ROCKLAND – Thomas Wolf, co-founder and artistic director of Bay Chamber Concerts, has announced the lineup of musical artists for its 47th Summer Music Festival. There will be a total of 18 classical chamber, film and jazz concerts in Rockport and Rockland.
Highlights of the season include four programs by the Vermeer Quartet, whose members will be retiring at the end of this year.
Also returning will be the St. Lawrence String Quartet for four concerts, including two with legendary pianist Menahem Pressler. Bay Chamber Concerts will premiere a new film score it commissioned by Stephen Prutsman, and will welcome back popular events including Baroque, First Chair All Stars and Andrew Wolf Award Winner concerts.
Weekly programs in July and August will be offered Wednesdays at the Strand Theatre in Rockland and Thursdays at the Rockport Opera House. The Strand will serve as home for two films with live music in addition to jazz and classical concerts. The Rockport Opera House, Bay Chamber Concerts’ longtime home, will host classical and vocal concerts.
The first event of the Summer Music Festival will be a concert on July 3 featuring the Young Stars of Maine, bringing together the 2007 winners of Bay Chamber Concerts’ annual prize program for talented young Maine musicians.
The Opera House Opening Night on July 5 features audience favorite Jim Campbell, clarinet, with violist Roberto Diaz, director of the Curtis Institute of Music, and pianist Paul Stewart. Last year’s event with Campbell was so popular the company added seating on stage to allow additional patrons to attend.
Jazz is highlighted on July 11 with the Sante Fe Guitar Quartet. The group is not from the Sante Fe in New Mexico, but the one in Argentina. They’ll perform a mix of Latin, jazz and classical music at the Strand Theatre.