. Pianist Christopher Johnson will be the guest soloist performing on Friday, July 27, at 8 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BAR HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL

Music fest finale set

BAR HARBOR — The last chances to catch performances in the Bar Harbor Music Festival’s 52nd Season, its most ambitious festival to date, are the Bob Noonan Memorial Concert set for Friday, a festival gala concert Sunday and a final young audience concert Aug. 6.

The Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra will be heard at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor in the 14th annual Bob Noonan Memorial Concert on Friday, July 27, at 8 p.m.

Francis Fortier will conduct the string orchestra. Pianist Christopher Johnson will be the guest soloist performing Chopin’s Concerto in E Minor, opus 11 for Piano and Strings. J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, and the Suk String Serenade, opus 6 round out the evening.

The Festival Gala—an entirely separate program from Friday’s concert—is set for Sunday, July 29, at 8 p.m. at the College of The Atlantic’s Gates Center. Fortier will conduct and Jeffrey Ellenberger will be the assistant conductor in music by J.S. Bach, Scarmolin, Edmund Cionek and Benjamin Britten.

There will be dancing to the waltzes of Johann Strauss immediately following the concert.

An optional pre-concert buffet dinner will be offered at the Gates Center beginning at 6 p.m.

On Monday, Aug. 6, at 10:30 a.m., pianist and composer Deborah Fortier will present a free, interactive program for children of all ages at the Northeast Harbor library. “Callooh, Callay,” featured beloved poems for children set to music. Poets include Robert Louis Stevenson, e. e. cummings, Eleanor Farjeon, and more.

Visit www.barharbormusicfestival.org. Contact 288-5744 or [email protected].

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