Salt Bay Chamberfest opens its 2012 Festival, Time Passing, on Tuesday, August 14 at 7:30 pm at the Darrows Barn at Round Top, Damariscotta. This first of four concerts in the Festival sets the tone with some Schubert songs on youth, time and death, Lukas Foss’ epic work, “Time Cycle” and a late Brahms work, the Clarinet Trio, Op. 114. Performers in the first concert include Susan Narucki, soprano; Daniel Druckman, percussion (New York Philharmonic and Chair of Juilliard’s percussion department); Thomas Sauer, piano; Burt Hara, clarinet (principal clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra); and Wilhelmina Smith, cellist and artistic director of Salt Bay Chamberfest. Concert sponsor First Advisors will hold a post-concert reception in the lobby of the barn, so that audience members can linger, enjoy refreshments and meet the musicians.
The 2012 Festival continues with concerts on Friday, August 17, Sunday, August 19 and Friday, August 24, all at 7:30 at the Darrows Barn at Round Top. The Brentano String Quartet, described by the Los Angeles Times as “brilliant, virtuosic,” will play its “Fragments” project on August 17, which was co-commissioned by over a dozen chamber music organizations across the country, including Salt Bay Chamberfest, Carnegie Hall and Houston DaCamera. In “Fragments: Connecting Past and Present,” the Quartet performs fragmentary compositions by such masters of the past as Mozart, Schubert, Bach and Schoenberg and six living composers–including Bruce Adolphe, Vijay Iyer, Sofia Gubaidulina and John Harbison–invited to respond with new works inspired by the fragments.
On Sunday, August 19, New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert will make a rare appearance as violinist at the Festival, performing in one of Richard Strauss’ last works, “Metamorphosen,” a rumination on the destruction and change wrought by World War II. Salt Bay Chamberfest’s final concert of the 2012 Festival, on Friday, August 24, features the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by composer Roger Zare, along with “Static” by Sebastian Currier and the Chausson Piano Quartet. Series tickets for all four concerts are $100. Single concert tickets are $30. Students are always admitted for free. You can order online at www.saltbaychamberfest.org, or call 207-522-3749.