Due to the Coronavirus, with Maine’s 14-day quarantine requirement, as well as audience capacity guidelines and the fact that many venues are closed, we have no other choice but to cancel our 2020 54th Season in Bar Harbor.
Not to be denied, we will be presenting highlights from the 2020 Season on Facebook. Schedule to be announced on our website. We will keep you posted.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
The 54th Bar Harbor Music Festival
…one of New England’s great music festivals
– Nan Lincoln, The Bar Harbor Times
“Cosi Fan Tutte”
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
OPERA, Friday, JULY 17, 2020 :: 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
Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra
Young Audience Concerts
Welcome to the Bar Harbor Music Festival
We have a tremendously exciting 54th Season before us,
JUNE 28 – JULY 26, 2020 Bar Harbor, Maine
The Bar Harbor Music Festival
FLOURISHING IN ITS 54th 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 in 1967, has gained national recognition for its unique and pioneering work. Now celebrating its 54th Season, we have advanced the careers of over 2,200 aspiring instrumentalists, singers, and composers. Our annual Festival, coupled with our “Arts and Tourism” initiatives, has provided a vital cultural and economic service for the community and the nation. We estimate the revenue derived from the Festival every summer for accommodations, restaurants, shops, local attractions, and travel to be 1 million dollars.
The Festival’s outreach programs, such as the admission-free outdoor concerts in Acadia National Park, have won new audiences for classical music. Its annual Summer Festival and Touring Program have engaged over one million, as music lovers gravitate to this musical gem in the breathtaking setting of Bar Harbor, Maine.
The 2020 54th Season glorious summer of music will run from June 28 to July 26, presenting a fantastic variety of 14 performances ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington, plus 5 inspiring Young Audience Concerts. Highlights will include a powerful production of the all-time opera favorite, “Cosi fan tutte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Friday, July 17, 8:00 p.m. at the 1932 Criterion Theatre and the Festival Gala featuring the renowned Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra on Sunday, July 26, 8:00 p.m. at the College of the Atlantic Gates Center Auditorium.
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Edward “Ted” Pierce Wells (1947-2019)
Edward “Ted” Pierce Wells was a loyal and generous friend to the musicians of the Bar Harbor Music Festival. Ted opened his heart and his home to us and was a steadfast supporter of our efforts as artists. His warmth and enthusiasm will be missed every summer. Contributions in his name will support the Festival performances he appreciated so much.
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.
Founder and Artistic Director