Past Season

2014 Season


Celebrating 20 Years

Our festival this August, “Darkness and Light” will take us from the shadowy depths of Mozart’s G Minor String Quintet and Nocturnes by Chopin and Saariaho, to shade and color in a Franco-Chinese program with works by Debussy and Zhou Long, to bold contrast with Bartok and Dvorak. Finally, we’ll journey to great light and joy as we end our season with Mendelssohn’s ebullient String Octet.

In celebration of our twentieth, I am so proud to be welcoming home SBC artists that have made substantial musical contributions to us over the years. Violinists Jennifer Koh, Jennifer Frautschi and Sheryl Staples return, with hornist Eric Ruske, cellists Ed Aaron and Sophie Shao, pianists Benjamin Hochman and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Artists from the Brentano and Borromeo String quartets will also be here to help us celebrate. And we welcome some very special guests including Erhu master Wang Guowei, tenor Dominic Armstrong, violinist Erin Keefe, pianist Lydia Artymiw and Maestro Osmo Vanska (playing clarinet!).

As we reach this milestone, I reflect on what has made all of this possible: you, the concertgoers who have supported Salt Bay Chamberfest for twenty years! Your love of great chamber music, your open minds and hearts have been the foundation on which this great music has come to life!

With gratitude,


Wilhelmina Smith
Founder, Artistic & Executive Director


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Darkness and Light

Four Festival Concerts: August 5, 8, 12 & 15
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 5, 2014

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

CHOPIN Nocturne
TSONTAKIS “Eclipse” 
MOZART Viola Quintet in g minor

Susie Park and Sheryl Staples, violins
CarlaMaria Rodrigues and Beth Guterman, violas
Yeesun Kim, cello
Benjamin Hochman, piano
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet


Festival Concert 2

August 8, 2014

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

DEBUSSY La Terrasse des audiences du Clair de lune 
HUA YANJUN Reflection of the Moon in the Erquan Pool  
ZHOU LONG Taiping Drums
CHEN YI Romance
WANG GUOWEI Drinking Alone with the Moon (World Premiere)
RAVEL Piano Trio

Tim Fain, violin
Sophie Shao, cello
Thomas Sauer, piano
Wang Guowei, erhu


Festival Concert 3

August 11, 2014

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

BEETHOVEN Sonata in C major, Op 102, No. 1
BARTÓK Contrasts
DVOŘÁK Trio in g minor

Erin Keefe, violin
Wilhelmina Smith, cello
Lydia Artymiw, piano
Osmo Vanska, clarinet
Artymiw-Keefe-Smith Trio

In memory of David Smith


Festival Concert 4

August 15, 2014

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

BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
MENDELSSOHN Octet for Strings

Jennifer Frautschi, Serena Canin, Erin Keefe, and Steve Copes, violins
Beth Guterman and Dov Scheindlin, violas
Ed Aaron and Wilhelmina Smith, cellos
Tim Cobb, bass
John Bellemer, tenor
Eric Ruske, horn


Special Events

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Twentieth Anniversary
Lobster Bake and Musical Party

August 14, 2014

Thursday at 5:00 pm
Darrows Barn, Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, ME

Enjoy a traditional Maine Lobster Bake in the company of great friends and musicians. If you play an instrument, bring it along. We’ll have a fun chamber music reading session with Salt Bay Chamberfest Musicians.


Family Concerts

Salt Bay Chamberfest will offer an interactive and fun family concert

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Mark Mandarano

Family Concert

August 16, 2014
Saturday at 10:30 am
Lincoln Theater

SBC Musicians will present an entertaining and educational concert that introduces children and their families to classical music. Program will include works by composers inspired by nature as well as new compositions by students involved in our Music & Nature Camp.

The event is open to the public free of charge.