Past Season

2011 Season


Dear friends,

I am delighted to present to you the 2011 Festival: 300 Years of New Music, a creative conversation between works of living and past composers. Damariscotta’s own Salt Bay Chamberfest will be host to a number of premiere performances (U.S., World and New England premieres), drawing some of the world’s most prominent composers and performing musicians to our beautiful corner of Maine.

This summer’s concerts will feature the music of contemporary composers Matthias Pintscher, Pierre Jalbert, Tamar Muskal and world-renowned composer/conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. They also include an abundance of classic works from Schubert, Handel, Beethoven, Brahms, Faure, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Copland. As always, the music will be performed by some of the world’s finest musicians playing today–violinists Jennifer Koh and New York Philharmonic principal associate concertmaster Sheryl Staples; pianists Ignat Solzhenitsyn and 2011 Avery Fisher career grant winner Benjamin Hochman; the Johannes String Quartet, and many others.


Esa-Pekka Salonen works with Wilhelmina Smith

When composer Esa-Pekka Salonen was in residence with the New York Philharmonic this winter, I had the opportunity to play for him his piece “Knock, Breathe, Shine,” which will have its U.S. premiere at Salt Bay Chamberfest on August 16. Click here for a glimpse of our session together!

In addition to our four series concerts at the Darrows Barn, you will have the unique opportunity to connect with living composers and performing musicians by attending any of our special educational events. They include open rehearsals, pre- and post- concert composer conversations, Composer’s Corner chats at the Maine Coast Book Shop, masterclasses for young Maine musicians, and our free educational family concert, What is Chamber Music?, at the Lincoln Theater on August 20.

This season, for the first time, we are thrilled to work with visual artist George Mason who is creating companion works of art for this year’s Chamberfest. He will have works in the Darrows Barn and at his show, New Works by George Mason, which runs from August 16 to 27 in the farmhouse at Round Top.

I look forward to seeing you in August!


Wilhelmina Smith
Founder, Artistic & Executive Director


300 Years of New Music

Four Festival Concerts: August 16, 19, 23 & 26
Festival Concerts begins at 7:30 pm

Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm

Season Subscription $100
Includes admission into four evening concerts and pre-concert lectures

Single Concert Ticket $30 General Admission/$5 Students with valid ID
Includes admission into concert and pre-concert lecture


Festival Concert 1

August 16, 2011

Tuesday at 7:30 pm
Darrows Barn, Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, ME
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm

Esa-Pekka Salonen knock, breathe, shine [U.S.Premiere] (Smith)
Esa-Pekka Salonen Lachen Verlernt (Koh)
Esa-Pekka Salonen Homunculus (Johannes Quartet)
Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht

Jennifer Koh, violin
Wilhelmina Smith, cello
Johannes Quartet (Soovin Kim, Jessica Lee, violins; CJ Chang, viola; Peter Stumpf, cello)


Festival Concert 2

August 19, 2011

Friday at 7:30 pm
Darrows Barn, Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, ME
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm

Matthias Pintscher Treatise on the Veil I
Handel Chamber Cantata, Lungi dal mio bel nume
Matthias Pintscher Lieder und Schneebilder
Schubert Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, D574

Mark Steinberg, violin
Yeesun Kim, cello
Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord/piano
Marisol Montalvo, soprano


Festival Concert 3

August 23, 2011

Tuesday at 7:30 pm
Darrows Barn, Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, ME
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm

Beethoven Piano Quartet Opus 16
Tamar Muskal Argaman for Piano Trio [World Premiere]
Brahms Clarinet Quintet Opus 115

Jennifer Koh, Sheryl Staples, violins
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Wilhelmina Smith, cello
Romie De Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Benjamin Hochman, piano


Festival Concert 4

August 26, 2011

Friday at 7:30 pm
Darrows Barn, Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, ME
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm

Stravinsky Three pieces for Clarinet Solo
Copland Duo for Flute and Piano
Pierre Jalbert Crossings [2011 Maine Premiere]
Fauré Piano Quintet No. 2 in C minor

Music from Copland House (Michael Boriskin, piano; Derek Bermel, clarinet; Paul Dunkel, flute)
Jonathan Crow, violin
Misha Amory, viola
Sophie Shao, cello
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano


Master Class

Join us for a series of masterclasses with Maine’s best young musical talent.

Photo by Anna Webber

Mark Steinberg

August 19, 2011

Friday at 1:00 pm
Schooner Cove, 35 Schooner Street, Damariscotta, ME

Featuring student violinists Mena Han-Lalime, Max Jordan and Liam Pinson, coached by Mark Steinberg.

Eduardo Leandro, photo by Julie Brown.

Pierre Jalbert

August 26, 2011

Friday at 3:00 pm
Darrows Barn at Round Top, Damariscotta, ME

Featuring student composer Dana Malseptic presenting his new viola sonata to visiting composer Pierre Jalbert.


Composers Corner

Photo by Anna Webber

Tamar Muskal

August 22, 2011

Monday at 4:00 pm
Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta, ME

Featuring Tamar Muskal.

Eduardo Leandro, photo by Julie Brown.

Pierre Jalbert

August 25, 2011

Thursday at 4:00 pm
Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta, ME

Featuring Pierre Jalbert.


Family Concerts

Salt Bay Chamberfest will offer an interactive and fun family concert

Mark Mandarano

Mark Mandarano

Family Concert

August 20, 2011
Saturday at 10:00 am
Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, ME

Conductor Mark Mandarano, Salt Bay Chamberfest’s dynamic and popular pre-concert lecturer and program annotator, will emcee the proceedings, which will combine short musical performances with demonstrations of various instruments and hands-on opportunities for children of all ages. Mark Steinberg (violin), Yeesun Kim (cello), Pedja Muzijevic (piano), and Marisol Montalvo (soprano) – the same musicians who will perform at the previous night’s concert – will take part.

The event is open to the public free of charge.