BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Music Festival’s 49th Season continues this week with two performances, a pops concert on Sunday and a new composers concert on Wednesday.
A pops concert, “How to Live Happily Ever After,” featuring soprano Janinah Burnett, baritone Keith Harris and pianists Cara Chowning and Brian Hogans, is set for the Great Room of the Bluenose Inn on Sunday, July 5, at 8 p.m. The concert includes music by Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hammerstein, George and Ira Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and others. An optional pre-concert buffet dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m. in the Bluenose Inn’s Rose Garden Restaurant.
The 32nd Annual New Composers Concert, “Our Voice: American Art Songs from the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century,” will mark baritone Daniel Neer’s festival debut. This concert, made possible by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, at 8 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. A New Composers forum will be held at the church on Tuesday, July 7, at 5:30 p.m. (free, voluntary contribution). William Carpenter, who teaches creative writing at the College of the Atlantic, will be a member of the panel.
The New Composers program will feature music by Samuel Barber, Ned Rorem, John Duke, Charles Ives, Amy Beach, Elliott Carter and others. There will be world premieres by Jonathan David, Edmund Cionek and Taylor Brook.
The audience is invited to a reception following the concert at the Argosy Gallery II, 6 Mount Desert St., to meet the artists and composers. The reception hostess is gallery owner Amy Sidman.
Regular tickets are $25 and student tickets are $15. “Pops,” Jazz and Gala tickets are $45. All tickets entitle the purchaser to a reserved seat. The pre-concert dinner price is $45, including tax and gratuity.
Call 288-5744 or email [email protected] Tickets can be purchased at www.barharbormusicfestival.org. The festival does not accept credit cards at the door. Tickets are also available at Testa’s Restaurant, The Bar Harbor Inn Gift Shop and Sherman’s Books and Stationery.