Past Season

2012 Season


Dear friends,

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!


Wilhelmina Smith
Founder, Artistic & Executive Director


Time Passing

Four Festival Concerts: August 14, 17, 19 & 24
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 14, 2012

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

Schubert Die abgebluhte Linde, Der Jungling an der Tod, Wandrers Nachtlied Op 96, No 3
Lukas Foss Time Cycle
Brahms Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op. 114

Susan Narucki, soprano
Wilhelmina Smith, cello
Burt Hara, clarinet
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Thomas Sauer, piano


Festival Concert 2

August 17, 2012

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

Charles Wuorinen Marian Tropes
Schubert Quartet in c minor, D703 (unfinished)
Bruce Adolphe Fra(nz)g-mentation
Bach Contrapunctus XVIII (unfinished) from The Art of Fugue
Sofia Gubaidulina Reflections on the Theme B-A-C-H
Haydn Quartet in d minor, Op. 103
John Harbison Finale: Presto
Shostakovich Quartet movement (around the time of the 9th quartet)
Stephen Hartke From the Fifth Book
Mozart Quartet fragment in e minor, K417d
Vijay Iyer Mozart Effects

Brentano String Quartet (Mark Steinberg, Serena Canin, violins; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello)


Festival Concert 3

August 19, 2012

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

Barber Dover Beach, Op. 3
Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 2 in Eb Major
Richard Strauss Metamorphosen (septet version)

William Sharp, baritone
Serena Canin, Jonathan Crow, Alan Gilbert, violins
Misha Amory, Hsin-Yun Huang, violas
Wilhelmina Smith, Kajsa William-Olsson cellos
Leigh Mesh, bass
Thomas Sauer, piano


Festival Concert 4

August 24, 2012

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

Roger Zare On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies (World premiere) (Nelson, de Guise-Langlois, Copes, Arron, Muzijevic)
Sebastian Currier Static (2003) (Copes, Arron, Nelson, de Guise-Langlois, Muzijevic)
Chausson Piano Quartet in A, Op. 30 (Copes, Ngwenyama, Arron, Muzijevic)

Steven Copes, violin
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola
Edward Arron, cello
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Conor Nelson, flute
Pedja Muzijevic, piano


Music & Nature Camp

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Music & Nature Camp

August 7-17, 2012

Five days a week, 9-4
DRA, Belvedere Road, Damariscotta

This new program for 9 to 12 year olds which we are initiating with the Damariscotta River Association and the Lincoln Theater will take place from August 6 to 17, with a concert on August 18. Nationally renowned composer and music educator Jon Deak and DRA’s Education Coordinator, Sarah Gladu, have blended the curriculum Deak has used successfully for over 15 years in the Very Young Composers project of the New York Philharmonic with the popular Camp Mummichog curriculum, which Gladu developed and has directed since 2006. By the end of the 2-week session, each camper will complete an original piece of music. On Saturday morning, August 18, the young composers and the community will hear the world-premier of their new works played by the Brentano String Quartet. To register a lucky 9-12 year old for the Music & Nature Camp at the DRA, visit the DRA Education page and download the appropriate forms. Since there are only 10 spaces, we expect the session to fill up quickly, so act now to be a part of this fine new program.



Master Class

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

Photo by Anna Webber

Brentano String Quartet

August 17, 2012

Friday at 1:00 pm
Darrows Barn at Round Top, Damariscotta, ME

Featuring a first reading by the Brentano String Quartet of 10 new student compositions from the Music & Nature Camp.

Eduardo Leandro, photo by Julie Brown.

Salt Bay Professionals

August 24, 2012

Friday at 3:00 pm
Schooner Cove, 35 Schooner Street, Damariscotta, ME

Featuring pianist Marcos Edgar, violist Teal Vickery and flutist Jennifer Willis coached by Salt Bay professionals Pedja Musijevic, Nokuthula Ngwenyama and Conor Nelson.


Composers Corner

Mark Mandarano

Roger Zare

August 23, 2012
Thursday at 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Maine Coast Bookshop, Damariscotta, ME

Join us for a conversation with young composer Roger Zare, whose commission will be premiered at the August 24th concert.

The event is open to the public free of charge.


Family Concerts

Salt Bay Chamberfest will offer an interactive and fun family concert

Mark Mandarano

Mark Mandarano

Family Concert

August 18, 2012
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, in which the Brentano String Quartet will premiere 10 new works by students of the Music & Nature Camp and play several pastoral works by Dvorak and others.

The event is open to the public free of charge.