A tribute concert to the late local musician and luthier Leo Beaule will close the Oasis of Music 21-22 season beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston. A quartet of violinists, all playing violins and bows from Beaule, will perform three multi-movement pieces composed by Georg Philipp Telemann. Musicians for this event include Greg Boardman, Mary Hunter, Jessie Boardman and Mark Nordberg.
Leo Beaule was a Lewiston native who put his love for classical music into practice during his middle years, learning to play the violin and viola and joining local orchestras including the Bates College Orchestra. , the Augusta Symphony and the Androscoggin Valley Community Orchestra. He would also participate in chamber music sessions at his home and with his musician friends.
His interest and skill in woodworking and all home engineering led to a home workshop where local musicians and school programs found help repairing and maintaining their instruments. Later in life, following the loss of his beloved wife Connie, he took up the art of fiddle and bow making, the materials for which he sourced locally from trees that he himself slaughtered, seasoned, sculpted, assembled and varnished into their final form. A unique touch for many of his fiddles are his own sculpted tailpieces and chin rests, made from different strands of maple.
Admission to the Music Oasis is free, donations are accepted. Masking and distancing are encouraged but optional. For more information, call 207-344-3106.
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