The 55th Bar Harbor Music Festival
…one of New England’s great music festivals
– Nan Lincoln, The Bar Harbor Times
The Bar Harbor Music Festival
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 55th Season before us,
June 27 – July 25, 2021 Bar Harbor, Maine
The Bar Harbor Music Festival
FLOURISHING IN ITS 55th 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 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-residenceprograms 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.
The 2021 55th Season, June 27–July 25, promises the unique variety and extraordinary quality for which this Festival has become known and beloved.
2021 Young Audience Concerts
Come One, Come All_! !
Free! For kids of all ages
Partnering with both Bar Harbor’s Jesup Memorial Library and the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, our Young Audience Concerts invite visiting and community children to enjoy the talents of 2021 Festival musicians. Our goal is to entertain, educate, and inspire the young, (and the not-so-young) who attend these informal, interactive daytime musical events.
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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