The 53rd Bar Harbor Music Festival

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

“CARMEN”

By Georges Bizet

Friday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Bar Harbor Music Festival Opera Theatre

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

Antonio Galera-Lopez

Young Audience Concerts

2019 BAR HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL 53rd SEASON

2019 Bar Harbor Spring Benefit with Christopher Johnson

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Francis Fortier, Conductor and Founder

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Welcome to the Bar Harbor Music Festival

 

We have a tremendously exciting 53rd Season before us,
JUNE 30 – JULY 28, 2019 Bar Harbor, Maine

The Bar Harbor Music Festival

FLOURISHING IN ITS 53rd YEAR

“Maine’s Premier Music Festival”
— WGBH Classical New England/Boston

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

Acclaimed by Phi Beta Baton as “…one of the nation’s proving grounds for gifted young artists”, the Bar Harbor Music Festival, founded in 1967, has gained national recognition for its unique and pioneering work. Now celebrating its 53rd Season, we have advanced the careers of over 2,200 aspiring instrumentalists, singers, and composers. Our annual Festival, coupled with our “Arts and Tourism” initiatives, has provided a vital cultural and economic service for the community and the nation. We estimate the revenue derived from the Festival every summer for accommodations, restaurants, shops, local attractions, and travel to be 1 million dollars.

The Festival’s outreach programs, such as the admission-free outdoor concerts in Acadia National Park, have won new audiences for classical music. Its annual Summer Festival and Touring Program have engaged over one million, as music lovers gravitate to this musical gem in the breathtaking setting of Bar Harbor, Maine.

The 2019 53rd Season glorious summer of music will run from June 30 to July 28, presenting a fantastic variety of 14 performances ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington, plus 5 inspiring Young Audience Concerts. Highlights will include a powerful production of the all-time opera favorite, Bizet’s “Carmen” on Friday, July 19, 8:00 p.m. at the 1932 Criterion Theatre and the Festival Gala featuring the renowned Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra on Sunday, July 28, 8:00 p.m. at the College of the Atlantic Gates Center Auditorium.

 

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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