Welcome to our 18th season of Salt Bay Chamberfest! I am so pleased that we have joined Carnegie Hall and other esteemed venues to commission the Brentano String Quartet’s new project, Fragments, which is inspired by the concept of the “unfinished.”
Taking its cue from Fragments, the theme of our 2012 Festival will be “Time Passing,” an exploration of time in music. Wide ranging, it will encompass last works, unfinished pieces, and music that contemplates the essence of time, its meaning and its passage. Late works by Brahms, Strauss, and Chausson will share programs with modern interpretations of time such as Lukas Foss’ “Time Cycle”, and Sebastian Currier’s “Static”. We will also welcome our young composer-in-residence Roger Zare, who will be writing a work just for us to be given its world premiere on Aug 24!
Many of our favorite musicians will be returning, including Burt Hara, principal clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra, pianist Pedja Muzijevic, violinist Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of Toronto Symphony and violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama. And we give a warm welcome to some of our new musicians, including Swedish cellist Kajsa WIlliam-Olsson, American soprano Susan Narucki, and Alan Gilbert, violinist/conductor and music director of the New York Philharmonic.
I am very excited about our educational initiatives this year. “Sound Investment” is a micro-commissioning adventure involving three engaging visits to Damariscotta by our young composer Roger Zare. We have also formed a 3-way collaboration with two other local organizations, the Damariscotta River Association and the Lincoln Theatre, to produce a 2-week, one-of -a-kind “Music and Nature” camp for children! Please read more about these programs on our Education page.
I look forward to seeing you in August!
Founder, Artistic & Executive Director