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58th Season

Bar Harbor Music Festival


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Spring Benefit Musicale – Cocktails, Concert and Buffet Dinner for the Bar Harbor Music Festival

Thu Apr 25, 2024 – 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Kosciuscko Foundation, 10065

2024 Season
Coming Soon!



Thursday, April 25
Spring Benefit Musicale
A Springtime Fusion of Classical Music and Jazz – Christopher Johnson, Allison Kiger, and friends. Music by George Gershwin and Claude Bolling

Wednesday, July 10
Pianist Veronica O’Brien
(Festival debut)

Friday, July 12
Tea Concert
Kelly Hill, mezzo-soprano and Steven Crawford, piano

Tuesday, July 16
Bar Harbor Festival Opera Theatre:
Sondheim Tribute Revue – Celine Mogielnicki, soprano, Kelly Hill, mezzo-soprano, Omar Najmi, tenor, Isaac Bray, baritone with Steven Crawford, piano

Friday, July 19
Best of Beloved Italian Opera
Music by Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, and more – Steven Crawford pianist and former Met Opera conductor leads a program showcasing the exciting and talented young singers of the Bar Harbor Music Festival

July 20th
Young Audience Concert
on Great Cranberry Island. Dance and Sing with Bob Barta, Banjo and John Clark, clarinet and saxophone of the Wolverine Jazz Band. FREE to children of all ages. Made possible by Ned Swain, Devenish Wines, and the Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust

Sunday, July 21
Wolverine Jazz Band
At the Criterion

Wednesday, July 24
Janey Choi
leads her ensemble with Amadi Azikiwe, viola, Melissa Westgate, cello, and Vadim Serebryany, piano in chamber music by Dvorak and Hailstork

Friday, July 26
Appalachian Spring
For 13 instruments with the Acadia Dance Festival

Monday, July 29
Sarah Joyce Cooper
Soprano with chamber orchestra – music by Bach, Haydn, Resphighi, and Jessie Montgomery

June 30th
Young Audience Concert
on Great Cranberry Island, Stories, Poems and Music: Willie was Different by Norman Rockwell and Seymour Barab, Sail Away by Langston Hughes and Ashley Bryan, Portraits of Langston by Valerie Coleman. Allison Kiger, flute, Eric Thomas, clarinet, and Christina Spurling, piano. FREE to children of all ages. Made possible by Ned Swain, Devenish Wines, and the Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust

Wednesday July 31
Eric Wyrick
Music for violin and piano by Beethoven, Debussy, Grieg, Coleridge-Taylor, and Kreisler
Violin recital with Candace Chien, piano

Saturday, August 3
The “Margaret Mills New Composers Concert”
At the College of the Atlantic – full day seminar by Maine composers and concert “Folk elements to the fore – Bartok and his Legacy” Eric Thomas, clarinet, Nicholas Pappone, violin, Candace Chien, piano, with world premieres by Diana M. Rodriguez and Skip La Plante

Wednesday August 7th
Christopher Johnson
Piano recital “Celebrating a Feast of Chopin and the 100th Anniversary of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue”

Sunday, October 13
Allison Kiger, flute and Christopher Johnson, Indigenous Peoples’ Weekend in Bar Harbor – Storm and Sea – Undine Sonata by Reinecke, Beethoven Pastorale Symphony Storm and Joy movements, plus works by Debussy and Takemitsu

2024 Season On Sale Soon

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

Our Promise to the Arts

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.

The Festival has made a major contribution to the music world by advancing the careers of over 2,300 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 Festival’s outreach programs, such as the admission-free outdoor concerts in Acadia National Park, artist-in-residence programs in American schools, colleges, and universities, as well as its Young Audience Concerts 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.