2010 Season

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Wilhelmina Smith, Artistic Director

Dear friends,

Welcome to our 2010 season—Spirituality in Music—and to our new web site! We’ve tried to convey what Salt Bay Chamberfest is all about: incredible performances of classical music in Maine by some of today’s most brilliant musicians; engaging, thoughtful programs; and our beautiful and dramatic setting in midcoast Maine.

What better way to begin a festival of classical music in Maine on this theme than with actual spirituals? During his visit to the New World, Antonin Dvorak was particularly inspired by Negro Spirituals and by the expressions of gratitude in the music of Native Americans. The Variation String Trio will be joined by pianist Benjamin Hochman and bassist Leigh Mesh for a thrilling season opener that will include Dvorak’s Bass Quintet as well as a Native American-inspired piano quartet, The Green Torso, by living composer Marc Neikrug.

For our second concert, we welcome back the internationally renowned Brentano String Quartet who will be performing Beethoven’s groundbreaking masterpiece, Quartet Op. 131. The program will start with Schumann’s pioneering song cycle, Dichterliebe, performed by baritone Randall Scarlata with Thomas Sauer, piano.

On August 17, we’ll have our very first cantor-in-residence, Elizabeth Shammash, for a program that explores the use of Jewish liturgical and folk music. You’ll hear works such as Kol Nidre sung in their original cantorial form, alongside more modern instrumental settings by composers Max Bruch and Ernest Bloch. Canadian violin virtuoso Jonathan Crow will make his Salt Bay debut in the Shostakovich Piano Trio # 2, complete with Jewish folk music.

Finally, themes of nature, religion, and war will converge in a program that pairs Messaien’s Quartet for the end of time, written in a prison camp during WW II, and George Crumb’s Black Angels, written in response to the Vietnam War. This program will feature an incredible group of musicians, including violinist Timothy Fain, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, cellist Sophie Shao, and Romie de Guise-Langlois on clarinet. Soprano Lucy Shelton will help us lighten things up with some Weill cabaret songs!

It really doesn’t get much better than this!

We are so fortunate to have such a wealth of talent coming to Salt Bay Chamberfest. We hope you can join us for an exhilarating sixteenth season!


Wilhelmina Smith Artistic Director


August 10, 2010

TUESDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • Traditional Spirituals: I Know the Lord has Laid his Hands on Me; Swing Low Sweet Chariot; I Got a Home in a Dat Rock (arr. Burleigh); Deep River (arr. Burleigh)
  • Copland American Songs: At the River; Zion’s Walls; Simple Gifts; I Bought Me a Cat
  • Neikrug The Green Torso Piano Quartet
  • Dvorak Bass Quintet, Op. 77

Timothy Jones, baritone; Benjamin Hochman, piano; Variation String Trio; Jesse Mills, violin; Leigh Mesh, bass

August 13, 2010

FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • Schumann Dichterliebe
  • Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 131

Randall Scarlata, baritone; Thomas Sauer, piano; Brentano String Quartet

August 17, 2010

TUESDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • Traditional Kol Nidre
  • Bruch Kol Nidre
  • Traditional Kaddish
  • Ravel, David Stock, Joel Engel Kaddish
  • Bloch Simchas Torah from Baal Shem
  • Yeheskel Braun Songs of the Lily and the Dove
  • Shostakovich Wiegenlied + Warnung from Op. 79 “From Jewish Poetry”
  • Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2

Elizabeth Shammash, cantor/mezzo-soprano; Thomas Sauer, piano; Jonathan Crow, violin; Wilhelmina Smith, cello

August 20, 2010

FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • George Crumb Black Angels
  • Schubert Death and the Maiden (song)
  • Britten Tell me the truth about love [Auden]; The Red Cockatoo [Waley]; Cradle Song [MacNeice];
    Calypso [Auden]
  • Weill Mack the Knife; Alabama Song; Surabaya Johnny [Brecht]
  • Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time

Lucy Shelton, soprano; Pedja Muzijevic, piano; Tim Fain, violin; Jonathan Crow, violin; Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola; Sophie Shao, cello; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet


August 13, 2010

FRIDAY from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Schooner Cove, Damariscotta; Free and open to the public.

Pianist Sam McKenna will play the Chopin Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor and be coached by pianist Thomas Sauer. The trio of Josie Davis, violin, Nikolai Renedo, cello and Will Bristol, piano, will perform the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor and be coached by Sauer and Mark Steinberg, violin, of the Brentano String Quartet.

August 20, 2010

FRIDAY from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Skidompha Library, Damariscotta; Free and open to the public.

Violist Nathan Hillman with violinist Teal Vickery will play several duos based on J S Bach 2-Part Inventions, and Teal Vickery will play her viola in the Allegro movement of Johann Christian Bach’s Viola Concerto in C Minor. Their coach is Salt Bay’s visiting performer, Nokuthula Ngwenyama.





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