Chamber musicians from the Kneisel Hall programs in Blue Hill will perform at St. John Church on July 23.

Kneisel Hall chamber music to come to St. John Church

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A Kneisel Hall chamber concert will be presented by the Southwest Harbor Public Library at St. John Church on Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m. The concert is a good opportunity to hear one of the most significant chamber music programs in the country and to see students perform who are about to move on to major orchestras and chamber groups.

Kneisel Hall, located in Blue Hill, offers a summer of Festival Concerts, which began in 1902 when Franz Kneisel, founder of the first professional string quartet in America, began bringing students to his Maine vacation home for summer study.

A summer for the young artists is intense; the logistics are intricate. The major focus is ensemble playing and the cooperation and communication that chamber music requires. The young artists are assigned to two ensembles each session, each of which culminates in a series of exciting and compelling concerts. For the young artists, the time spent in Maine is uninterrupted time for growth, experimentation and working with others of the highest caliber.

In 2002, Kneisel Hall became a full scholarship festival thus ensuring classes of exceedingly gifted students.

This performance is free as part of Kneisel Hall’s outreach programs. Call the library at 244-7065.

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