The 24th Annual Mostly Bach Festival at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center begins
Friday, August 24th through Sunday, August 26th.
The festival opens with “Bach to the Future” family night on Friday, August 24th from 6-8pm. Special family-friendly tickets for this performance, not including food, are $10 adults, $5 students (ages 3-18) and $25 for a family of four.
The festival continues through the weekend. Saturday’s performance begins at 7:30pm and Sunday’s at 4pm. Tickets for these performances are $20-Adults, $15-Seniors (65+), and $10-Students and may be purchased at the box office, or by calling 207-935-9232 or at the Bach Festival website: www.mwvevents.com. The theater is located at 18 Bradley Street on the Campus of Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, ME. Parking is free.
As summer draws to a close, lovers of music from the Baroque period know it is the time when they may enjoy Bach – and friends! – in the beautiful White Mountains, at the 24th Annual Mostly Bach Festival. The three-day concert series, presented by White Mountain Musical Arts, is presented on Friday and Saturday evenings, August 24th and 25th and Sunday afternoon, August 26th. Both works for soloists and small ensembles as well as larger works for full chamber orchestra and chorus will be presented at the air-conditioned state of the art Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy. A Concert Preview before the start of the Saturday and Sunday performances will be presented for those audience members who wish to arrive a bit early to learn about the works included in the program. A Sunday morning Bach Worship service with a Baroque performance prior to the start of the service will begin at 9:30 AM at First Church of Christ Congregational, North Conway.
Returning for his fifth year as Festival Conductor, is Dr. Robert Lehmann, Director of String Studies, Associate Professor of Music and Artist Faculty in violin and viola at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. Dr. Lehmann Conducts the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the North Shore Philharmonic, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the White Mountain Bach Festival. “I’m eagerly awaiting a return to the White Mountains for another great weekend of music-making amongst great artists and friends”, Lehmann said.
Each of the three concerts scheduled for the Festival Weekend will provide a different emphasis and will include music intended for enjoyment by both Baroque aficionados as well as the novice Bach listeners. On Friday, August 24, from 6 – 8 PM, a new program format will be featured presenting “BBQ Bach”, a multi-generational evening including food, fun, and an opportunity to expand the Bach Festival audience to those people who may not even realize that they like Bach! The program will include a visit from “Herr Bach”, himself, a relative of Ray Cornils, Municipal Organist for the city of Portland, Maine! In addition to BBQ food available in the lobby, an opportunity to become involved in some artistic creations will be offered by Fryeburg resident, award winning artist and educator, Carol Hanson, who has generously donated her time and talent to help with our program. Her art studio & gallery is located at 14 Portland Street, Fryeburg. Carol offers instruction in a wide variety of media and teaches both adults and children as young as two in a preschool style setting.
The August 25th, Saturday evening performance at 7:30 PM, will highlight the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Baroque composers Corelli and Vivaldi and will guest soloists, Robert Lehmann, violin and Barbara Prugh, trumpet. Bach Cantata No. 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden”will complete the evening’s program, featuring the Bach Festival Chorus, Orchestra and soloists. The final performance at 4 PM on Sunday, August 26th will feature an audience favorite, selections of George F. Handel’s Messiah with guest soloists Julianne Gearhart, soprano, Emily Marvosh, alto, George Eisenhauer, tenor, and John D. Adams, bass under the direction of Robert Lehmann, festival conductor. For more information please visit the Bach Festival website www.mwvevents.com.