Composer Francis Fortier, founder of the Bar Harbor Music Festival. PHOTO COURTESY OF BAR HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL

Music festival closes 56th season with strings, soloists 

BAR HARBOR — The historic 1932 Criterion Theatre and the Jesup Memorial Library outdoor tent are the settings for the Bar Harbor Music Festival’s fourth and final week of music.  

At 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, flutist Hawk Henries performs and shares cultural traditions at the Jesup. Henries is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now southern New England. This free Young Audience Concert is made possible by grants from the Onion Foundation, Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust and the Maine Arts Commission. 

Following three weeks of recitals, opera, jazz and chamber music, the festival’s Director Maestro Francis Fortier leads the Festival String Orchestra in two concerts for strings by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Elgar, Holst and more. Maestro Fortier takes up his baton for concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, and Sunday, July 24, at the Criterion Theatre.  

Audience members will hear Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik on Friday and the melodies of the Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky on Sunday.  

On Friday, Kayoung An will perform the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Felix Mendelssohn, and Kirsten Jermé and Carolyn Jeselsohn will perform the Vivaldi Concerto in G Minor, RV 531. On Sunday, Concertmaster Janey Choi (of the Ardelia Trio) performs the Bach Double Concerto BWV 1043 with Principal Second Violinist Erika Atchley.  

Fogtown Brewery, next door to the Criterion, is providing a special pre-concert buffet with cash bar on Sunday starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $30 ($15 for students) for Friday’s event and $45 ($15 for students) for Sunday’s gala.  

For tickets and information, visit or contact Bar Harbor Music Festival, The Rodick Building, 59 Cottage St., Bar 

Harbor, 04609, (207) 288-5744 or [email protected] 

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