MIDCOAST — The acclaimed Cassatt String Quartet returns to the 18th Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music for two local in-person recitals. Bringing chamber music to the local community, the Cassatts’ recitals will take place Monday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall, Vinalhaven School, 22 Arcola Lane, Vinalhaven; and Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., Belfast. The repertoire, supporting Seal Bay Festival’s mission of making American chamber music a living experience, will include works by leading American composers Victoria Bond, Shirish Korde, Andy Teirstein and Sato Matsui.

Acclaimed as one of America’s outstanding ensembles, the New York City-based all-female Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout the world, with appearances at Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York; the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.; Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris; Centro National de las Artes, Mexico City; Maeda Hall, Tokyo; and more. Ursula Oppens, a legend among American pianists, is widely admired particularly for her original and perceptive readings of new music, but also for her knowing interpretations of the standard repertoire. No other artist alive today has commissioned and premiered more new works for the piano that have entered the permanent repertoire.

Both recitals are open to the public. The Vinalhaven performance is free admission with a suggested donation of $10; while Belfast has a $10 admission. Learn more at sealbayfestival.org.