Harmony on Land and Sea: Finding Music in an Exalted Maine Landscape on Dec. 13

Monday, December 13 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Salt Bay Chamberfest (SBC) presents its new music video series, “Harmony on Land and Sea: Finding Music in an Exalted Maine Landscape.” When forced to cancel its 2020 live festival, SBC’s Artistic Director and cellist Wilhelmina Smith embarked on a project with cinematographer Joseph Zizzo to create four music videos pairing solo cello music with Midcoast Maine’s most scenic vistas. This screening of the videos will be accompanied by a real-time online discussion with Ms. Smith.

The sublimity of the Maine Coast is a unique stage for contemplating nature, life, and art. Music that expresses the emotions felt when immersed in such a landscape is at the core of this project. The featured pieces interact with and respond to the environment, making music and nature equal partners:

  • In Round Pond Harbor, Johann Sebastian Bach’s joyful Prelude from the Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major captures the cyclical nature of life through the energy, motion, and color of a working Maine harbor.
  • Amid the white pines of Seal Cove Shore Preserve, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Breathe offers a balm to the many oxygen-depriving events of the year, from COVID-19, to smoke from wildfires, to the anxiety of an unpredictable future.
  • Per Nørgård’s Solo Intimo contemplates aloneness and fragility against the dramatic backdrop of crashing waves and metamorphic rock formations on Pemaquid Point.
  • On the banks of the Damariscotta River, Dawn Avery’s Gratitude expresses thanks for our lives, the land, and music that fills our souls.

Photos feature Wilhelmina Smith and were taken by Joe Zizzo.