Dear Friends of Blue Hill Bach,
In this year of isolation and turmoil, the Blue Hill Bach family–board members, musicians, and volunteers–have struggled to figure out just how we can best serve our constituencies. While what we most want is to be able to make music here on the Blue Hill peninsula together, for our loyal audiences of year-round and seasonal residents, summer visitors, and students, we realize that to gather our musicians this summer would be taking too big a risk.
Instead, we’re going online with a series of events that will highlight some of the repertoire we’d planned for this summer’s season, and to shine a spotlight on some of our talented musicians. Beginning in mid-July, we’ll release recordings of last summer’s performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, with new narrations by Noel Paul Stookey and seasonally appropriate images by Brooklin photographer Dick Leighton.
By the end of the month, we’ll be inviting you to a master class for string players, and performances and lecture-demonstrations by some of our artists. The “virtual festival” will culminate in a preview of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera from a new edition by Grant Herreid, with virtual performances by a few of your favorite Blue Hill Bach singers, and a Bach’s Lunch-style introduction to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Festival Music Director John Finney, with examples of the ways J.S. Bach used the “Passion Chorale” demonstrated by a virtual chorus and orchestra.
We couldn’t do all this without your support. Please consider making a gift now so that Blue Hill Bach can continue to bring exciting programs of Baroque music to Downeast Maine–and via the magic of the Internet, to music-lovers everywhere! If you’ve made a donation recently, thank you.
With all best wishes to you and your loved ones.
Marcia Gronewold Sly
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Blue Hill Bach is a nonprofit public charity operating under Section 501(c)(3) and in compliance with Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. IRS Identification Number 45-4334021.