Francis Fortier
Founder and
Artistic Director

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

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Don Giovanni
50th Golden Anniversary Season July 3 - July 31, 2016

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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.

As an official Acadia Centennial Partner, the 2016 50th Anniversary Season will feature world premieres inspired by Acadia National Park by Eric Ewazen, Composer-in-Residence at the Juilliard School and Edmund Cionek, the Festival's Composer-in-Residence.  Mr. Ewazen's  "Acadia" will have its premiere on Opening Night, July 6 performed by Brass Venture. Mr. Cionek's salute to Acadia , "Songs of the Sky" will be debuted on July 27 at the 44th Annual Acadia National Park Outdoor Concert at Blackwoods Campground Amphitheatre. Native American, George Neptune will be the Vocal Soloist. Francis Fortier will conduct the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra. "Songs of the Sky" will also be performed at the Festival Gala on Sunday, July 31 at the Bar Harbor Club, including a (optional) pre-concert buffet dinner.

The 2016 50th Anniversary Season will run from July 3 – July 31. Mozart's "Don Giovanni" is scheduled for July 15 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."
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Madame Butterfly Hits High Note
Written by Nan Lincoln
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