Sebago Long Lake Music Festival

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Country and Region United StatesMaine
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Harrison, Maine, USA
Festival Contact Information

Sebago Long Lake Music Festival
P. O. Box 544
Harrison, ME 04040 USA

Festival Description

The musicians are all string, wind or keyboard artists of the highest caliber, experienced and respected professionals who come year after year because they enjoy playing chamber music together, and who communicate this enjoyment to a devoted audience which has heard them perform many times. Participating artists come from all over the country, and have, in recent years, included principal players from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit and Indianapolis and Portland Symphonies, the Orpheus and St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestras, and members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, in addition to many well-known chamber artists.

The Festival presents a wide variety of chamber music. Every concert includes music for different, sometimes unusual instrumental combinations and from different periods ranging from the 17th century to the present. Familiar works are balanced with lesser known ones, and the programs are balanced within the season and from season to season to provide ongoing enjoyment and enrichment for the audience.

Historic Deertrees Theatre, located at the top of Long Lake in Harrison, Maine, is the picturesque setting for the Festival’s five-concert series on the last three Tuesday evenings in July and the first two in August. Originally built for summer theater and opera productions in the early thirties, the restored Deertrees offers superb acoustics and proximity to the stage that combine to bring the audience into close rapport with the musicians. In addition to the regular series concerts, which have been broadcast during the winter over the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, the Festival offers popular Music for Kids concerts at several locations in the region, and outreach performances in outlying towns.

Festival Dates July 16 - August 13, 2013
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Festival Story:

The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival is an organization devoted to presenting and promoting high-quality chamber music performances in the lake region of Western Maine. Founded in 1972 by bassoonist Homer Pence and other professional musicians who summered in the region, and administered by a board of local volunteers, the festival has grown into a well-known and popular institution. Continuity has been maintained since the early years through the ongoing involvement of a core group of musicians. Laurie Kennedy, Principal Violist of the Portland Symphony, is the present Music Director.


Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • Program I. July 16. Beethoven and the Mendelssohns
    • The opening program begins with Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op.18 No. 6, followed by Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor, and concludes with Felix Mendelssohn’s Quintet in B-Flat Major, scored for string quartet with an extra viola. Felix Mendelssohn and his older sister, Fanny were both formidable pianists and composers. They both studied and absorbed the string quartets of Beethoven. They both developed their own distinct voices, and both died in 1847, shortly after composing these masterpieces. But only Fanny was silenced in her own times. Cellist Elizabeth Anderson from NYC and violist Julie Whitton from Seattle join the SLLMF for the first time.
  • Program II. July 23. Passioni di Italia
    • Italian composers are known for their passion, but not necessarily for their chamber music. This program covers three centuries of passionate Italian chamber music, from an 18th century string trio by Boccherini to a trio for flute, violin and piano by Godfather soundtrack composer, Nino Rota. Opera greats Rossini and Verdi are also unexpected visitors to a chamber music concert. Rossini wrote his quartet for flute and strings as a fifteen-year old, pre-opera. Verdi’s wonderful string quartet is his only chamber work, and is performed this year in celebration of his 200th birthday. Expect relaxed, free-flowing, flirtatious, energetic, melodic, and above all passionate-in-the-Italian-style, music. Popular flutist Susan Rotholz stars in Rossini and Rota!
  • Program III. July 30 Mahler and Brahms
    • This program goes right to the heart of Germanic symphonic music, offering something for everyone. In honor of Wagner’s 200th birthday, the concert opens with the lyrical Adagio for Clarinet and Strings, attributed to Wagner, but, in fact, now confirmed to be written by the famous clarinetist, Baermann. Following are works by two more “full orchestra” giants, which were arranged by Arnold Schoenberg for small chamber groups: Johann Strauss’s Emperor Waltz, familiar to all, and Gustav Mahler’s haunting Songs of a Wayfarer, featuring well-known Boston baritone, David Kravitz. The concert concludes with the glorious Brahms masterpiece, the Piano Quintet in F Minor.
  • Program IV. August 6. Kruetzer Sonata
    • This concert, featuring Czech-flavored music, opens with Antonin Dvořák’s Cavatina and Cappricio for Two Violins and Viola - short carefree pieces, which set the stage for the drama to come. Leoš Janáček’s emotional String Quartet No.1 was inspired by Tolstoy’s novella, The Kruetzer Sonata. An idyllic family life is interrupted when a jealous husband, influenced by the passion of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata for Violin and Piano, is driven to murder his wife, whom he suspects is in love with the violinist with whom she is performing. When the Janáček quartet is finished and the grisly tale has been told, the audience will have an opportunity to hear and feel the full passion of a movement of that Beethoven sonata, performed by violinist Elsa Brown from Berlin, and pianist Mihae Lee of the Boston Chamber Music Society. Concluding this program is the Piano Trio in F Minor, in which Dvořák achieved a perfect blending of traditional forms with Czech national elements.
  • Program V. August 13. Fantasies
    • Dating back to the Renaissance, composers have used the Fantasy form to state a musical idea and then let their imaginations run free with it. Vaughan Williams’ Phantasy Quintet for Strings is a lyrical work of varied textures and moods which are all developed from a single musical phrase. Waltzes for Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass by contemporary composer Fred Lerdahl is a virtuosic and fantastical exploration of various waltz forms. Franz Schubert’s Octet for Strings, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn is a grand-scale work which runs the gamut from joyful exuberance to melancholy, and confirms Schubert’s inherent gift for melody. The Octet is a fitting ending for a whirlwind of a concert, and a fantastic grand finale for the 2013 season.
Outreach Concerts 2013:
  • Performances at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg are on Monday July 22 (Passioni di Italia) and Monday August 12 (Fantasies), at 7:30pm.
    • Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors (65+), $5 Students
      PAC Box Office: Mon-Fri 9:00-1:00 (207) 935-9232
  • Creating Stories in Music will be presented in collaboration with the LOOK (Learning Opportunities for Our Kids) program, at Oxford Hills High School in South Paris, on Thursday July 25, 1:00pm. Tickets at the door: $4 Adults, $2 Children, FREE to LOOK participants.
  • Discover the Joys of Classical Music, an hour-long fun and informative concert in an intimate setting for listeners of all ages, will be performed at St. Peter’s Church in Bridgton on Sunday July 28, 7:00pm. Free/Donations accepted.
  • Kreutzer Sonata will be performed at the United Methodist Church, Chebeague Island on Sunday, August 4, 7:30pm. Free concert.
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Practical Info:

Tickets 2013:
  • Ticket prices
    • For the concerts at Deertrees are $100 for the series of five concerts, and $25 for individual concerts. Tickets for anyone 21 and under are FREE.
  • Where to buy
    • On line:
    • At the Deertrees Theatre Box Office
    • By mail: SLLMF, P.O. Box 544, Harrison ME 04040
  • Tickets at local outlets
    • Bridgton Books, Country Sleigh (Naples), Books N Things (Norway)
  • Reservations by phone: +01 207-583-6747
  • All tickets are for open seating and will be held at the front entrance box office. Tickets are available concert nights starting at 6:45pm. Reserved tickets must be picked up by 7:00pm.


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