Sneak Peek!, Bay Chamber Concerts’ gala benefit for education, will take place Saturday, July 31 at 8 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House. 6 Central St. All proceeds will benefit the Bay Chamber Community Music School scholarship program.

Sneak Peek! will be a one-of-a-kind concert. Calliope, Bay Chamber’s Young Stars of Maine Prize-winning quartet, will play Mozart’s flute quartet with artistic director Thomas Wolf, who performed the same work during Bay Chamber’s first season — around the same age as the Calliope players. Wolf, who is beginning to wind down his schedule as a professional flutist, has had a distinguished career as musician, educator, consultant, author and administrator. A soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 16, he spent 16 seasons as the principal flutist and company manager of his Uncle Boris Goldovsky’s touring opera company. He is the author of “Presenting Performances” and other books and serves as an overseer of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Wolf founded Bay Chamber Concerts in 1960 with his late brother Andrew Wolf. In concerts and in the classroom, Bay Chamber seeks to pass along the rich musical heritage of classical chamber music to people of all ages and abilities, so that his final performance is alongside Calliope is more than fitting.

The Calliope quartet also will be joined by Bay Chamber’s resident string quartet the St. Lawrence in order to play the incomparable Mendelssohn Octet. Members of Calliope are Josie and Sophie Davis of Waldoboro, violins; Nathan Hillman of Monroe, viola; and Nora Willauer of Hope, cello. The St. Lawrence String Quartet members are Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John, violins; Leslie Robertson, viola; and Christopher Costanza, cello. When they are not touring the world or winning such competitions as the Banff International String Quartet Competition, all members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet live and teach at Stanford University in California’s Bay Area.

After the concert at the Rockport Opera House, concertgoers are invited to a special reception at Bay Chamber’s headquarters and home of the new Community Music School at Rockport’s Shepherd Block, 18 Central Str., located just down the hill from the opera house. Champagne and elegant edibles provided by Shepherd’s Pie chef Brian Hill will be served; and attendees will have the opportunity to tour the music studios, classrooms and recital hall that make up the new Community Music School facilities.

Sneak Peek! is sponsored by Eleanor Poe Barlow and Caroline E. Seamans. Tickets are $125, $85 of which is a tax deductible donation in support of scholarships. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Bay Chamber Concerts at 236-2823 or toll-free at 888 707-2770.

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