Bay Chamber Concerts has announced its Summer 2017 Concert Series and Screen Door Festival program. Running from Thursday, July 13, to Aug. 20, Bay Chamber will present more than 30 events, spanning many musical genres, in Rockport and Camden.

Bay Chamber’s Summer Concert Series and Screen Door Festival celebrate great music, atmospheric venues and a unique heritage of world-class music-making on the coast of Maine. There are many possible pathways through this diverse and celebratory season. Tickets to the concerts, including subscriptions and money saving passports, are now available at

Programming focuses on Beethoven’s great works for string quartet, piano trio and cello/piano duo including performances by Chiara and Attacca quartets, as well as by the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award winner Gilles Vonsattel with clarinetist Todd Palmer and the astonishing Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi. The passionate creativity of Brahms’ music also enriches the program in multiple concerts including what will be an intense and intimate performance of Brahms’ D Minor Violin Sonata by the dazzling young violinist Ben Beilman and pianist Haochen Zhang in Union Hall as part of the Café Nights Series.

There are stories — personal, universal and love-affirming — woven through pieces and concert programs throughout the summer, culminating with “Apollo and Daphne,” the season finale. New music and cherished masterpieces, much-loved friends and artists making their Bay Chamber debuts all come together this summer to share stories through music.

Bay Chamber’s Screen Door Festival, offering multiple performances each day Aug. 16 through 20, is a five-day musical gathering featuring fresh performances by world-renowned musicians, all in a distinctly relaxed summer-in-Maine atmosphere. Speaking about the festival, Artistic Director Manuel Bagorro said “while you can get your Bach, Beethoven or Brahms fix at the festival, you will also experience novel, one-of-a-kind creative happenings — events that connect audience and artists through music.”

Each Screen Door day starts with Bach for Breakfast, a conversation concert with acclaimed violinst and pedagogue Cynthia Miller Freivogel performing and discussing J.S. Bach and his contemporaries of the Baroque era.

Also on the summer schedule are free community concerts including a performance in Rockport Marine Park by Creative Ensemble Collective; a recital by cellist Christopher Costanza at Zoot Coffee; and a free concert on Megunticook Lake Saturday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. featuring Brown Rice Family. A world roots band jamming towards global solidarity and organic happiness, Brown Rick Family will play off a dock where boaters, kayakers and even paddle boarders can join the flotilla and groove to their reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, afro beat, jazz stylings, rock, Brazilian, Latin and funk styles.

For more information on tickets, sponsorships and schedule, visit the website or call 236-2823.

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