Welcome to our 2010 season—Spirituality in Music—and to our new website! We’ve tried to convey what Salt Bay Chamberfest is all about: incredible performances of classical music in Maine by some of today’s most brilliant musicians; engaging, thoughtful programs; and our beautiful and dramatic setting in midcoast Maine.
What better way to begin a festival of classical music in Maine on this theme than with actual spirituals? During his visit to the New World, Antonin Dvorak was particularly inspired by Negro Spirituals and by the expressions of gratitude in the music of Native Americans. The Variation String Trio will be joined by pianist Benjamin Hochman and bassist Leigh Mesh for a thrilling season opener that will include Dvorak’s Bass Quintet as well as a Native American-inspired piano quartet, The Green Torso, by living composer Marc Neikrug.
For our second concert, we welcome back the internationally renowned Brentano String Quartet who will be performing Beethoven’s groundbreaking masterpiece, Quartet Op. 131. The program will start with Schumann’s pioneering song cycle, Dichterliebe, performed by baritone Randall Scarlata with Thomas Sauer, piano.
On August 17, we’ll have our very first cantor-in-residence, Elizabeth Shammash, for a program that explores the use of Jewish liturgical and folk music. You’ll hear works such as Kol Nidre sung in their original cantorial form, alongside more modern instrumental settings by composers Max Bruch and Ernest Bloch. Canadian violin virtuoso Jonathan Crow will make his Salt Bay debut in the Shostakovich Piano Trio # 2, complete with Jewish folk music.
Finally, themes of nature, religion, and war will converge in a program that pairs Messaien’s Quartet for the end of time, written in a prison camp during WW II, and George Crumb’s Black Angels, written in response to the Vietnam War. This program will feature an incredible group of musicians, including violinist Timothy Fain, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, cellist Sophie Shao, and Romie de Guise-Langlois on clarinet. Soprano Lucy Shelton will help us lighten things up with some Weill cabaret songs!
It really doesn’t get much better than this!
We are so fortunate to have such a wealth of talent coming to Salt Bay Chamberfest. We hope you can join us for an exhilarating sixteenth season!
Founder, Artistic & Executive Director