The 52nd Bar Harbor Music Festival

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

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“HANSEL AND GRETEL”

By Engelbert Humperdinck

Friday, July 20 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

The Ardelia Trio

Young Audience Concerts

The 29th Annual Benefit Concert

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2018 BAR HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL 52nd SEASON

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Francis Fortier, Conductor and Founder

Francis Fortier, Conductor and Founder

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Welcome to the Bar Harbor Music Festival

We have a tremendously exciting 52nd Season before us,
JULY 1 – JULY 29, 2018.

The Bar Harbor Music Festival

FLOURISHING IN ITS 52ND 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 by violinist Francis Fortier in 1967, has gained national recognition for its unique and pioneering work on behalf of young artists. The Festival has made a major contribution to the music world by advancing the careers of over 2,100 aspiring instrumentalists, singers, and composers. Coupled with our “Arts and Tourism” initiatives, it has provided a vital cultural and economic service for the community and visitors from all over the world. The 2017 51st Season will be remembered as the best ever, filled with inspiring artistry, exhilarating lecture-demonstrations, and enchanting Young Audience Concerts. The Festival’s outreach pro grams, such as the admission-free outdoor concerts in Acadia National Park and artist-in-residence programs in American schools, colleges, and universities, have won new audiences for classical music and fostered music education. Its annual Summer Festival and Touring Program have reached out to audiences totaling over one million, as music lovers gravitate to this musical gem in the spectacular setting of Bar Harbor, Maine. The 2018 52nd Season, July 1–July 29, promises the unique variety and extraordinary quality for which this Festival has become known and loved.

 

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

Previous Reviews

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

 

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