Bay Chamber Concerts is taking music to the street this summer, literally, with an all-out celebration of music-making including free outdoor activities for all ages and outstanding concert hall and cafe concerts featuring works ranging from Brahms and Beethoven to contemporary and world jazz.

Bay Chamber’s inaugural Summer Festival will run Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 14 through 18. Participating artists include Grammy winner jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill, the Miró Quartet, clarinetists David Krakauer and Jose Franch-Ballester, jazz saxophonist Bill McHenry, pianist Ran Dank and well-loved violinists Geoff Nuttall, Benjamin Beilman and Livia Sohn.

“Our 2013 festival is not only about presenting world-class performances in our concert venues; it’s also about free musical encounters in the streets, and in the places you visit every day,” said Bay Chamber Concerts Artistic Director Manuel Bagorro.

Summer Festival concerts begin Wednesday with two opening night options — a JS Bach & Son concert at 6 p.m. at Camden’s First Congregational Church, Elm Street/Route 1; and a lively, late-evening performance by Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra starting 9 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. The fest will continue through Sunday, Aug. 18, culminating in an evening performance of Poulenc's “La Voix Humaine,” an opera for solo soprano, performed by Camille Zamora at 7:30 p.m. at Rockport’s Brewster Point Barn. In total, the Summer Festival features 14 concerts.

Chamber music everywhere

On Wednesday, the festival's opening day, from noon to 2 p.m., Bay Chamber will brings great music out of the chamber. Students, faculty and alumni of Bay Chamber Music School, along with visiting musicians and local talent, will offer captivating mini-concerts in venues throughout Camden and Rockport.

Studio in the Street New York collective Found Sound Nation will tap everyone’s talents via its pop-up mobile street studio. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the festival, the team will set up a small mobile recording studio to link festival musicians with residents and visitors as we create new works together, downloadable the same day from the Bay Chamber Facebook page. The street studio will be up from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday on Camden’s Elm Street/Route 1; Thursday on Rockland’s Museum Street; and Friday on Rockport’s Central Street.

“Everyone connected with Bay Chamber Concerts believes in the transformative potential of music in our lives. Our community engagement program is part of our commitment to reaching as many people in our community as possible through the Concerts and Music School, particularly those with limited access to live music and creative opportunities,” said Bagorro.

Tickets and details are available at baychamberconcerts.org or by calling 236-2823 or (888) 707-2770.

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