Holiday Concert with Dana Cunningham and Michael Sakash
Please join us for a Holiday Concert with Dana Cunningham and Michael Sakash on Wednesday, December 20th at 2 p.m. at OceanView’s Hilltop Lodge Community Room (18 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, ME 04105).
This year, we are excited to offer two performances with Dana and Michael!
- Our 2 p.m. concert is open to the community for visitors to enjoy.
Visitors may sign up using the form below or by calling the Front Desk at (207) 781-4460. Please specify if you are a guest of a resident.
- Our 11 a.m. concert is for residents only.
Residents must sign up for this activity through the Activities Department by visiting the activities nook or by emailing or calling the Activities Team.
Seating is limited!
This popular concert is a tradition at OceanView, and seats will fill up quickly.
Masks are optional for those who are vaccinated.
Dana Cunningham, Piano:
Dana Cunningham is a pianist and composer who has produced six critically acclaimed recordings of original and interpretive work and performs in solo concerts and musical ensembles nationwide. Originally from Texas, she lives and works in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She studied piano at Blair School of Music while completing a Bachelor of Science in communication at Vanderbilt University. Her work at the Esalen Institute at Big Sur, an advanced seminary degree in biblical studies, and a sabbatical at a Benedictine monastery have also influenced her artistic voice, whose unique attributes are regularly applauded by leading music critics: Steve Ryals, Music Reviewer, Fresh Tracks: “Cunningham has the hands of a master; with them, she creates music of luminous beauty. She is aware of the profound value of silence between notes, and never dazzles simply to show off. Instead, she gently tickles listeners with her music of love and peace.”
Whether she is coaxing a dark, rich sound from the mellow depths of the bass, or making a lyrical flight into the crystalline upper keys, Dana’s touch is both precise and reverent, delicate and strong. She is also a gifted performer with other musicians, and weaves the sounds of the cello, saxophone, and other instruments in and around her music with a finesse that delights both audiences and her collaborators.
Michael Sakash, Saxophone:
Mike Sakash is a saxophonist, composer, and music educator who has dedicated most of his waking hours since age ten to music of all styles. He holds a master’s degree in jazz studies and contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music. Before settling in New Hampshire, Mike was Associate Professor of Music at Washington & Jefferson College (PA). Currently, he is the arts department chair at Fryeburg Academy, in Fryeburg, ME, where he directs the instrumental ensembles and teaches courses in music theory, guitar, and jazz improvisation. Mike also serves as a guest artist and clinician at music festivals throughout the country. In 2017, Mike received the Maine Music Educators Association “Music Educator of the Year” award, presented at the Maine All State Conference. As a saxophonist, he has performed, recorded, and toured with the Phoenix Jazz Project and the Traverser Saxophone Quartet, in addition to being a regular member of the Portland Jazz Orchestra.