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Screen Door Summer Music Festival

Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 at 10:00am

Various Venues in Rockport
Rockport, ME 04856

Screen Door is a five-day musical extravaganza along one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. It features fresh performances by world-renowned musicians, presented in intimate venues, all in a distinctly relaxed summer-in-Maine atmosphere.

Screen Door welcomes you to vibrant variety. While you can get your Bach, Beethoven or Brahms fix at the festival, you will also experience novel, one-of-a-kind creative happenings — summer fun for audience and artists alike.

And Screen Door is a destination. Look out at Midcoast Maine’s craggy and rugged shoreline, a bay dotted with hundreds of uninhabited islands, and a crown of pined mountains. The musical venues are approachable, sometimes historic, and always New-England-beautiful. And this high-note of summer is famously laid back: Leave stodgy behind, wander around with a glass of wine and introduce yourself to the young artists who just opened their doors to you.

Schedule:

10:00am: Bach for Breakfast Part 5 – A Culmination

The final part of our 2019 series exploring Bach and his contemporary resonance presents a complete performance of the composer’s monumental D minor Partita.

BACH Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Coffee and muffins are available before the concert.

Location: Union Hall, Rockport

Tickets: Adults $30; Under age 25 $10

1:00pm: Piano and Winds

Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Laura Weiner, horn
Brab Balliett, bassoon

Romie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Laura Weiner is a passionate horn player and advocate for classical music. Brad Balliett, described as ‘impressive‘ by The New Yorker, is a musical omnivore, focusing equal parts of his diverse career on composing, playing bassoon, and teaching artistry. This newly connected community of diverse musicians comes together at our Screen Door Festival for a fascinating program that includes the World Premiere of Nested Elegy for horn and piano by Brad Balliett, Isang Yun’s Trio for clarinet, horn and bassoon, solo piano repertoire, and Free But Miserable, a set of five Viennese-style waltzes reimagined through a 21st century American perspective and also composed by Brad.

Location: Union Hall, Rockport

Tickets: Adults $30; Under age 25 $10

6:00pm: Season Finale – As One

Elise Quagliata, mezzo soprano
Jesse Blumberg, baritone

Maxwell String Quartet

Colin Scobie, violin
George Smith, violin
Elliott Perks, viola
Duncan Strachan, cello

Alexandra Enyart, conductor

A concert performance of this highly significant chamber opera that chronicles the experiences of a transgender person named Hannah—from her youth in a small city to her college years on the West Coast, and finally to Norway where she is surprised at what she learns about herself. Hannah is played by Elise Quagliata, a mezzo soprano who has gained notice for the unique beauty of her voice and the riveting effect she has on audiences everywhere, and baritone Jesse Blumberg, "easily one of the finest concert and recital singers of our generation." (I Care If You Listen) Directed by rising orchestral and opera conductor, Alexandra Enyart, the singers are joined by the acclaimed Maxwell String Quartet for this special Gala concert performance to close our season.

COMPOSER & CONCEPT Laura Kaminski

LIBRETTISTS Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed

Location: Rockport Opera House, Rockport

Tickets: Adults $60; Under age 25 $10

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