The Kennebec Early Music Festival

Chamber music on historic instruments with pre-concert discussions

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Musicians of national and international renown from San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Portland, and Bath, will perform at the Kennebec Early Music Festival, Aug 15-20. Hear the music of the Renaissance masters, as well as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert on historic instruments: Renaissance lute and theorbo, Baroque violin and violoncello, Flemish harpsichord, and two different Viennese fortepianos. George Bozarth is artistic director.

The Kennebec Early Music Festival is supported by grants from the Edgard and Geraldine Feder Foundation, the Davenport Family Trust, and the Maine Arts Commission, with major sponsorships from Bath Savings Trust Company and William Raveis/Carleton Real Estate.

General admission tickets are $25; $20/seniors (65+ or retired) and $10/young adults (ages 16-25). Children ages 7-15 may attend free of charge – when accompanied by an adult. Advance tickets are available at, Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.

“Bach Unaccompanied”

Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington Street, Bath

Wednesday, Aug. 16 at Linden Tree Meeting House, Phippsburg Congregationalist Church, Church Lane, Phippsburg.

Pre-concert discussion, 6:45 p.m.: “Bach’s Violin” with Elizabeth Blumenstock and George Bozarth.

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) in the 7:30 p.m. concert: “Violoncello Suite No. 5 in C minor,” BWV 1011; “French Suite in G major,” BWV 816; “Concerto in the Italian Style in F major,” BWV 971 and “Partita No. 2 in D minor,” BWV 1004, including the virtuosic Ciaccone.

Musicians: Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin (Andrea Guarneri, Cremona, 1660); Sarah Frieberg, violoncello (John Joseph Merlin, London, 1784); Linda Skernick, harpsichord (in the Franco-Flemish tradition); Tamara Friedman, fortepiano (after J. A. Stein, Augsburg, 1780)

“What then is love . . .: Music in the Time of Shakespeare”

Thursday, Aug. 17 and Friday, Aug. 1

Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church, Bath; and Friday at Linden Tree Meeting House, Phippsburg.

Pre-concert discussion, 6:45 p.m.: “Elizabethan Music” with Timothy Burris, lute, and George Bozarth, moderator.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will be composed of: Intimate Lute Pieces and Songs by Francesca and Giulio Caccini, Joachim Thibault de Courville, Gabriel Bataille, Pierre Guédron, Philip Rosseter, Thomas Campian, Robert Johnson, and Thomas Morley; Elizabeth Marshall, soprano, and Timothy Burris, Renaissance lute and theorbo.

“The Sound of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, & Schubert”

Saturday, Aug. 19 - Linden Tree Meeting House, Phippsburg, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 20 – Grace Episcopal Church, Bath, at 3 p.m.

Pre-concert “discussion”: George Bozarth and Tamara Friedman on piano and fortepiano – 6:45 p.m. on Saturday; and 2:15 p.m. on Sunday

The concert – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday - Beethoven, “Variations on Handel’s See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes,” WoO 45; Schubert, Five German Lieder: “An die Musik – Die junge Nonne – Frühlingsglaube – Auf dem Wasser zu singen – Ständchen;”  Haydn, “Gypsy Piano Trio in G major,” Hob. XV:25; Mozart, “Violin Sonata in G major/minor,” K. 379; Haydn, “Three Scottish Folk Songs for Voice, Violin, Violoncello, and Fortepiano: How Pleasant the Banks – John Anderson, my Jo – The Moon Climb’d the Highest Hill.”

Elisabeth Marshall, soprano, with musicians Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Sarah Frieberg, violoncello; Tamara Friedman, fortepiano (after Anton Walter, Vienna, 1795).

Contact Bethel Keith at 207-504-6860 or for more information.



Event Date: 
Tue, 08/15/2017 - 7:30pm