Tea concert opens fest

BAR HARBOR — Baritone Keith Harris and pianist Cara Chowning will open the Bar Harbor Music Festival’s 50th Anniversary Season with a Tea Concert at the Maine Sea Coast Mission on Sunday, July 3, at 4 p.m.

The program will include music by Schumann, Ravel, Finzi, Quilter, John Jacob Niles, Rogers and Hammerstein, and John Sacco.

This season, Harris returned to the Metropolitan Opera for its production of “Lulu.” This coming season, he will sing at the Metropolitan Opera for “The Barber of Seville.”

Chowning has performed throughout the United States, South America and Europe as duo partner, chamber musician and orchestra pianist. She has served on the music staff of Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Cleveland, and the Bar Harbor Music Festival as assistant chorus master, staff pianist, coach and musical director.

She is a new member of the vocal coaching faculty at Oklahoma City University and guest coach for the 2015-2016 season at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music/Kansas City Lyric Opera Apprentice Program.

Brass Venture will appear for the 13th consecutive season for Opening Night at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church on Wednesday, July 6, at 8 p.m. Their program, sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, will celebrate the centennial of Acadia National Park with the world premiere of “Acadia” by Eric Ewazen, composer-in-residence at the Juilliard School. This Brass Quintet, inspired by the beauty and grandeur of Acadia National Park, will portray Cadillac Mountain, Precipice Trail, Jordan Pond and Thunder Hole with a roar.

The brass quintet (Erich Ledebuhr and Jeffrey Hoefler, trumpets; Hilary Ledebuhr, French horn; Jamison Clark, trombone; and Chip Halt, tuba) also will perform music by J.S. Bach, Bernstein, Copland, Prokofieff, Eddie DeLange and Louis Alter, as well as W.C. Handy.

Regular tickets are $25 and student tickets are $15. All tickets entitle the purchaser to a reserved seat. A season subscription for $350 saves 20 percent off the single reserved ticket price and gets you the best seats in the house, as well as entrée 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 www.barharbormusicfestival.org.

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