Open Rehearsals at Darrows Barn
Open Rehearsals give community members an insider’s view of the collaborative process of chamber music-making. The rehearsals will be held at Darrows Barn at 10:00am on concert mornings (August 9, 12, 16 & 19) and are free for students and community partners. Anyone may attend with SBC’s new “Subscription Plus Pass.”
Community Partners Program
This program gives the community greater access to the festival. Working with local community members, teachers, and nonprofit organizations, SBC builds mutually beneficial partnerships with social service agencies, local schools, and music teachers, and will welcome diverse audiences for festival programs free of charge. 2014 Community Partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kieve-Wavus Education, Schooner Cove Retirement Community, Spectrum Generations & Chase Point Assisted Living.
Salt Bay Chamberfest will offer an interactive and fun family concert on August 20 at 11 am at the Skidompha Public Library in downtown Damariscotta. 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.
Salt Bay Chamberfest offers a piano masterclass on Friday August 12 from 3pm – 4:30pm, hosted by Schooner Cove Retirement Community. This program connects world class artists with local young musicians, composers, and community members.
Mark Mandarano, conductor and educator, gives an informal talk one hour prior to each concert. These gatherings are fun and informative, and help audiences gain a better understanding of a program’s musical and historical context, as well as how each piece fits into the overall theme of the festival. Audiences will hear musical excerpts as well as interviews with musicians and composers. 2015 Pre-Concert Talks will be held on August 9, 12, 16 & 19 at 6:30pm at Darrows Barn.
Conductor and educator Mark Mandarano also authors the program notes which are printed in the Festival book, tying together information about the individual pieces with the over-arching theme of the Festival. These notes serve as the basis for the broadcast script of the performances on Maine Public Radio.