The eleventh biennial Seal Bay Festival of American of Chamber Music will run from Saturday, June 8, to Saturday, June 22, presenting concerts and workshops, primarily on the Midcoast. Concerts will feature recent chamber music by American composers, and workshops will explore the creative process with regional artists, musicians and school students.

Performers in residence will include the Cassatt String Quartet, pianist Adrienne Kim of New York and Marc Johnson of Cushing, founding cellist of the Vermeer Quartet. Composers in residence will include Daniel Strong Godfrey (Syracuse University), Pierre Jalbert (Rice University), Mari Kimura (New York City) and Harold Meltzer (Vassar College).

Workshops, MPBN radio

A workshop/performance for school children from Vinalhaven will be held Tuesday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Vinalhaven School. A colloquium with festival musicians and regional artists and musicians will be held Wednesday, June 19, at 4 p.m. at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, with a reception to follow. A broadcast with live performance will be heard Thursday, June 20, at 11 a.m. on Maine Public Broadcasting Network radio; later that afternoon at the Rockport Opera House, festival musicians will hold a master class for student musicians.

Concerts in Vinalhaven, Belfast, Rockport

Concert programs will include Kimura’s I-“Quadrifoglio” for string quartet and interactive computer; Godfrey’s “To Mourn, To Dance” (string quintet with second cello); Jalbert’s “Secret Alchemy” for piano violin and cello; and Meltzer’s “Kreisleriana” for violin and piano. All composers on the program will be in attendance for all concerts and will introduce their own works.

The concerts will be: Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. in the Smith Hokanson Hall of Vinalhaven School, 22 Arcola Lane; Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., Belfast; Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital room of Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.; and Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m. at Ogunquit’s Dunaway Community Center. The concert on Vinalhaven also includes a structured improvisation by a group of students from the island.

Tickets for the Midcoast concerts are a $10 suggested donation. Tickets for the Ogunquit concert are $16, $14 in advance; $12 for senior citizens; and free for students younger than 19. For more information about the concerts and workshops presented during the Seal Bay Festival, call 863-2230 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or