The Ardelia Trio will play at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church on July 22. PHOTO COURTESY OF BH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Ardelia Trio opens festival weekend

BAR HARBOR — The Ardelia Trio, violinist Janey Choi, cellist Clara Yang and pianist Jihea Hong Park, will be center stage at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church on Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. for a program highlighted by Dimitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, opus 67. Other works on their program are Josef Suk’s Elegy, opus 23 and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, opus 11.

The Ardelia Trio hails from New York City, where each member received advanced degrees from The Juilliard School.

Prior to their July 22 concert, the trio will perform at Birch Bay Village on Thursday, July 21, at 3 p.m. under the aegis of the festival’s community outreach program. Before their July 22 performance, they will present a lecture-demonstration at the church at 1:30 p.m. for the 24 participants in a Road Scholar Tour Group and festival subscribers.

Pianist Margaret Mills, who spearheaded the festival’s new composers’ concerts from 1990-2006, is joining the festival’s 50th anniversary celebration with a program featuring the women composers Ruth Schonthal, Miriam Gideon and Amy Beach. Violinist Jeffrey Ellenberger and cellist Patricia Edens will collaborate with Mills in Beach’s Piano Trio, opus 150. This concert will be held at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church on Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m.

Prior to her 8 p.m. recital, Mills will present a lecture celebrating the woman composers Schonthal, Gideon and Beach at the church at 1:30 p.m. for the Road Scholar Tour Group and festival subscribers.

The Wolverine Jazz Band will appear for the 12th consecutive season at Jazz Night at the Jackson Laboratory Commons on Sunday, July 24, at 8 p.m. Their program, “New Orleans Dance Hall Memories,” is high on the nostalgia list of jazz fans. Bob Barta, banjo and vocals, will be the guest artist. A cash bar is available.

On Wednesday, July 27, at 8 p.m. (rain date July 28, 8 p.m.), the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra conducted by Francis Fortier will perform the 44th Annual Acadia National Park Outdoor Concert at Blackwoods Campground Amphitheatre in Otter Creek. Admission is free (voluntary contribution). Music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, Edmund Cionek (world premiere) and Josef Suk will be performed.

The orchestra will perform the world premiere of Cionek’s “Songs of the Sky” with Native American George Neptune as baritone soloist. Other soloists in this concert include oboist Gerard Reuter and violinist Ellenberger.

Public parking is not available at Blackwoods. Shuttle buses will depart from the Jackson Laboratory parking lot on Route 3 for the amphitheater every 10 minutes beginning at 6:45 p.m., returning during and after the concert.

Regular festival tickets cost $25, student $15. Pops, jazz and gala are $45. Children 12 and under are free.

Call 288-5744 or visit Tickets also are available at Sherman’s in Bar Harbor.



Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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