BH Music Festival wraps up with concert, gala

BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Music Festival’s golden anniversary season will conclude with two concerts by the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra on Friday, July 29, and Sunday, July 31.

The orchestra will perform the 12th annual Bob Noonan Memorial Concert at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church on Friday, July 29, at 8 p.m. Pianist Antonio Galera Lopez will be the guest soloist and will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, Kochel No. 467. Violinist Janey Choi and organist Frank Jacobson will be soloists in Vivaldi’s Concert in D Minor, RV 541 for Violin, Organ and String Orchestra.

Francis Fortier has been conductor of the Bar Harbor Music Festival String Orchestra since the festival’s programming expanded in summer 1984. An internationally recognized violinist, Fortier also has been active the last 32 years in various high school, college, university and community orchestras during his artist-in-residence programs in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states under the aegis of the Bar Harbor Music Festival’s national touring program.

The Festival Gala at the Bar Harbor Club on Sunday, July 31, at 8 p.m. will bring the curtain down on this year’s festival. Fortier will conduct the string orchestra in a performance of Edmund Cionek’s “Songs of the Sky,” inspired by the majesty of Acadia National Park and commissioned by the festival to celebrate the park’s centennial and the festival’s 50th anniversary. Native American George Neptune is the baritone soloist for the performance. Oboist Gerard Reuter and violinist Jeffrey Ellenberger are the soloists in Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor. Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” are also on the program. There will be dancing to the waltzes of Johann Strauss immediately following the concert. An optional preconcert buffet dinner will be offered at the club beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets for July 29 cost $25. Gala tickets cost $45. Student tickets cost $15, and children 12 and under are free. All tickets entitle the purchaser to a reserved seat. The preconcert dinner at the Bar Harbor Club on Sunday costs $45, which includes tax and gratuity. For tickets, contact the Bar Harbor Music Festival at The Rodick Building, 59 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1800, at 288-5744 or at [email protected]. Tickets also are available at as well as at Sherman’s in Bar Harbor.

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