Soprano Janinah Burnett will perform in the Bar Harbor Music Festival’s annual pops concert at the Bar Harbor Club on July 10. PHOTO COURTESY OF BH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Bar Harbor Music Festival starts second week

BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Music Festival audience favorite, pianist Christopher Johnson, will play at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church on Friday, July 8, at 8 p.m. as the festival moves into its second week.

Johnson will perform music by Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy, as well as Gershwin’s dazzling and powerful “Rhapsody in Blue.” Michael Sherwin, music critic of the “Epoch Times” said of Johnson’s performance of the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta on June 4,“Johnson’s technical accuracy was irreproachable; his rip-roaring coda to the finale was electrifying.”

The musical festivities will continue with the annual pops concert at the Bar Harbor Club on Sunday, July 10, at 8 p.m. Soprano Janinah Burnett, mezzo-soprano Fenlon Lamb, baritone Keith Harris and pianist Cara Chowning will perform “Dinner at Don Juan’s” with gems by Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Harold Arlen and George Gershwin. An optional pre-concert buffet dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m. at the club.

The 33rd annual new composers’ concert, “Summer Sounds,” will take place at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church on Wednesday, July 13, at 8 p.m. The concert introduces the North/South Consonance Duo, violinist Claudia Schaer and pianist Max Lifchitz. Among the leaders in championing new music, the duo will be heard in a program of works by Luciano Berio, Augusta Read Thomas, Muhly, Lifchitz (world premiere), Daria Semegen and Edmund Cionek (world premiere).

This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. Prior to the concert, the 20th annual new composers’ forum will be held at the church on Tuesday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m.

Recital tickets are $25 and student tickets are $15. Pops, jazz, and gala are $45. Opera tickets are $35, $45, $50 and $80. All tickets entitle the purchaser to a reserved seat. The pre-concert dinner price, $45, includes tax and gratuity. Children 12 and under enter free. A Season Subscription for $350 saves 20 percent off the single reserved ticket price and gets the best seats in the house, as well as entrance to rehearsals, lecture-demonstrations and a private performance.

Contact Bar Harbor Music Festival at The Rodick Building, 59 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1800, at 288-5744 or at

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