About the Festival

Dear Friend of Music:

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.

“Don Pasquale,” Donizetti’s beloved comic opera will be in the spotlight on Friday, July 21 at the Criterion Theatre. There will be another world première at the 45th Annual Acadia National Park Outdoor Concert on July 26. Jill Jaffe’s With Each Passing Moon will have its maiden voyage by the Festival String Orchestra with Gerard Reuter, the magnificent Oboe Soloist.

Our Community Outreach Program continues to grow with 2 concerts at Birch Bay Retirement Community and the Inaugural Season of the Bar Harbor Music Festival at Belfast sponsored by The Belfast Stagehouse with the support of the Maine Community Foundation.

We are encouraged by strong online ticket sales. As the best seats are going fast, we urge you to order your tickets now.

Our gratitude to those who have contributed $150,000 towards our 2017 Funding Goal of $350,000. At best, ticket receipts will cover only 20% of our total costs. Contributions are the only way to make up the income gap. For those yet to do so, please consider making a tax deductible contribution to our 51st Annual Drive. Let the music begin! With every good wish and always thanks.

Francis Fortier
Artistic Director