Contact: Matthew Wiggin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2016
SNOW POND CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND NEW ENGLAND MUSIC CAMP ANNOUNCE
2016 SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
SIDNEY, MAINE− Snow Pond Center for the Arts and the New England Music Camp announce their 2016 Summer Music Series. This exciting season will feature some of the world’s best musicians and performers. From Snow Pond’s very own Symphony Orchestra, to big band jazz with Al Corey under the stars, and onto NEMC’s 37th Annual Pops Concert, the summer of 2016 promises to be one of the best yet.
The 2016 Summer Music Series kicks off with the Snow Pond Music Festival, featuring performances of participants from the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute, Maine Chamber Music Seminar, Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar, and Composers Workshop. The festival runs from June 5th to June 19th. Visit www.snowpond.org for a complete listing of recitals and master classes noted on the Snow Pond Calendar.
On June 26, Snow Pond Center for the Arts will introduce the Snow Pond Symphony. Come help Snow Pond and New England Music camp kick off their 80th summer, with a special concert at the Bowl-In-The-Pines. Snow Pond faculty member, Jo-Ann Sternberg, formerly clarinet with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, will solo with the Symphony, under the baton of music director and conductor Leon Gregorian. The concert will begin at 3pm. Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Student.
On July 12th, Snow Pond will welcome the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra and an incredible band to Be Announced, for a special evening concert and picnic at the Bowl In the Pines. The Maine Youth Rock Orchestra runs in conjunction with the Maine Academy of Modern Music and features students 10-18. MYRO has performed across the country with over two dozen rock bands and groups. The group joining MYRO will be announced on May 30th! The Performance will begin at 6pm, doors open at 4:30. Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Student. There will also be a BBQ picnic available. $10 Adult, $5 Student, Children, 65+.
On July 16th, New England Music Camp will present their 37th Annual Pops Concert at the Messalonskee Performing Arts Center in Oakland, Maine. The NEMC Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Chorale, and Jazz Ensemble perform in this energetic performance that also features a Silent Auction. All proceeds go directly to the NEMC scholarship fund. Seating is limited! Performance begins at 7:30. Tickets: $20.
An NEMC tradition, Maine Appreciation Day, will be celebrated at the Sunday, July 17th Concert. The Artisan Market will begin at 1pm and run throughout the 3pm Concert. Various area artists, craftsmen, and gourmet carts will be selling their goods. Bowl-In-The-Pines, 1pm-5pm. Free to the Public.
Big Band Jazz is coming to Snow Pond on July 30th with Jazz Under the Starsfeaturing the Al Corey big band. This one-night-only concert under the stars will also feature world renowned saxophonist and jazz sensation, Bill McHenry, an NEMC alum! Come enjoy a night of jazz classics under the bright lights at The Bowl-In-The-Pines. Concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Student.
New England Music Camp students will also get the luxury of meeting and working with Alumni Guest Artist, Giora Schmidt, violin, from July 25-31.Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm,” violinist Giora Schmidt has appeared with many prominent symphony orchestras around the globe including Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Canada’s National Arts Centre, Toronto, Vancouver and the Israel Philharmonic. He made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the Barber Violin Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony. Giora will play several FREE performances including soloing with the NEMC Symphony Orchestra at the 3pm NEMC concert on July 31.
New England Music Camp’s musical theater students will conclude the NEMC season in their performance of Little Women, The Broadway Musical, book by Allan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Directed by Marian Murphy Powell, this unbelievable group of young talent will take you back on this timeless tale on family, perseverance, and love. Performances will run August 4th through the 5th in Alumni Hall, at 7:30pm. Tickets: $20, Students $10. Seating is extremely limited!
New England Music Camp will continue to hold free weekend concerts and weekly recitals throughout the summer. All concerts are held at the Bowl-In-The Pines and all recitals at Alumni Hall. NEMC Concerto Competition winners will perform with the faculty orchestra on July 15th and July 29th.
Concert Dates: July 2, 3, 9, 10, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 and August 6, 7.
Faculty Artist Recital Dates: June 28, July 6, 20, 22.
Student Honor Recitals Dates: July 8, 13, 15, 27, 29, August 2.
NEMC Counselor Recital: July 1.
On August 25th, Snow Pond will close the summer with December ’63, The Frankie Valli and Four Seasons Tribute. December ’63 showcases all your favorite songs from Frankie Valli including the classics that have been thrilling audiences for decades along with the most popular singles from the Broadway blockbuster musical, The Jersey Boys. This re-creation of a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons concert will have you reaching for the high notes as the cast and band take you on a musical journey with stops at every phase of the careers of Frankie and the boys! This special, one night only performance will be under the lights at the Bowl-In-The-Pines at 7:30. Doors Open at 6:30. Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Students.
Tickets will go On-Sale to the public on May 4th at 10am. All proceeds from ticketed events go towards student scholarships, instruments and other Snow Pond Center for the Arts programs. Please visit www.snowpond.org for tickets and details on all summer events.
About The New England Music Camp and the Snow Pond Center for the Arts
The New England Music Camp (www.nemusicamp.com) is a nationally renowned arts education- focused summer camp in Maine’s Belgrade Lakes region. Founded in 1937 on Messalonskee Lake, also known as Snow Pond, it draws more than 350 aspiring instrumentalists, singers and composers between the ages of 11 and 18 from across the U.S. and around the globe.
Building on the core values of the camp, the Snow Pond Center for the Arts development initiative will significantly expand arts and education opportunities in Central Maine. The $14 million project includes the following phases: (1) improvements to the existing infrastructure; (2) construction of the year round education center, and (3) construction of the lobbies and concert hall. All phases include contributions to the scholarship fund, both the summer and year round programs. Of the $14 million goal, $2 million is allocated to endowment and scholarship funding.