2014 Season

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Celebrating 20 Years

Wilhelmina Smith, Artistic Director

Our festival this August, “Darkness and Light” will take us from the shadowy depths of Mozart’s G Minor String Quintet and Nocturnes by Chopin and Saariaho, to shade and color in a Franco- Chinese program with works by Debussy and Zhou Long, to bold contrast with Bartok and Dvorak. Finally, we’ll journey to great light and joy as we end our season with Mendelssohn’s ebullient String Octet.

In celebration of our twentieth, I am so proud to be welcoming home SBC artists that have made substantial musical contributions to us over the years. Violinists Jennifer Koh, Jennifer Frautschi and Sheryl Staples return, with hornist Eric Ruske, cellists Ed Aaron and Sophie Shao, pianists Benjamin Hochman and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Artists from the Brentano and Borromeo String quartets will also be here to help us celebrate. And we welcome some very special guests including Erhu master Wang Guowei, tenor Dominic Armstrong, violinist Erin Keefe, pianist Lydia Artymiw and Maestro Osmo Vanska (playing clarinet!).

As we reach this milestone, I reflect on what has made all of this possible: you, the concertgoers who have supported Salt Bay Chamberfest for twenty years! Your love of great chamber music, your open minds and hearts have been the foundation on which this great music has come to life!

With gratitude,

Wilhelmina Smith, Artistic Director

Concerts & Events

August 5, 2014

Tuesday at 7:30pm, Darrows Barn

  • CHOPIN Nocturne
  • TSONTAKISEclipse” 
  • MOZART Viola Quintet in g minor

Susie Park and Sheryl Staples, violins
CarlaMaria Rodrigues and Beth Guterman, violas
Yeesun Kim, cello
Benjamin Hochman, piano
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet

August 8, 2014

Friday at 7:30pm, Darrows Barn

  • DEBUSSY La Terrasse des audiences du Clair de lune 
  • HUA YANJUN Reflection of the Moon in the Erquan Pool  
  • ZHOU LONG Taiping Drums
  • CHEN YI Romance
  • WANG GUOWEI Drinking Alone with the Moon (World Premiere)
  • RAVEL Piano Trio

Tim Fain, violin
Sophie Shao, cello
Thomas Sauer, piano
Wang Guowei, erhu

August 12, 2014

Tuesday at 7:30pm, Darrows Barn

  • BEETHOVEN Sonata in C major, Op 102, No. 1
  • BARTÓK Contrasts
  • DVOŘÁK Trio in g minor

Erin Keefe, violin
Wilhelmina Smith, cello
Lydia Artymiw, piano
Osmo Vanska, clarinet
Artymiw-Keefe-Smith Trio

In memory of David Smith

Twentieth Anniversary Lobster Bake and Musical Party

August 14, 2014

Thursday at 5:00pm, Darrows Barn

Enjoy a traditional Maine Lobster Bake in the company of great friends and musicians. If you play an instrument, bring it along. We’ll have a fun chamber music reading session with Salt Bay Chamberfest Musicians.

August 15, 2014

Friday at 7:30pm, Darrows Barn

  • BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
  • MENDELSSOHN Octet for Strings
  • Jennifer Frautschi, Serena Canin, Erin Keefe, and Steve Copes, violins
    Beth Guterman and Dov Scheindlin, violas
    Ed Aaron and Wilhelmina Smith, cellos
    Tim Cobb, bass
    John Bellemer, tenor
    Eric Ruske, horn

    Salt Bay Chamberfest Family Concert

    August 16, 2014

    Saturday at 10:30am, Lincoln Theater

    SBC Musicians will present an entertaining and educational concert that introduces children and their families to classical music. Program will include works by composers inspired by nature as well as new compositions by students involved in our Music & Nature Camp.

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    Education Programs

    New! 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 5, 8, 12 & 15) and are free for students and community partners. Anyone may attend with SBC’s new “Subscription Plus Pass.”

    New! Community Partners Program

    This program will give the community greater access to the festival. Working with local community members, teachers, and nonprofit organizations, SBC will build 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 & Chase Point Assisted Living.

    Music & Nature Camp

    This program for 9 to 12 year olds will be held August 4-16, 2014 and is based on a partnership with the Damariscotta River Association and the Lincoln Theater. Nationally renowned composer and music educator Jon Deak and the 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 DRA’s popular Camp Mummichog curriculum. By the end of the 2-week session, each camper composes an original piece of music. The next morning, the young composers and the community hear the world-premier of their new works played by Salt Bay professional musicians in a Family Concert at the Lincoln Theater.

    Family Concert

    Join us for a Family Concert at Lincoln Theater on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30am. This concert is a great way to introduce your children and grandchildren to classical music. Admission is $5 for adults (children come free); or you may bring a canned good for the local food pantry for each person in your party and attend for free.


    Salt Bay Chamberfest offers masterclasses on Friday afternoons during the festival that connect world class artists with local young musicians, composers, and community members. SBC musicians coach some of Maine’s most talented young instrumentalists on Friday, August 8 at 3:00pm at Schooner Cove Retirement Community. On Friday, August 15, SBC musicians will coach young composers involved in the Music & Nature Camp at 1:00pm at Darrows Barn. Both masterclasses are free and open to the public.

    Pre-Concert Talks

    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. 2014 Pre-Concert Talks will be held on August 5, 8, 12 & 15 at 6:30pm at Darrows Barn.

    Program Notes

    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.

    For more information about any of Salt Bay Chamberfest’s Education & Community Engagement programs, please contact Sarah Glenn at contact@saltbaychamberfest.org.


    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.