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Islands in the Stream: Music and stories narrated and performed by Robert Gans on piano.

Giving pieces of music some context can help us to appreciate them as islands of beauty, inspiration, and solace in the stream of life and change as it sweeps us along.

Each piece Robert performs will be accompanied by a short description of background events which illustrate its
meaning and importance to him, and led to his choosing to perform it.

The final piece, Dancing on Water, from his April 2021 album release The Presence of That Absence, will feature piano and vocals.

The program includes:

  • Images (Excerpt) by Michel Legrand, Arranged for piano by Robert Gans
  • Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
    — Blue Ballet Suite Movements 1 and 2 by Robert Gans
    — Invocation and Offering
  • Birth of the Blues
  • Consolation No. 3 by Franz Liszt
  • Postlude: Dancing on Water by Robert Gans


The Noonday Concert Series is free to the public because of the continued support of our sponsors: Norman Hanson DeTroy and the Portland Rossini Club.

As a nonprofit, we also rely on individual donations, and The David Nichols Charitable Trust will once again match all donations.

We thank our sponsors and YOU for your generosity.

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