Salt Bay Chamberfest

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Superb Salt Bay festival brims with star power
— Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald

Dear Friends,

Congratulations! Salt Bay Chamberfest has reached its 25th season, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been a part of making our organization a success over so many years. We have achieved so much together, including newly commissioned music, world premieres, and performances of exceptional artistry.

The landscape of Maine has played a vital role in defining who we are by creating a sense of place and a space in which to absorb and reflect on the music we hear. In this special 25th Anniversary season, Music of Our Common Earth, we seek to connect our local selves with global others through music as it relates to our environment. The programs this season use nature as metaphor, explore ancient myths, uncover current global issues, and celebrate our shared landscape. To honor our rich history of presenting new music and new concepts in music, we will feature some of today’s musical innovators: from living composers Vijay Iyer, Derek Bermel, and Nate Smith, to performers who have inspired new works such as flutist Claire Chase, violinist Jennifer Koh, and the Brentano String Quartet. As a special celebration of our own rich Maine musical heritage, we welcome the Burnurwurbskek Singers and flutist Hawk Henries as they join our SBC musicians in two outdoor settings celebrating our shared planet.

Whether this is your first or your 25th season attending our concerts, we welcome you to this very special celebration marking a significant milestone in our history. Please accept our gratitude for all that you do to make this exceptional festival possible from year to year.

Here’s to 25 more!


Wilhelmina Smith
Founder, Artistic & Executive Director