2013 Season

Welcome | Concerts | Musicians | Education Programs | Videos


Wilhelmina Smith, Artistic Director

Dear friends,

Pulsing drums of Native Americans, ancient calls of Scandinavian shepherds, peasant songs from the fields of Hungary, progressive rap and jazz music of our time…

Folk music has long been a source of inspiration for composers, but what about other forms of human musical expression? Bartok, Stravinsky, Schubert, and Dvorak were all inspired to write music that came directly from the people, be it a herding call, speech, or the rhythms of a native gathering. This year’s Salt Bay Chamberfest will explore this richly varied music and the human components that inspired it.

The Brentano String Quartet, violinist Jennifer Koh, and pianist Benjamin Hochman are among many esteemed artists who will return to Salt Bay Chamberfest this summer, and performers such as Markus Rhoten, principal timpanist with the New York Philharmonic, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center bassoonist Peter Kolkay will join us for the first time. We welcome fascinating musical guests including Norwegian folk singer Kjersti Kveli, jazz musicians Sean Jones (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Ben Williams (bass), and Nate Smith (drums), as well as Maine’s own Penobscot Nation musicians, the Burnurwerbskeg singers and drummers.

I am very pleased that we will again offer the Music & Nature Camp and Concert for children in collaboration with the Damariscotta River Association and the Lincoln Theatre. Please read more about this and other community programs on our Education page.

Do join us this August in the Darrows Barn for Salt Bay Chamberfest 2013. The drums are beating, the music is beckoning… I look forward to seeing you!


Wilhelmina Smith Artistic Director

Benefit Concert

June 23, 2013

SUNDAY at 3:00 p.m., Christmas Cove, So. Bristol, Maine

    Cellist Wilhelmina Smith, our founder and Artistic Director, will play some Handel arias with soprano Ilana Davidson, in a private living room overlooking the sea. Tickets are $150, tax-deductible, for this afternoon of fine music, delicious food (generously provided by Red Plate Catering), and the great company of fellow music-lovers. All proceeds will benefit the August 2013 Festival.

Festival Concerts

August 6, 2013

TUESDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • Schubert Shepherd on the Rock (Davidson, de Guise-Langlois, Hochman)
  • Schubert Fantasy in C (Koh, Hochman)
  • Karin Rehnqvist “Puksanger-Lockrop” Timpanum Songs and Herding Calls (Kveli, Mundy, Rhoten)

Ilana Davidson, Kjersti Kveli and Charlotte Mundy, sopranos, Jennifer Koh, violin, Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet, Markus Rhoten, timpani, Benjamin Hochman, piano

August 9, 2013

FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • Traditional Tango, Waltz, Ragtime (Eubanks, Jones, N. Smith, Williams)
  • Derek Bermel “Half and Half”, featuring 50% (world premiere) (Bermel, Williams, N. Smith)
  • Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat -full version (Gets, Bermel, Crow, Kolkay, de Guise-Langlois, Eubanks, Jones, Williams, Druckman)

Malcolm Gets, Narrator/Devil, Derek Bermel, spoken word/composer and Soldier, Jonathan Crow, violin, Ben Williams, bass, Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet, Peter Kolkay, bassoon, Sean Jones, trumpet, Robin Eubanks, trombone, Daniel Druckman, percussion, Nate Smith, drums

August 13, 2013

TUESDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • Penobscot traditional Native Singing and Drumming (Burnurwurbskek Singers)
  • Raven Chacon Taago Dez’ a (W. Smith)
  • Janacek Violin Sonata (Crow, Muzijevic)
  • Dvorak Piano Quartet in Eb (Crow, Amory, Smith, Muzijevic)

Burnurwurbskek Singers, singing and drumming, Jonathan Crow, violin, Misha Amory, viola, Wilhelmina Smith, cello, Pedja Muzijevic, piano

August 16, 2013

FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.

  • Ives Piano Trio (Steinberg, W. Smith, Sauer)
  • Bartok String Quartet No. 4 (Brentano String Quartet)
  • Schumann Piano Quintet (Brentano, Sauer)

Brentano String Quartet (Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violins, Misha Amory, viola, Nina Lee, cello), Wilhelmina Smith, cello, Thomas Sauer, piano

August 17, 2013

SATURDAY from 11:00 a.m. to noon, 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 premiere 10 student compositions from the Music & Nature Camp, as well as engaging classical works played by the Brentano String Quartet. Children of all ages are welcome!

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Education Programs

Salt Bay Chamberfest is delighted to offer an extensive list of education programs related to the Festival. Please join us for any and all of these events.

Music & Nature Camp

August 5- 16, 2013
Five days a week, 9-4
DRA, Belvedere Road, Damariscotta

This program for 9 to 12 year olds inaugurated in 2012 with the Damariscotta River Association and the Lincoln Theater will take place from August 5 to 16, with a concert on August 17. Nationally renowned composer and music educator Jon Deak and DRA’s Education Coordinator, Sarah Gladu, have blended the curriculum Deak has used successfully for over 15 years in the Very Young Composers project of the New York Philharmonic with the popular Camp Mummichog curriculum, which Gladu developed and has directed since 2006. By the end of the 2-week session, each camper will complete an original piece of music. On Saturday morning, August 17, the young composers and the community will hear the world-premier of their new works played by the Brentano String Quartet. To register a lucky 9-12 year old for the Music & Nature Camp at the DRA, visit the DRA Education page and download the appropriate forms. Since there are only 10 spaces, we expect the session to fill up quickly, so act now to be a part of this fine program.

Free Family Concert

August 17, 2013
11:00 a.m.-noon
Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta

Conductor Mark Mandarano, Salt Bay Chamberfest’s dynamic and popular pre-concert lecturer and program annotator, will emcee the proceedings, in which the Brentano String Quartet will premiere 10 new works by students of the Music & Nature Camp and play several works inspired by nature, by Dvorak and others.

Pre-Concert Talks with Mark Mandarano

August 6, 9, 13 & 16, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Darrows Barn at Round Top, Damariscotta


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

    August 9, 2013
    3:00 p.m.
    Schooner Cove Retirement Community, Damariscotta.
    Canadian violinist Jonathan Crow will coach three advanced young players in performance technique and artistry. The three masterclass participants are violinist Gianluca Pane of Wilton, a sophomore at Brown University who will play the first movement of the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor; violinist Hanna Renedo, a rising senior at Orono High School, who will play Largo from Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major piece; and Shelley Armer of Santa Fe, NM, who is an intern for the Salt Bay Festival this year. She is a junior at the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University studying viola performance and will play Prelude from Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat by J. S. Bach. Schooner Cove and Newcastle Square Realty Associates are the sponsors of this masterclass.

      August 16, 2013
      1:00 p.m.
      Darrows Barn at Round Top, Damariscotta,
      featuring a first reading by the Brentano String Quartet of 10 new student compositions from the Music & Nature Camp


Please enjoy our video about the founding principles of the festival, with guests Jennifer Koh, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the members of the Johannes String Quartet. Salt Bay video (YouTube, 3 min. 36 sec.)