Originally published in Compass, June 26, 2014
Blue Hill Bach presents festival
A festival of Baroque music presented by Blue Hill Bach will take place July 24-26, according to a news release from the organization. This ensemble of professional musicians and vocalists from Maine, greater New England and New York are specialists in historical performance practice. Now in its fourth year, the group will perform three concerts in three venues.
Gloria at St. Francis will showcase works by Vivaldi, J. S. Bach and Zelenka on Thursday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Francis by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, featuring the Karl Wilhelm tracker organ.
On Friday, July 25, at 5 p.m., Acis al Fresco features an outdoor performance of Handel’s opera of love, rage, murder and immortality, Acis and Galatea. The setting at Kalmia Knoll, a historic cottage on Parker Point Road, makes a perfect backdrop for the evening’s festivities, which include light café refreshments.
The Festival finale will be held at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill on Saturday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m., with works by J. S. Bach and Vivaldi, including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and Cantata 147.
Blue Hill Bach was founded in 2011 to bring historically informed performances of vocal and instrumental music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries to the Blue Hill Peninsula. The chorus and orchestra comprise early music specialists performing on original instruments and many local musicians, including high school and college students.
Preferred subscriber seating for all three concerts may be purchased in advance. Checks may be sent to Blue Hill Bach, P.O. Box 428, Blue Hill, 04614. Individual concert admission information is available at Bluehillbach.org.