2023 Gala.

Annual Benefit Gala: “Into the Maine Woods”

Location: Stonington Opera House

Join us for our annual Gala, an evening to benefit Opera House Arts. The historic Stonington Opera House will transform into the “Maine Woods” for this fun and entertaining night. The night includes performances, heavy passed hors d-oeuvres, drinks, specially curated wines, a live auction, silent auction, and more. This year’s performers include American folk singer/songwriter, Carol Noonan, singer Bennett Konesni, and pianist Oliver Scott.

Proceeds from the Gala help keep our lights burning bright all year long and our historic theater a vibrant part of Deer Isle’s unique cultural landscape.

Carol Noonan plays guitar and sings into microphone

Her voice has been compared to a young Joan Baez, or a voice from ages long ago. But if you must compare her to an era, close your eyes, and slip back into that time when Eminem was a candy and fruit roll ups were only available to astronauts…there you will find the voice of Carol Noonan.

Man sings while playing the guitar

Bennett Konesni owns and runs Duckback Farm in Belfast, Maine, focusing on garlic production for seed and table, culinary hers, and teas. In addition to farming he is an internationally-touring musician, focusing on northern fiddle and dance music as well as worksongs for field and forest, which he uses regularly on his own farm and teaches at workshops. He also creates vivid papercuttings which depict a culture of food that integrates heritage breeds, seeds, songs, stories, and dances.

Oliver Scott headshot

Oliver Scott is a jazz pianist, educator, arranger, and composer. Originally from Maine, Oliver has studied at Ithaca College and the Eastman School of Music, living and performing in western New York for 8 years. At Eastman, he taught jazz piano classes and private lessons, received the Ray Wright Prize, was a member of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, Studio Orchestra, and performed with guest artists, including renowned bassist John Clayton. In Rochester, Oliver is a member of the Generations Trio, featuring drummer Rich Thompson. Most recently, Oliver taught jazz at James Madison University as a Visiting Artist Teaching Fellow during the 2022-23 school year, and was an active member in the local Harrisonburg and Charlottesville musical communities, performing with such artists as John D’earth, Charles Owens, Emre Kartari, Sam Suggs, and Adam Larrabee. Oliver’s next chapter brings him to Chicago, where he is excited to perform, teach privately, and make many new connections.

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