Bar Harbor Music Festival opens with Tea Concert

Pianist Cara Chowning will play at the Opening Day Tea Concert of the Bar Harbor Music Festival at the Maine Sea Coast Mission campus on June 28. She will be joined by baritone Chad Sloan PHOTO COURTESY OF BH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Pianist Cara Chowning will play at the Opening Day Tea Concert of the Bar Harbor Music Festival at the Maine Sea Coast Mission campus on June 28. She will be joined by baritone Chad Sloan

BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Music Festival’s Opening Day Tea Concert will take place at the Maine Sea Coast Mission’s picturesque campus on Sunday, June 28, at 4 p.m.

The concert, featuring baritone Chad Sloan and pianist Cara Chowning, will include Beethoven lieder and Poulenc art song, as well as Satie’s Gymnopédies Numbers 1, 2 and 3, performed by Chowning.

Sloan recently joined the faculty at the University of Louisville. He has sung with Kentucky Opera, Louisville Choral Arts Society, Dayton Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, Anchorage Opera, New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Opera, Aspen Opera Theater and Tacoma Opera.

Equally at home in vocal and instrumental repertoire, Chowning is in demand as a coach and collaborative artist. She has performed extensively throughout the United States, South America and Europe as duo partner, chamber musician and orchestral pianist. Chowning is well-known to festival audiences as the music director of the Bar Harbor Music Festival Opera Theatre.

Brass Venture returns for the 12th consecutive season for Opening Night on Tuesday, June 30, at 8 p.m. “Brass Through the Ages,” sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, will be held at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church.

The celebrated brass quintet, Erich Ledebuhr and Jeffrey Hoefler, trumpets; Hilary Ledebuhr, French horn; Jamison Clark, trombone; and Chip Halt, tuba, will perform music by Giovanni Gabrieli, J.S. Bach, Ludwig Mauer, Puccini, Copland, Gershwin, W.C. Handy and John Philip Sousa, among others.

Ledebuhr has had early success in his career, having won both the Herbert Mueller Scholarship at Ithaca College and the Music Teachers National Association Wurlitzer Collegiate Brass Competition at the age of 21.

Hoefler is among the most active freelance trumpeters in New England. Credits include the Boston Chamber Ensemble, Principal Trumpet for the New England Philharmonic, Symphony by the Sea and the Hillyer Festival Orchestra.

Ledebuhr performs regularly with the Albany, New Hampshire, Portland, Hartford and Vermont Symphony Orchestras. She plays on a horn handmade by Charles Geyer in 1919.

Clark has performed in 46 states, Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. He has now settled in his native New England, where

he is principal trombone of the Plymouth Philharmonic and the Claffin Hill Symphony Orchestra.

Halt began his musical career at the age of seven with the piano. He moved on to study trumpet, trombone and bass trombone before finding his home with the tuba. He quickly won recognition, performing the Vaughn Williams Tuba Concerto with the Phoenix Symphony while only in his junior year of high school.

Pianist Steven Graff will make his festival début on Thursday, July 2, at 8 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. Lauded by The Chicago Sun Times as “a world class pianist,” he will perform works by Mozart, Schubert and Chopin among others.

Since his concerto début with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has appeared nine times, the Graff has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards and glowing critical praise. His appearances on the Nickelodeon Channel and the QE2 enlightened audiences.

In addition to their public performances, Sloan, Chowning, Brass Venture and Graff will present lecture-demonstrations for 27 members of the tour group Road Scholars, who will be in-residence at the festival June 28-July 3.

Regular tickets are $25, and student tickets are $15. Pops, jazz and gala tickets are $40; opera tickets are $80, $50, $45 and $30. All tickets entitle the purchaser to a reserved seat. The pre-concert dinner price, $45, includes tax and gratuity. A season subscription for $300 saves over 20 percent off the single reserved ticket price and gets you the best seats in the house.

For tickets and information, contact Bar Harbor Music Festival at The Rodick Building, 59 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1800; 207-288-5744; or [email protected]. Tickets also can be purchased at The festival does not accept credit cards at the door. Tickets also are available in Bar Harbor at Testa’s Restaurant, The Bar Harbor Inn Gift Shop and Sherman’s Books & Stationery.

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