‘Seeing Sound’ with Seal Bay Festival

Jul 06, 2017
Photo by: Anna Ablogina The first quartet in Juilliard’s Young Artists Quartet Program, the Cassatt String Quartet features, from left, Ah Ling Neu, viola; Elizabeth Anderson, cello; and Jennifer Leshnower and Muneko Otani, violin.

The 15th Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music returns to Maine Wednesday, July 12, through the 21st. Based on Vinalhaven, Seal Bay will present concerts and talks from Portland to Belfast.

Seal Bay’s goal is to make contemporary American chamber music vibrant for concert audiences, artists, composers, composition students and school children. The Seal Bay Festival Composer Institute offers a select group of college and conservatory level composers the opportunity to participate in a series of master classes with the distinguished guest faculty composers; and to have their works performed by the internationally celebrated Cassatt String Quartet.

This year, the festival explores the theme “Seeing Sound,” immersing individuals in the making of art, as well as simply in its appreciation. The 2017 participants include composers Augusta Read Thomas, Victoria Bond, Delvyn Case, Laura Kaminsky, Vineet Shende and Daniel Strong Godfrey; the resident Cassatt String Quartet; and visual artist Rebecca Allan. Music of beloved composer Elliot Schwartz will be featured July 18 through 20.

For more information, visit sealbayfestival.org. Following is a list of the Midcoast performances.


Sunday, July 16, at 17 p.m., there will be a Partners in Island Education fundraiser performance event at the Godfrey residence, Vinalhaven; see the website for details. Monday, July 17, at 6 p.m., there is a Composer Institute concert at the Vinalhaven School featuring works by Alvin Lok-Hei Tam, Alison Yun-Fei Jiang, Cody W. Forrest and Joydyn Gallinek. Donations are welcomed. Tuesday, July 18, at 7 p.m., there is a concert in the New Era Gallery’s Windy Way Barn featuring music by Thomas, Godfrey, Bond and Schwartz. Tickets are $15.


Wednesday, July 19, at 2:45 p.m., there is a free, public concert at Waldo County General Hospital featuring excerpts from the Thomas, Godfrey, Bond and Schwartz program.

The annual visit to Waterfall Arts begins the same day with a 4 to 5:30 p.m. colloquium for artists and composers; admission is $10. At 7 p.m., there will be a concert featuring music by Thomas, Godfrey, Bond, Schwartz, Shende and Peter McLaughlin. Donations are welcomed at the door.

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

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