Francis Fortier
Founder and
Artistic Director

 "…one of New England's great music festivals"
- Nan Lincoln,
The Bar Harbor Times

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The Young Audience Concerts were initiated in 2014 as part of the Bar Harbor Music Festival's 48th Season of opera, solo recitals, chamber music, New Composers, brass quintet, orchestra, jazz, pops, and tea concerts, with the goal to make this great music-making accessible to children. In these daytime events, Bar Harbor Music Festival musicians interact with their young audiences in a relaxed and informal setting, entertaining and educating them about classical music.

Partnering with Bar Harbor's Jesup Memorial Library, which has incorporated Young Audience Concerts in their weekly Children's Summer Reading Program, has helped us to build larger audiences, introducing and exploring classical music with more and more youngsters.

In a lively interchange of performances and hands-on demonstrations geared to children, Young Audience Concerts link community members, tourists, summer residents, children and adults together with each other and with musicians from all over the world, It is natural and befitting for such a great music festival as the Bar Harbor Music Festival to make available the abundant talent that is in town to perform during the summer season.


Kick-off Concert
Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
with AMY KURZON, Mezzo-Soprano
Jesup Memorial Library

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Bar Harbor Congregational Church

Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Jesup Memorial Library

Thursday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Jesup Memorial Library

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Jesup Memorial Library

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Francis Fortier, Conductor
Antonio Galera Lopez, Pianist
St. Saviour's Episcopal Church

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Variety is the key to the Bar Harbor Music Festival, and on more than just the musical front. Concertgoers can take in everything from string orchestra concerts and nights of jazz or brass to New Composers concerts and even Opera! Our venues are as varied as the musical menu: the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, known for its excellent acoustics; The Maine Sea Coast Mission, the former Colket family mansion overlooking Frenchman Bay; Blackwoods Campground Amphitheatre in spectacular Acadia National Park; the amazing art-deco Criterion Theater (a jewel in the heart of downtown), and the elegant Bar Harbor Club. To quote music critic, Hetty Preble Archer, "A trip to the Bar Harbor Music Festival is never disappointing."
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The Bar Harbor Music Festival

" 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

Acclaimed by Phi Beta Baton as " of the nation's proving grounds for gifted young artists", the Bar Harbor Music Festival, founded by violinist Francis Fortier in 1967, has gained national recognition for its unique work. It remains one of the few music festivals in the United States whose guiding mission is to provide essential performance opportunities for outstanding up-and-coming talent.

The Festival has advanced the careers of over 2,000 aspiring instrumentalists, singers, and composers, presenting a glorious summer of music encompassing recitals, chamber music, "Pops", "New Composers", opera, jazz, and string orchestra concerts, as well as a forum, lecture-demonstrations, and a young audience series. In so doing, it has provided a vital public cultural service for the community, its visitors, and the State of Maine.

The Festival's outreach programs, such as the admission-free outdoor concerts in Acadia National Park and performances at Birch Bay Retirement Community, have won new audiences for classical music and fostered music education.

The 2017 51st Season will run from July 2 – July 30. Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" is scheduled for July 21 at Bar Harbor's historic Criterion Theatre performed by the Bar Harbor Music Festival Opera Theatre.

Its annual summer festival in Bar Harbor, Maine, coupled with its Touring Program, has reached audiences totaling over one million. This clearly is an indication of the Festival's popularity as music lovers gravitate to this musical gem in the spectacular setting of Bar Harbor.

WGBH Classical New England in Boston recently selected the Bar Harbor Music Festival as "Maine's Premier Music Festival".

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

Madame Butterfly Hits High Note
Written by Nan Lincoln
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