Welcome to our 50th anniversary season!
It is remarkable to think that the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival has been presenting concerts for 50 years. What an impressive milestone that is for any music festival! Special kudos to our dearest friend and Founder, Homer Pence, for having the original vision, and also to all the music directors and the boards of Trustees for keeping the Festival going!
I am thrilled to announce that we will be returning to perform live with audience at Deertrees for a full five-week festival this summer. We are also excited to welcome back the winds, guitar and harp. The process of putting together a season of glorious music each year is always a joy and a challenge. This year it has been particularly challenging to choose programs fitting for this anniversary season with such a diverse and full roster of exceptional musicians, but it has also been a joyful process as we look to the future with so much hope and possibility.
Our golden jubilee season will showcase programs full of celebratory sentiment including our own commissioned work by Maine composer, Beth Wiemann, along with beloved masterworks by Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla, Poulenc, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, and Shostakovich. We will also present a few lesser known gems of the chamber music repertoire, such as works by Donizetti, Fiala, Foote, Handel-Halvorsen, Prokofiev, and Weber. We are delighted to include a beautiful piece by an African-American composer, William Grant Still, as well.
This summer we will continue to expand our community outreach programs: Healing through Music, designed to bring beautiful music to patients, staff and volunteers in nearby medical and senior facilities in Bridgton, South Paris, Norway, Falmouth, South Portland, Yarmouth, and Scarborough, and Discover the Joy of Classical Music, an hour-long free concert for families held in intimate venues in Harrison, Bridgton, Waterford and Falmouth. We also look forward to our annual repeat performance in Chebeague Island, and our partnership with the Bridgton Historic Society at historic farmstead Temperance Barn at Narramissic in South Bridgton. We will have additional repeat performances in New Hampshire at the Mountain Top Music Center in Conway and Electric Earth Concerts in Peterborough and in Connecticut at Chestnut Hill Concerts in Old Saybrook.
Not only will we continue to bring world-class concerts to our audience, we are committed to enriching the lives of everyone within our community with the vitality of live music. And for the artists who have performed at the Festival, a crucial part of their experience has always been the chance to share their talent and commitment with our devoted audience and with this wonderful musical community.
We urge you to continue to check our website for more details, such as bios of the artists as well as information on how to donate to the Festival. We invite you to “like” us on Facebook and ask you to spread the word about the Festival to your friends. Please note that by purchasing a season ticket (for all five concerts), you will receive many benefits, including a savings on tickets and invitations to open rehearsals.
Thank you for your love and support over the decades, but especially during the past two years. I believe we all learned that we need to experience live music more than ever, and what powerful medicine music is for the soul. We miss you, and we cannot wait to share music together again this summer. Until then, please be safe and stay healthy.