Acclaimed by Phi Beta Baton as “…one of the nation’s proving grounds for gifted young artists,” the Bar Harbor Music Festival has gained national recognition for providing essential performance opportunities for outstanding up-and-coming talent. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season in 2016, the Festival presents recitals, chamber music, pops, opera, new composers, jazz, and string orchestra concerts, along with an open forum, lecture-demonstrations, a Young Audience Series, and outreach programs, such as the free outdoor concert in Acadia National Park.
During the past 49 years, the Bar Harbor Music Festival has established deep cultural roots in the community. In 2016, the 50th Anniversary Season will feature world premieres of two pieces inspired by Acadia National Park and commissioned by the Bar Harbor Music Festival.
“Scenes from the Great Park” by Eric Ewazen, Composer-in-Residence at the Juilliard School, will have its premiere on Opening Night, July 6, performed by Brass Venture. “Songs of the Sky” by Edmund Cionek, the Festival’s Composer-in-Residence, will be debuted on July 27 at the 44th Annual Acadia National Park Outdoor Concert at Blackwoods Campground Amphitheater. Native American George Neptune will be the Vocal Soloist and Francis Fortier will conduct the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra. “Songs of the Sky” will also be performed at the Festival Gala on Sunday, July 31, at the Bar Harbor Club, including an optional pre-concert buffet dinner.