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2016 Season

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Passion and energy will abound at Salt Bay Chamberfest’s 2016 festival Looking Forward, Looking Back. This season will feature early masterworks by Mendelssohn, Schoenberg and Brahms while exploring “lost youth” in more mature works of composers, as in Shostakovich’s last work, Op. 145 “Michelangelo Songs”. Works by Kaija Saariaho (I feel a Second Hearbeat), Leoš Janáček (Intimate Letters) and Arnold Shoenberg (Verklärte Nacht) simultaneously offer intriguing musical representations of the bonds of youth and age and the continuum of life.

I am proud to present a SBC world premiere/commissioned chamber work by renowned composer Marc Neikrug, as well as new pieces by Shulamit Ran, Lisa Bielewa, and a mini retrospective of the works of Kaija Saariaho. Salt Bay Chamberfest has become known for presenting chamber music concerts on the highest level, and I’m honored once again to welcome a roster of such highly esteemed artists, all with international reputations of excellence, who will breathe their unique life into this wondrous music.

I hope you can join us this August!


Wilhelmina Smith
Founder, Artistic & Executive Director


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Looking Forward, Looking Back

Four Festival Concerts: August 9, 12, 16 & 19
Festival Concerts begins at 7:30 pm

Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm

Season Subscription Plus Pass $135
Includes admission into four evening concerts, pre-concert lectures,
open rehearsals, family concert (bring unlimited guests!), and more

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 9, 2016

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

Kaija Saariaho Nocturne (1994)
Kaija Saariaho Cloud Trio (2009)
Kaija Saariaho Je sens un deuxième coeur (2003)
Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Jonathan Crow & Jennifer Koh, violins
Alan Gilbert & Hsinyun Huang, violas
Wilhelmina Smith, Peter Wiley & Kajsa William-Olsson, cellos
Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano
Variation Trio (Jennifer Koh, Hsinyun Huang & Wilhelmina Smith)


Festival Concert 2

August 12, 2016

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

Joseph Haydn String Quartet Op. 103
Solo violin works from Jennifer Koh’s “Shared Madness” commissioning project
Marc Neikrug Ruminations *SBC commission & World Premiere*
Johannes Brahms Sextet for Strings in Bb, Op. 18

Jonathan Crow, Jennifer Frautschi & Jennifer Koh, violins
Hsinyun Huang & CarlaMaria Rodrigues, violas
Wilhelmina Smith & Peter Wiley, cellos
Variation String Trio, ensemble


Festival Concert 3

August 16, 2016

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

W. A. Mozart “Farewell” Aria K. 621
W. A. Mozart “Kegelstatt” Trio, K.498
W. A. Mozart Minuet, K1
Dmitri Shostakovich Suite on verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op. 145

Grigory Soloviov, bass baritone
Carla Maria Rodrigues, viola
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano


Festival Concert 4

August 19, 2016

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

Shulamit Ran Clarinet Quintet (2016)
Leos Janáček Intimate Letters, String Quartet No. 2
Felix Mendelssohn Piano Quartet in B minor, Op. 3

Brentano String Quartet:
Mark Steinberg & Serena Canin, violins
Misha Amory, viola
Nina Maria Lee, cello
Thomas Sauer, piano
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet


Special Events

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Musical Lobster Bake

August 18, 2016

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

Enjoy a traditional Maine lobster bake followed by musical treats from the Brentano String Quartet, held at Darrows Barn.



Lecture. Free, informal, one-hour talks with musical demonstrations.

Photo by Anna Webber


August 7, 2016

Sunday at 2:00 pm
St. Andrews Village, Boothbay Harbor

Richard Wagner and The Ring of the Nibelung
Talk by Mark Mandarano, conductor, Salt Bay Chamberfest pre-concert lecturer and annotator, and professor at Macalester College

Richard Wagner envisioned his four opera cycle, The Ring of the Nibelung, as a fusion of artistic disciplines, which he called the Gesamtkunstwerk or Total Work of Art. Mandarano, Assistant Professor and Director of Instrumental Music at Macalester College, will give a talk that outlines the mythology, drama, poetry, philosophy, history, biography, theory—and, of course, the musical innovations—that interact with Wagner’s magnum opus.

Eduardo Leandro, photo by Julie Brown.


August 14, 2016

Sunday at 3:00 pm
Maine Coast Book Shop & Café, Main Street, Damariscotta, ME

Big Ideas Writ Small: The Miniatures of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Talk by Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Salt Bay Chamberfest guest pianist

In this informal presentation Ignat Solzhenitsyn reads and discusses his father’s early and late miniatures (prose poems).


Master Class

Presented in partnership with Schooner Cove.


Master Class:
Nina Maria Lee and Serena Canin

August 11, 2016

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

Maine student quartets will be coached by cellist Nina Maria Lee and violinist Serena Canin of the Brentano String Quartet.

The event is open to the public free of charge.
Presented in partnership with Schooner Cove.
Sponsored by Sarah L. Fisher & Derek Webber



Family Concerts

Salt Bay Chamberfest will offer an interactive and fun family concert
at the Skidompha Public Library in downtown Damariscotta.

Mark Mandarano

Mark Mandarano

Family Concert

August 20, 2016
Saturday at 10:30 am
Skidompha Public Library in downtown Damariscotta, ME

Hosted by educator and conductor Mark Mandarano, this concert is a favorite for all ages, and introduces children and adults to great chamber music in engaging and entertaining ways. Come sing, clap and enjoy a musical morning with our wonderful musicians! Performers will include Serena Canin and Nina Maria Lee of the Brentano String Quartet, pianist Thomas Sauer, and clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois.

The event is open to the public free of charge.