The internationally celebrated Cassatt String Quartet will be featured in the 14th Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music. Established in 1985, the Cassatt String Quartet has collaborated with a vast array of artists and Pulitzer-prize winning composers.

The festival returns to Maine for July 14-22. This year, the Festival explores the theme “Seeing Sound” and in addition to public concerts, there are master classes for composers, as well as a visual arts component. This year’s festival is in memory of John Duffy, visionary, composer and new music champion, as well as Thomas Godfrey, teacher, sculptor, architect and father.

Scheduled string quartets of the featured guest composers include: Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Voyage; Dan Visconti, Black Bend; Chris Rogerson, String Quartet 2; Kaminsky, String Quartet 6; Rising Tide, which are all Maine premieres, and the World Premiere performance of Pulse-Space by Hannah Lash.

Rebecca Allan, a New York-based visual artist and art critic, will lead a workshop in drawing and painting during the festival as well as hold pre-concert talks about the work on exhibit at each gallery where the Cassatt String Quartet is performing. Immersing individuals in the making of art, as well as simply in its appreciation, is an exciting new dimension of the Seal Bay Music Festival, and one that guarantees a dynamic week of creative discovery for all who participate.

EVENING CONCERTS:

• Atlantic Music Festival, at 7 p.m., Friday, July 15, at Lorimer Chapel, Colby College, 4000 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville. Featuring Tchaikovsky, String Quartet in D major Op 11, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Voyage, Dan Visconti, Black Bend, and Chris Rogerson, String Quartet #2. Free admission, for more information, visit www.atlanticmusicfestival.org.

• Fellowship composer concert at 6 p.m. Monday, July 18, at Vinalhaven Public Library, 6 Carver St., Vinalhaven. Featuring: Hohstadt, Toren, Tanaka, Slonezewski and Nourbakhsh. Donation will be accepted at the door.

• Gallery talk by Rebecca Allan, followed by composer talk, hosted by Laura Kaminsky. Featuring Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, String Quartet Voyage; Dan Visconti, String Quartet Black Bend; Chris Rogerson, String Quartet #2; Laura Kaminsky, String Quartet Rising Tide, will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at New Era Gallery Barn, 60 Main St. Tickets cost $15 at the door.

• Composers Hannah Lash, String Quartet Pulse-Space; Dan Visconti, String Quartet Black Bend; Chris Rogerson, String Quartet #2; and Laura Kaminsky, String Quartet Rising Tide will talk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Waterfall Arts Center, 256 High St., in Belfast. Donation will be accepted at door.

• A talk wilth composers featuring Hannah Lash, String Quartet Pulse-Space; Dan Visconti, String Quartet Black Bend; Chris Rogerson, String Quartet #2; and Laura Kaminsky, String Quartet Rising Tide is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., in Portland. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at door, $10 members and students. For more information, visit www.space538.org.

OUTREACH EVENTS:

“LivelySpaces” will be featured at the following venues:

• 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 14, at Colby College Museum of the Arts, 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, in Waterville. Admission is free.

• 2:45-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Waldo County General Hospital, 118 Northport Ave., in Belfast. Admission is free.

• 1-2 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., in Portland. Admission will cost $5 plus Museum Theatre admission. For more information, visit www.kitetails.org.

• 10:45 a.m. in the hospital Lobby and at 11:30 a.m. as part of the Barbara Bush Child Life Program on Friday, July 22, at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., in Portland. Admission is free.

For more information about the Seal Bay festival or concerts, email [email protected], call 718-825-7528, or visit www.sealbayfestival.org.

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