The Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music returns to Maine from July 12th - 21st, 2017. This year, the Festival explores the theme “Seeing Sound” and in addition to the public concerts for which it is known, there will be master classes for composers and a visual arts component. The featured guest composers this year are Augusta Read Thomas, Victoria Bond, Daniel Strong Godfrey, Elliott Schwartz, Vineet Shende , Peter McLaughlin and Delvyn Case. Music by Elliott Schwartz in a concert on July 12 (see full program here) will feature photographs/powerpoint video of artwork by Maine artist Deedee Schwartz.
The featured string quartets are Thomas: Helix Spiral, Bond: Dreams of Flying, and Godfrey: Intermedio, which are all receiving their Maine premieres, and the world/US premiere of String Quartet No. 3: "For Deedee" one of the last works composed by Elliott Schwartz, प्काश आिण सावली (prakash ani saoli) by Shende and Not Sad Songs by McLaughlin.
Cassatt String Quartet will be performing these glorious works at the New Era Gallery on Vinalhaven, Waterfall Arts in Belfast and Portland's Space Gallery. In addition, there are four composer fellows whose music will be featured in a concert at the Vinalhaven school.