The Young Audience Concerts were initiated in 2014 as part of the Bar Harbor Music Festival’s 48th Season of opera, solo recitals, chamber music, New Composers, brass quintet, orchestra, jazz, pops, and tea concerts, with the goal to make this great music-making accessible to children. In these daytime events, Bar Harbor Music Festival musicians interact with their young audiences in a relaxed and informal setting, entertaining and educating them about classical music.

In a lively interchange of performances and hands-on demonstrations geared to children, Young Audience Concerts link community members, tourists, summer residents, children and adults together with each other and with musicians from all over the world, It is natural and befitting for such a great music festival as the Bar Harbor Music Festival to make available the abundant talent that is in town to perform during the summer season.


Saturday, July 20
Young Audience Concert on Great Cranberry Island. Poems and Music, 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

Tuesday, July 30
Young Audience Concert “Rags to Riches” Flute, viola, and cello: Music by Haydn and Chevalier Saint-Georges. Audiences hear light classical chamber music and learn the incredible story of an escaped slave leaving the Caribbean and becoming a composer in the court of Marie-Antoinette, told by a flutist from France. Also rags and melodies by American composer Scott Joplin.