Salt Bay Chamberfest

Founded in 1995 by cellist Wilhelmina Smith, Salt Bay Chamberfest has remained true to its fundamental principles and earned a reputation for making artistic statements of the first class. Smith believes that musical programs can be crafted in such a way that they highlight larger ideas, be they musical, historical, political, or generally human. Cutting across a large swath of musical styles, the programs at Chamberfest embrace music from the Renaissance to the present day and regularly feature the music of living composers. Rather than bringing an audience a sequence of performances, this kind of program creates an experience that can be thought-provoking and profoundly moving long after leaving the concert hall.

A Magnificent Setting

All of the performances take place in an ideal acoustical setting that is nevertheless very much of a piece with the beautiful surroundings on the coast of Maine: the concert hall is a converted cow barn perched on the banks of the Great Salt Bay in Damariscotta. By day, visitors to the region have their fill of lobster, enjoy a walk along the dramatic coastline or visit one of Maine’s many famed lighthouses, and in the evening they come to hear the finest music imaginable in a setting that exudes all of the rustic charm one could possibly desire.

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