2011 Season

Welcome | Concerts | Education Programs | Musicians | Videos

Welcome

Wilhelmina Smith, Artistic Director

Dear friends,

I am delighted to present to you the 2011 Festival: 300 Years of New Music, a creative conversation between works of living and past composers. Damariscotta's own Salt Bay Chamberfest will be host to a number of premiere performances (U.S., World and New England premieres), drawing some of the world’s most prominent composers and performing musicians to our beautiful corner of Maine.

This summer’s concerts will feature the music of contemporary composers Matthias Pintscher, Pierre Jalbert, Tamar Muskal and world-renowned composer/conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. They also include an abundance of classic works from Schubert, Handel, Beethoven, Brahms, Faure, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Copland. As always, the music will be performed by some of the world’s finest musicians playing today--violinists Jennifer Koh and New York Philharmonic principal associate concertmaster Sheryl Staples; pianists Ignat Solzhenitsyn and 2011 Avery Fisher career grant winner Benjamin Hochman; the Johannes String Quartet, and many others.

When composer Esa-Pekka Salonen was in residence with the New York Philharmonic this winter, I had the opportunity to play for him his piece "Knock, Breathe, Shine," which will have its U.S. premiere at Salt Bay Chamberfest on August 16. Click here for a glimpse of our session together!.

Wilhelmina Smith with composer Esa-Pekka Salonen

In addition to our four series concerts at the Darrows Barn, you will have the unique opportunity to connect with living composers and performing musicians by attending any of our special educational events. They include open rehearsals, pre- and post- concert composer conversations, Composer's Corner chats at the Maine Coast Book Shop, masterclasses for young Maine musicians, and our free educational family concert, What is Chamber Music?, at the Lincoln Theater on August 20.

This season, for the first time, we are thrilled to work with visual artist George Mason who is creating companion works of art for this year's Chamberfest. He will have works in the Darrows Barn and at his show, New Works by George Mason, which runs from August 16 to 27 in the farmhouse at Round Top.

I look forward to seeing you in August!

Signature

Wilhelmina Smith Artistic Director

Concerts

August 16, 2011

TUESDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen knock, breathe, shine [U.S.Premiere] (Smith)
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen Lachen Verlernt (Koh)
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen Homunculus (Johannes Quartet)
  • Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht

Jennifer Koh, violin, Wilhelmina Smith, cello, Johannes Quartet (Soovin Kim, Jessica Lee, violins, CJ Chang, viola, Peter Stumpf, cello)

August 19, 2011

FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • Matthias Pintscher Treatise on the Veil I (Steinberg, Kim)
  • Handel Chamber Cantata, Lungi dal mio bel nume (Montalvo, Muzijevic, Kim)
  • Matthias Pintscher Lieder und Schneebilder (Montalvo, Muzijevic)
  • Schubert Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, D574 (Steinberg, Muzijevic)

Mark Steinberg, violin, Yeesun Kim, cello, Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord/piano, Marisol Montalvo, soprano

August 20, 2011

SATURDAY from 10–11:00 a.m.
Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta

Free Family Concert (first come, first serve)
Conductor Mark Mandarano, Salt Bay Chamberfest's dynamic and popular pre-concert lecturer and program annotator, will emcee the proceedings, which will combine short musical performances with demonstrations of various instruments and hands-on opportunities for children of all ages. Mark Steinberg (violin), Yeesun Kim (cello), Pedja Muzijevic (piano), and Marisol Montalvo (soprano) – the same musicians who will perform at the previous night’s concert - will take part. Children of all ages are welcome!

August 23, 2011

TUESDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • Beethoven Piano Quartet Opus 16 (Koh, Huang, Smith, Hochman)
  • Tamar Muskal Argaman for Piano Trio [World Premiere] (Staples, Smith, Hochman)
  • Brahms Clarinet Quintet Opus 115 (Staples, Koh, Huang, Smith, De Guise-Langlois)

Jennifer Koh, Sheryl Staples, violins, Hsin-Yun Huang, viola, Wilhelmina Smith, cello, Romie De Guise- Langlois, clarinet, Benjamin Hochman, piano

August 26, 2011

FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • Stravinsky Three pieces for Clarinet Solo (Bermel)
  • Copland Duo for Flute and Piano (Dunkel, Boriskin)
  • Pierre Jalbert Crossings [2011 Maine Premiere] (Music from Copland House, Shao)
  • Fauré Piano Quintet No. 2 in C minor (Solzhenitsyn, Crow, Staples, Amory, Shao)

Music from Copland House (Michael Boriskin, piano, Derek Bermel, clarinet, Paul Dunkel, flute); Jonathan Crow, violin, Misha Amory, viola, Sophie Shao, cello, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

Education Programs

Family Concert

August 20, 2011
10–11:00 a.m.
Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta

Conductor Mark Mandarano, Salt Bay Chamberfest's dynamic and popular pre-concert lecturer and program annotator, will emcee the proceedings, which will combine short musical performances with demonstrations of various instruments and hands-on opportunities for children of all ages. Mark Steinberg (violin), Yeesun Kim (cello), Pedja Muzijevic (piano), and Marisol Montalvo (soprano) – the same musicians who will perform at the previous night’s concert - will take part.

Pre-Concert Talks with Mark Mandarano

August 16, 19, 23 & 26, 2011
6:30 p.m.
Darrows Barn at Round Top, Damariscotta

Masterclasses

Join us for a series of masterclasses with Maine's best young musical talent.

August 19, 2011
3:00 p.m.
Schooner Cove Retirement Community, Damariscotta
featuring student violinists Mena Han-Lalime, Max Jordan and Liam Pinson, coached by Mark Steinberg

August 26, 2011
3:00 p.m.
Darrows Barn at Round Top, Damariscotta
featuring student composer Dana Malseptic presenting his new viola sonata to visiting composer Pierre Jalbert

Composers Corner

August 22, 2011
4:00 p.m.
featuring Tamar Muskal
Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta

August 25, 2011
4:00 p.m.
featuring Pierre Jalbert
Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta

Musicians

Violin

Viola

Cello

Piano

Clarinet

Flute

Voice

Ensembles

Composers

Videos

This season, Salt Bay Chamberfest is featuring works of a living composer at each concert. Here are interviews we conducted with two of them who will not be able to attend the Festival.

Esa-Pekka Salonen Works with Artistic Director Smith

Matthias Pintscher Interviewed by Mark Mandarano