2016 Season

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Wilhelmina Smith

Passion and energy will abound at Salt Bay Chamberfest’s 2016 festival Looking Forward, Looking Back. This season will feature early masterworks by Mendelssohn, Schoenberg and Brahms while exploring “lost youth” in more mature works of composers, as in Shostakovich’s last work, Op. 145 “Michelangelo Songs”. Works by Kaija Saariaho (I feel a Second Hearbeat), Leoš Janáček (Intimate Letters) and Arnold Shoenberg (Verklärte Nacht) simultaneously offer intriguing musical representations of the bonds of youth and age and the continuum of life.

I am proud to present a SBC world premiere/commissioned chamber work by renowned composer Marc Neikrug, as well as new pieces by Shulamit Ran, Lisa Bielewa, and a mini retrospective of the works of Kaija Saariaho. Salt Bay Chamberfest has become known for presenting chamber music concerts on the highest level, and I’m honored once again to welcome a roster of such highly esteemed artists, all with international reputations of excellence, who will breathe their unique life into this wondrous music.

I hope you can join us this August!

Wilhelmina Smith, Founder & Artistic Director


All concerts are held at Darrows Barn, Round Top Farm, Business Route 1, Damariscotta.
Round Top Farm – a community facility owned and managed by the Damariscotta River Association.

August 9, 2016

Tuesday at 7:30pm
Pre-concert lecture – 6:30pm

Kaija Saariaho Nocturne (1994)
Kaija Saariaho Cloud Trio (2009)
Kaija Saariaho Je sens un deuxième coeur (2003)
Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Jonathan Crow & Jennifer Koh, violins
Alan Gilbert & Hsinyun Huang, violas
Wilhelmina Smith, Peter Wiley & Kajsa William-Olsson, cellos
Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano
Variation Trio (Jennifer Koh, Hsinyun Huang & Wilhelmina Smith)
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August 12, 2016

Friday at 7:30pm
Pre-concert lecture – 6:30pm

Joseph Haydn String Quartet Op. 103
Solo violin works from Jennifer Koh’s “Shared Madness” commissioning project
Marc Neikrug Ruminations *SBC commission & World Premiere*
Johannes Brahms Sextet for Strings in Bb, Op. 18

Jonathan Crow, Jennifer Frautschi & Jennifer Koh, violins
Hsinyun Huang & CarlaMaria Rodrigues, violas
Wilhelmina Smith & Peter Wiley, cellos
Variation String Trio, ensemble
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August 16, 2016

Tuesday at 7:30pm
Pre-concert lecture – 6:30pm

W. A. Mozart “Farewell” Aria K. 621
W. A. Mozart “Kegelstatt” Trio, K.498
W. A. Mozart Minuet, K1
Dmitri Shostakovich Suite on verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op. 145

Grigory Soloviov, bass baritone
CarlaMaria Rodrigues, viola
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano
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August 19, 2016

Friday at 7:30pm
Pre-concert lecture – 6:30pm

Shulamit Ran Clarinet Quintet (2016)
Leos Janáček Intimate Letters, String Quartet No. 2
Felix Mendelssohn Piano Quartet in B minor, Op. 3

Brentano String Quartet:
Mark Steinberg & Serena Canin, violins
Misha Amory, viola
Nina Maria Lee, cello

Thomas Sauer, piano
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
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Other Events

August 7, 2016

Sunday at 2:00pm
Off Topic!: Richard Wagner and The Ring of the Nibelung
Talk by Mark Mandarano, conductor, Salt Bay Chamberfest pre-concert lecturer and annotator, and professor at Macalester College

Held at St. Andrews Village, Boothbay Harbor

Richard Wagner envisioned his four opera cycle, The Ring of the Nibelung, as a fusion of artistic disciplines, which he called the Gesamtkunstwerk or Total Work of Art. Mandarano, Assistant Professor and Director of Instrumental Music at Macalester College, will give a talk that outlines the mythology, drama, poetry, philosophy, history, biography, theory—and, of course, the musical innovations—that interact with Wagner’s magnum opus.

The event is open to the public free of charge.

August 14, 2016

Sunday at 12:00pm noon
Off Topic!: Big Ideas Writ Small: The Miniatures of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Talk by Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Salt Bay Chamberfest guest pianist

Held at Maine Coast Book Shop & Café, Main Street, Damariscotta

In this informal presentation Ignat Solzhenitsyn reads and discusses his father’s early and late miniatures (prose poems).

The event is open to the public free of charge.

August 18, 2016

Thursday at 5:00pm
Musical Lobster Bake
Enjoy a traditional Maine lobster bake followed by musical treats from the Brentano String Quartet, held at Darrows Barn.

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August 19, 2016

Friday at 3:00pm
Maine student quartets will be coached by cellist Nina Maria Lee and violinist Serena Canin of the Brentano String Quartet.
Held at the Schooner Cove Retirement Community in Damariscotta
The event is open to the public free of charge.

August 20, 2016

Saturday at 10:30am

Family Educational Concert
Salt Bay Chamberfest will offer an interactive and fun family concert 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.
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Calendar Listing

August 7, Sunday

2:00pm: Off Topic! Talk by Mark Mandarano (St. Andrews Village)

August 9, Tuesday

6:30pm: Pre-Concert Talk
7:30pm: Concert

August 12, Friday

6:30pm: Pre-Concert Talk
7:30pm: Concert

August 14, Sunday

12:00pm: Off Topic! Talk by Ignat Solzhenitsyn (Maine Coast Book Shop & Café)

August 16, Tuesday

6:30pm: Pre-Concert Talk
7:30pm: Concert

August 18, Thursday

5:00pm: Musical Lobster Bake

August 19, Friday

3:00pm: Masterclass for Strings (Schooner Cove Retirement Community)
6:30pm: Pre-Concert Talk
7:30pm: Concert

August 20, Saturday

10:30am: Family Concert (Skidompha Library)

2016 Musicians









Season Subscription Plus Pass $135
Includes admission into four evening concerts, pre-concert lectures, open rehearsals, family concert (bring unlimited guests!), and more

Season Subscription $100
Includes admission into four evening concerts and pre-concert lectures

Single Concert Ticket $30 General Admission/$5 Students with valid ID
Includes admission into concert and pre-concert lecture

August 9, 2016 7:30pm
August 12, 2016 7:30pm
August 16, 2016 7:30pm
August 19, 2016 7:30pm

Musical Lobster Bake
Thursday, August 18, 5:00pm

Family Concert
Saturday, August 20, 10:30am
$5 adults (kids come free!)
or bring a canned good for each person in your party and everyone comes free!

Benefit Concert
Sunday, July 10, 4:00pm


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.