The Bar Harbor Music Festival

…one of New England’s great music festivals
– Nan Lincoln, The Bar Harbor Times

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The Bar Harbor Music Festival

. . . an acclaimed series of classical and popular concerts.”
Down East Magazine, Vacationtime Guide

Francis Fortier

Founder and Artistic Director

Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra

Christopher Johnson

Janinah Burnett

Antonio Galera-Lopez

The Ardelia Trio

Young Audience Concerts

51ST ANNUAL GALA BENEFIT DINNER

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017
6:45 P.M. COCKTAIL RECEPTION
7:45 P.M. DINNER, CONCERT, AND DANCING
THE LIEDERKRANZ CLUB
THE BALLROOM
6 EAST 87TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY
BLACK TIE (OPTIONAL) R.S.V.P.
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Welcome to the Bar Harbor Music Festival

Francis Fortier, Conductor and Founder

Founder and Artistic Director

We have a tremendously exciting 51st Season before us, July 2 – July 30, 2017. Sixteen performances of a fantastic variety of music ranging from Mozart to Scott Joplin. There will also be 7 Young Audience Concerts, an inspiration to us all, as we partner with the Jesup Memorial Library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program.

Highlights will include Brass Venture’s Opening Night All-American Music Program on July 5 sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. National attention is focused on the world première of Jeffrey Kaufman’s Brass Quintet on Original Sea Shanties.
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NEW! Download the CD Order Form to order the Long awaited CD Recording of the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra in Concert Conducted by Francis Fortier

NEW! Download the CD Order Form to order the Long awaited CD Recording of the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra in Concert Conducted by Francis Fortier.

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The Bar Harbor Music Festival

“…one of New England’s great music festivals”
-Nan Lincoln, The Bar Harbor Times

Designated by the American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 Events in North America in 2015.

2016 BAR HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL REFLECTIONS ON THE 50TH GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

FROM THE FOUNDER,

It seems only yesterday that I founded the Bar Harbor Music Festival. In a flash of time, we are now celebrating our 50th Anniversary!

We are responding to this golden moment by bringing you a musical gem that you will always remember. Our most ambitious festival to date will present a stunning variety of 24 performances ranging from Beethoven to Ellington.

So many people have helped us along the way to 50 years of bringing beautiful music to Mount Desert Island while advancing the careers of over 2,000 aspiring instrumentalists, singers, and composers. Our gratitude is endless for those who cared.

I now fact the greatest challenge of my professional career to continue providing essential performance opportunities for outstanding up-and-coming talent, offering the quality and unique variety of our programming, and working to insure that the Bar Harbor Music Festival lives on when I reluctantly leave this earth.

We are deeply grateful for the Special Gifts that we have received in honor of our 50th Golden Anniversary. Perhaps this is something you might consider. Your generosity coming at this milestone anniversary will go a long way to keep the Festival’s music playing for many years to come.

With every good wish and always thanks.

Sincerely,
Francis Fortier
Founder and Artistic Director

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“. . . an acclaimed series of classical and popular concerts.”
Down East Magazine, Vacationtime Guide

 

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