News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Compass, May 8, 2014
Bay School to host concert

Dutch classical piano virtuoso Annemieke Spoelstra and master accordionist Jeremiah McLane from Vermont make unique arrangements based on traditional folk melodies from the 18th to the 21st centuries, according to a news release from the Bay School. The duo will perform pieces by Astor Piazzolla, Edvard Grieg, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and Alan Hovhaness, as well as their own compositions at a concert at the Bay School Saturday, May 17, at 8 p.m. The sound is simultaneously classical, improvisational, exuberant, introspective, and passionate, the release states.

McLane plays a wide variety of ethnic musical styles from Northern and Eastern Europe as well as American jazz, swing, blues, and Zydeco. He holds a master’s degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music and has composed numerous pieces for film and theatre. He has taught and performed throughout the United States and Europe.

Spoelstra was born in the Netherlands where she studied classical piano and received master’s degrees in Music Pedagogy and Piano Performance from the Conservatory in Zwolle. She won the National Young Music Talent (Netherlands) for piano-accompaniment, praised for her touch and coloring. She was accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists at conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Zwolle. Spoelstra has performed in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Unites States. She has served as staff accompanist at the Boston conservatory (2004-2006), and currently teaches piano at Saint Michael’s College, where she also accompanies the Saint Michael’s College chorale and has worked for years with the Vermont Youth Orchestra choruses.