2017 BAR HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL

Francis Fortier, Artistic Director

Francis Fortier, Artistic Director

51st Festival Season
July 2, 2017 – July 30, 2017
Bar Harbor, Maine

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

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

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Janinah Burnett

Cara Chowning

O P E N I N G D A Y
Tea Concert
Sunday, July 2 at 4:00 p.m
JANINAH BURNETT, Soprano
CARA CHOWNING, Pianist
“SOPRANO JANINAH BURNETT’S TIMELESS VOCAL QUALITY AND POIGNANT PORTRAYALS…ARE HEART-RENDINGLY TOUCHING.” – THE SUNDAY TIMES,
LONDON

Music by Mozart, Liszt, Bonds, Adams, Marx, and Carter in an inspiring setting overlooking Frenchman Bay.
Tea served during intermission, courtesy of local bakeries & Bar Harbor Tea Company

MAINE SEACOAST MISSION, 127 WEST STREET, BAR HARBOR

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Brass Venture

OPENING NIGHT
Wednesday, July 5 at 8:00 p.m
BRASS VENTURE All-American Music Program

“INDIVIDUALLY THEY ARE EXPRESSIVE, TECHNICALLY IMPRESSIVE PERFORMERS, AND TOGETHER THEY FORM AN ENSEMBLE WHICH GIVES SUCH EXCITING PERFORMANCES.”
– ERICE WAZEN, COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE AT THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL

Music by Bernstein, Copland, Ewazen, Glass, Hovhaness, Ives, and Jeffrey Kaufman (world première).

BAR HARBOR CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 29 MOUNT DESERT STREET

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Christopher Johson

Friday, July 7 at 8:00 p.m.
CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON, Pianist

“TO HEAR CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON NOW, ON THE CUSP OF A GREAT CAREER, IS TO BELIEVE. POSSESSING A VAN CLIBURN INTENSITY, HE DESERVES TO HAVE THE CAREER OF A TRUE MUSICAL STAR.”
– DONALD PALLADINO, THE WEST FIELD LEADER, NEW JERSEY

Music by Chopin and Rachmaninoff. BAR HARBOR CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 29 MOUNT DESERT STREET

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Janinah Burnett

David Cushing

Addison Frei

Sunday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m.
POPS CONCERT
“HE SAID, SHE SAID”
Janinah Burnett, Soprano
David Cushing, Bass-Baritone
Addison Frei, Piano

“MS. BURNETT TREATED HER POTENTIALLY CAMPY ROLE WITH THE CARE AND AFFECTION YOU MIGHT GIVE A LONG LOST FAMILY HEIRLOOM.”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES

The battle of the sexes rages on with a musical evening of Broadway hits, jazz standards, and popular favorites. Featuring music by Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern, Stevie Wonder, and Duke Ellington to name a few. Our resident pop diva, Janinah Burnett, will enthrall you with persuasive pronouncements and scintillating songs.

THE BAR HARBOR CLUB, 111 WEST STREET

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Joshua Cody

Tuesday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m.
21st Annual “NEW COMPOSERS” FORUM
“FRONTIERS OF MUSIC: HISTORY, NATURE, AND PERCEPTION”
Joshua Cody, Moderator

THE PANEL
Guest Composers, Performers, & Maestro Fortier
Guest Composers: JOSHUA CODY & ERIC THOMAS
ALLISON KIGER, Flutist & Curator of the “New Composers” Program
ERIC THOMAS, Clarinetist
MICHAEL SHANE WITTENBURG, Pianist and Violinist
CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON, Pianist
RYU MITSUHASHI, Violist
FRANCIS FORTIER, Artistic Director, Bar Harbor Music Festival
JOSHUA CODY, Moderator

BAR HARBOR CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 29 MOUNT DESERT STREET

Admission Free Voluntary Contribution

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Allison Kiger

Joshua Cody

Wednesday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m.
34TH ANNUAL “NEW COMPOSERS” CONCERT “FRONTIERS OF MUSIC: HISTORY, NATURE, AND PERCEPTION”

ALLISON KIGER, Flutist
ERIC THOMAS, Clarinetist
NICHOLAS PAPPONE, Violinist
SOFIA NOWIK, Cellist
MICHAEL SHANE WITTENBURG, Pianist and Violinist
CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON, Pianist
RYU MITSUHASHI, Violinist

CELEBRATING JOSHUA CODY, CHARLES IVES AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER AND NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK AUTHOR

“HUGELY COMPLEX…BUT BEAUTIFULLY POETIC AND EVEN QUITE A BIT OF FUN.”
– RANDY KENNEDY, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Music by Cody, Coleman, Galante, Johnson, and Thomas.

BAR HARBOR CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 29 MOUNT DESERT STREET

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Christopher Johnson

Thursday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m.
CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON, PIANIST
“TO HEAR CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON NOW, ON THE CUSP OF A GREAT CAREER, IS TO BELIEVE. POSSESSING A VAN CLIBURN INTENSITY, HE DESERVES TO HAVE THE CAREER OF A TRUE MUSICAL STAR.”
– DONALD PALLADINO, THE WESTFIELD LEADER, NEW JERSEY

Music by Debussy, Joplin, Gershwin, MacDowell, Christopher Johnson, and Sousa.

SAINT SAVIOUR’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 41 MOUNT DESERT STREET

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Allison Kiger

Chris Ladd

Saturday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m.
ALLISON KIGER, FLUTIST
CHRISTOPHER LADD, GUITARIST
“…RENDERED CONFIDENTLY AND EXPRESSIVELY.”
–FINGERSTYLE GUITAR

“Folk-inspired classical” Music by Haydn, Beaser, Takemitsu, Zenamon, Kusiak, Piazzolla, and Mérlin.

BAR HARBOR CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 29 MOUNT DESERT STREET

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Antonio Galera-Lopez

Tuesday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m.
ANTONIO GALERA LOPEZ, PIANIST
Returning by Popular Demand!
“GALERA LÓPEZ REPRESENTS ALL THAT WE ADMIRE IN A PIANIST: WARM SOUND, ARTISTIC PHRASING, AND FAULTLESS TECHNIQUE.”
– JOSEPH YOUNGBLOOD, PALM BEACH DAILY NEWS

Music by de Falla, Fauré, Chopin, and Granados.

BAR HARBOR CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 29 MOUNT DESERT STREET

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Claudia Schaer

Thursday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m.
CLAUDIA SCHAER, VIOLINIST
MAX LIFCHITZ, PIANIST

DÉBUT RECITAL CLAUDIA SCHAER,
“A SUPERB MUSICIAN…SHE POSSESSES A STUPENDOUS BREADTH OF SENSITIVITY AND ABILITY.”
– ELFENAU PARTE, KONZERTKRITIK MAGASIN, BERN, SWITZERLAND

MAX LIFCHITZ, “A STUNNING, ULTRA-SENSITIVE PIANIST.”
– THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Music by Stravinsky, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Bartók, and Grieg.

SAINT SAVIOUR’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 41 MOUNT DESERT STREET

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April Martin

John Viscardi

Friday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m.
BAR HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL OPERA THEATRE
Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”
David Cushing Bass-Baritone, Don Pasquale
April Martin Soprano, Norina
John Viscardi, Malatesta
David Margulis Tenor, Ernesto
Joey DeSota Stage Director
Cara Chowning Music Director & Pianist
Zoë Still Set Designer and Costumes
Fenlon Lamb Producer

DAVID CUSHING, BASS-BARITONE:
“HIS PORTRAYAL OF HOODWINKED OLD PASQUALE, FILLED WITH PATHOS AND UNSELFCONSCIOUS HUMOR, WAS A REVELATION.”
– THE BOSTON HERALD

“APRIL MARTIN’S PERFORMANCE WAS A STANDOUT, SWEET OF PHRASING AND FULL OF TEMPERAMENT.”
– THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

The Historic Criterion Theatre

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The Ardelia Trio

Saturday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m.
THE ARDELIA TRIO
Returning by Popular Demand!
JANEY CHOI, Violinist
JENNIFER DEVORE, Cellist
JIHEA HONG-PARK, Pianist

“…THERE IS SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL AND UNIQUE ABOUT THE WAY THEY PRESENT CLASSICAL MUSIC.”
– KOREA’S EBS NETWORK EVENING NEWS

Music by Haydn, Bizet, Piazzolla, and Mendelssohn.

Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mount Desert Street

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Wolverine Jazz Band

Sunday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m.
JAZZ NIGHT
WOLVERINE JAZZ BAND
Returning for the 13th Consecutive Season!
JOHN CLARK, Leader, Clarinet/Sax
Guest Artist: JIMMY MAZZY, Banjo
One of Boston’s finest Dixieland, Traditional Jazz, and Swing Bands

Music by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, W.C. Handy, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Bing Crosby.

Jackson Laboratory Commons, 600 Main Street, Bar Harbor

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BAR HARBOR FESTIVAL STRING ORCHESTRA

Gerard Reuter

Wednesday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m. (rain date July 27, 8:00 p.m.)
45th ANNUAL ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
OUTDOOR CONCERT
BAR HARBOR FESTIVAL STRING ORCHESTRA
FRANCIS FORTIER, CONDUCTOR
GERARD REUTER, Oboe Soloist

“…A LITTLE BIT OF CIVILIZATION IN THE WOODS. IT WAS TRULY A GREAT EVENING.”
– AUDIENCE MEMBER

Music by J.S. Bach, Jill Jaffe (world première), Scarmolin, and Dvo˘rák.

BLACKWOODS CAMPGROUND AMPHITHEATRE, ROUTE 3, OTTER CREEK

Public Parking NOT Available at Blackwoods. Shuttle buses depart from The Jackson Laboratory Parking Lot on Route 3 for Blackwoods every 10 minutes beginning at 6:45 p.m., returning during and after the concert.

FREE! (VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION)

 

Antonio-Galera-Lopez

BAR HARBOR FESTIVAL STRING ORCHESTRA

Friday, July 28 at 8:00 p.m.
13th Annual Bob Noonan Memorial Concert
BAR HARBOR FESTIVAL STRING ORCHESTRA
FRANCIS FORTIER, CONDUCTOR
ANTONIO GALERA LOPEZ, PIANO SOLOIST

“GALERA LÓPEZ REPRESENTS ALL THAT WE ADMIRE IN A PIANIST: WARM SOUND, ARTISTIC PHRASING, AND FAULTLESS TECHNIQUE.”
– JOSEPH YOUNGBLOOD, PALM BEACH DAILY NEWS

Music by Mozart and Dvo˘rák.

SAINT SAVIOUR’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 41 MOUNT DESERT STREET

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Francis Fortier, Conductor

Gerard Reuter

Sunday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m.
FESTIVAL GALA
BAR HARBOR FESTIVAL STRING ORCHESTRA
FRANCIS FORTIER, CONDUCTOR
GERARD REUTER, Oboe Soloist
“MASTER CONDUCTOR FRANCIS FORTIER… MASTER’S TOUCH RESOUNDS.”
– YORK DAILY RECORD, PENNSYLVANIA

Music by J.S. Bach, Jill Jaffe, Scarmolin, and Grieg. Dancing to Strauss waltzes immediately following the concert.

Pre-Concert Dinner served beginning at 6:00 p.m. (optional)
The Bar Harbor Club, 111 West Street
Pre-Concert Dinner/Buffet: $45.00

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