Brass Venture will perform Tuesday, July 3, at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church at 8 p.m. It's the opening night concert of the Bar Harbor Music Festival PHOTO COURTESY OF BHMF

Brass Venture to open Music Festival

BAR HARBOR — Brass Venture presents the opening night concert of the Bar Harbor Music Festival, set for Tuesday, July 3, at 8 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church.

The program, sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, will feature Eric Ewazen’s “Acadia” (2016). Ewazen is composer-in-residence at the Juilliard School.

The ensemble includes Erich Ledebuhr and Jeffrey Hoefler on trumpet, Hilary Ledebuhr on french horn, Jamison Clark on trombone and Chip Halt on the tuba.

Brass Venture plays an eclectic mix of traditional works from the Renaissance and classical era along with blues and other modern pieces.

“Individually they are expressive, technically impressive performers,” Ewazen said of the group. “And together they form an ensemble which gives such exciting performances.”

Tea Concert

The Maine Seacoast Mission’s Colkett Center on Eden Street will be the setting for the Festival’s opening day tea concert on Sunday, July 1 at 4 p.m. Soprano April Martin and pianist Cara Chowning present music by Schubert, Debussy, Fauré, Richard Strauss, Granados and Bernstein. Tea will be served during intermission.

Martin returns to Bar Harbor after singing in the festival’s productions as Norina in Don Pasquale(2017), Zerlina in Don Giovanni(2016) and Musetta in La Boheme(2014).

She recently completed a year as the soprano resident artist with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She joins Virginia Opera as a Herndon Foundation emerging artist for the 2017-2018 season.

Chowning has served on the accompanying faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria, as well as the faculties of Simpson College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a new member of the vocal coaching faculty at Oklahoma City University and guest coach/conductor for the 2017-2018 season at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music/Kansas City Lyric Opera Apprentice Program.

Chowning is the music director of the Bar Harbor Music Festival Opera Theatre, which will present “Hansel and Gretel” on July 20 at the Criterion.

Tickets are $30, $15 for students. Pops, jazz, and gala tickets are $45. Opera tickets are $35, $50 and $80. All tickets entitle the purchaser to a reserved seat. The pre-concert dinner price, $45, includes tax and gratuity.

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