Looking for a summer festival to attend? Blue Hill Bach in Downeast Maine is a favorite annual event each July. The festival presents historically informed performances, educational programs, and recordings in celebration of the late famed composer. Demonstrating a repertoire of Baroque music, Blue Hill Bach explores both vocal and instrumental compositions. It also delves into the rich history of this exquisite era. So, come visit Blue Hill, Maine, and discover the local music talent as well as our gorgeous region. From oboe and violin concertos to our peaceful gardens here at the Pilgrim’s Inn, you’ll feel both enlightened and relaxed during your stay in Downeast Maine.
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History of Blue Hill Bach
This premier local festival first began in 2011 at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church. Organized by mezzo-soprano and arts administrator Marcia Gronewold Sly, an ensemble collaborated to perform all Bach pieces. This performance took place in front of a standing-room-only audience and was recorded by Limin Music. The following year, the tradition was continued. This time, it was presented by the First Congregational Church and featured a quartet of vocal soloists along with an orchestra. The concert was combined with a brief lecture on the music of Bach and its use in the 17th-century liturgy. Since then, it has evolved into a full weekend of music and history education!
Blue Hill Bach 2017
This year’s event will be held from Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22. Come into town for a long weekend and book your stay at the Pilgrim’s Inn nearby on Deer Isle. The festival will features a variety of free and ticketed activities and events that you can enjoy at your leisure.
Things will kick off on July 20 with 1723: Herr Bach Comes to Town for $30. The following day, indulge in a free lunch along with a lecture and demonstration with organist and conductor John Finney at the Blue Hill Public Library.The Baroque Cafe: Pleasures of the Dance will then take place at the Sail Loft, Atlantic Boat Company in Brooklin for $40. You’ll learn to dance with virtuoso Baroque specialist Carlos Fittante and then enjoy a staged performance of Handel’s Terpsicore. Blue Hill Bach will end with the All-Bach Festival Finale on Saturday evening at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill with a ticket price of $30.
During Blue Hill Bach, Stay at Pilgrim’s Inn
You’ll love your retreat to Downeast Maine for the Blue Hill Bach festival! During your stay, book a room at our charming historic inn on Deer Isle. Less than 30 minutes from Blue Hill, Deer Isle is a quaint coastal town, with our bed and breakfast right on Main Street. Rejuvenate at the serene mill pond and gardens behind our inn or wander the main road for a boutique, coffee shop, and art gallery. Get acquainted with the unique art culture of our region, from our variety of stunning galleries to music events such as Blue Hill Bach in July. Book your stay at Pilgrim’s Inn today!