concert Series allows concertgoers to develop a deep personal connection to the music by virtue of its small size and intimate acoustics.
Recapping our 2015-16 season, October’s Baroque festival was a hit with sold-out performances by Jory Vinikour (harpsichord) and Ann Marie Morgan (viola da gamba). And our Baroque brunch was one of my all-time favorite events – a truly intimate look into the highly specialized performance practices of the artist with delicious food catered by Ellen Hutto. Earth Day this April brought the avant-garde work Voice of the Whale by American composer George Crumb, heartily received by our community of concertgoers. And rounding out the season was the incomparable Glen Velez and Loire Cotler both in concert and a series of workshops.