Bay Chamber Concerts has announced its 2016 Screen Door Music Festival, running Aug. 17 through 21 and offering more than 24 events in five days. The fest’s new name reflects the inviting, summery gatherings that are so much a part of Maine, while engaging audiences with a riveting lineup. Fittingly, the fest’s new tagline is The Sounds of Summer.

“Screen Door now has a perfect identity for a festival that brings world-renowned musicians to these intimate venues, all in a super relaxed, summer-in-Maine atmosphere,” said Manuel Bagorro, Bay Chamber’s artistic director. “I think this year’s roster of artists really shows that Screen Door has a bright future indeed.”

Each day of Screen Door begins with Bach for Breakfast, a series of lecture recitals exploring the strange beauty in Bach’s Goldberg Variations by pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

Several quartets will perform monumental classical repertoire, as well as innovative new music. Asylum Saxophone Quartet opens the festival with a contemporary fanfare, performs a concert of new music and plays a free picnic concert on Camden’s Village Green. Chiara String Quartet performs Brahms and work by contemporary composer Jefferson Friedman; first violinist Rebecca Fischer also performs in a new multi-media work with dance and video projections produced by visual artist Anthony Hawley and premieres new works for solo violin by composers including Nico Muhly and Paola Prestini. The return of the St. Lawrence String Quartet is marked with a Gala Benefit Concert of Haydn, Adams and Beethoven; and the two quartets combine for Mendelssohn Octet Experience, a lecture recital celebrating one of the miracles of 19th-century music.

And the throbbing funk grooves, fiery Balkan brass, Gypsy accordion wizardry and virtuoso jazz chops of New York’s brass band Slavic Soul Party! Will cause ripples in an unprecedented, free musical happening on Megunticook Lake.

“This is so much more than chamber music,” Bagorro said. “It is a creative mashup and a celebration along one of the most beautiful shorelines in the world.”

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