The mission of Blue Hill Bach is to present historically informed performances, recordings, and educational programs that explore vocal and instrumental music of the Baroque, as well as repertoire that demonstrates the place of Baroque music within the continuum of music history. Blue Hill Bach draws upon musicians from Maine, greater New England, and across the U.S. who are specialists in Baroque performance practice. Players in the ensemble perform on original period instruments or replicas, creating a sound that is faithful to the composers’ intent. We are committed to including local artists in the ensemble, including students from area high schools and colleges. In 2013, we created the Marville Young Artist Fellowship, which provides an opportunity for a young artist who shows extraordinary promise as a Baroque musician to work closely with professional musicians and administrators in an intensive and collegial festival atmosphere.
On Friday, July 22 at 12 noon, Blue Hill Bach will present “Bach’s Lunch” in collaboration with the Blue Hill Public Library. Conductor John Finney and members of the ensemble will explore music on that evening’s Blue Hill Bach Festival program, “Pleasures of the Enchanted Island,” which focuses on the theme of the idyllic Arcadia in Baroque arts. This event, which is free to the public, will be in the Howard Room of the Blue Hill Library.
At 5:00 PM on July 22 at Mainescape Garden Center, Blue Hill Bach will lead the audience on a romp through the Arcadian countryside as depicted in music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, Henry Purcell, and George Frideric Handel. The Blue Hill Bach “Baroque Cafe” will serve wine, beer, and refreshments in a casual outdoor setting.