Bar Harbor Music Festival soars into its third week

BAR HARBOR — Flutist Allison Kiger will headline the 35th annual Bar Harbor Music Festival New Composers Concert Friday, July 13, at 8:30 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. “Music for Flute, Viola and Harp from 1915 to the Present” will include works by Debussy, Patrick Zimmerli, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and a world premiere by Joshua Cody. Violist Ashleigh Gordon and harpist Maria Rindenello will accompany Kiger, who also curated the program.

She is principal flute with the South Florida Symphony and plays with the Allentown Symphony and orchestras and opera companies in the New York Metropolitan area. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, McGill University, Indiana University and with Claude Monteux at the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock. At the Monteux School, she initiated and ran an alumni concert series for 13 years.

Featured in International Musician Magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Improper Bostonian, Gordon performs regularly with the Callithumpian Consort, ECCE Ensemble and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and has performed and recorded with Switzerland’s Ensemble Proton and Germany’s Ensemble Modern. She is artistic director and violist of Castle of Our Skins, a series devoted to celebrating Black artistry.

Rindenello was a winner in the advanced division of the American Harp Society’s 18th national competition. Rindenello served as principal harp with Discovery Ensemble, participated in the Spoleto Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, as well as performing with the Callithumpian Consort, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble.

Guitarist Christopher Ladd will make his festival solo recital debut on Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. Fingerstyle Guitar described his playing as “rendered confidently and expressively.” Music by J.S. Bach, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Frank Wallace, Andrew York and Bryan Johansson is programmed.

Pianist Christopher Johnson will give his annual recital on Tuesday, July 17, at 8 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church featuring Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin.”

The festival’s 2018 free Young Audience Concerts will feature pianist Christopher Johnson in “A Real Rock ‘n’ Roller” on Saturday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library followed by soprano April Martin and pianist Cara Chowning in tunes and dances from Hansel and Gretel on Thursday, July 19, 10:30 a.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. The 2018 Young Audience Concert series is made possible in part by a grant from the Narragansett Number One Foundation.

Pianist Antonio Galera Lopez is returning by popular demand playing a recital of music by J.S. Bach, Franck, Debussy and Dutilleux at St. Saviour’s Church, Thursday, July 19 at 8 p.m.

A highlight of the summer will be a production of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” on Friday, July 20 at 8 p.m. at the 1932 Criterion Theatre. Directed by Fenlon Lamb, the cast consists of some of this country’s top young operatic talent.

The Festival’s Community Outreach Program will host two concerts at Birch Bay Retirement Community: Pianist Antonio Galera Lopez will perform there on July 17 and the Ardelia Trio will perform on July 19.

In Bar Harbor, tickets are $30 and student tickets are $15. Pops, jazz and gala tickets are $45. Opera tickets are $35, $50 and $80. The pre-concert dinner price, $45, includes tax and gratuity. A season subscription is available for $350.00.

For tickets and information, visit or call 288-5744.

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