Francis Fortier
Founder and
Artistic Director

 "…one of New England's great music festivals"
- Nan Lincoln,
The Bar Harbor Times

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Variety is the key to the Bar Harbor Music Festival, and on more than just the musical front. Concertgoers can take in everything from string orchestra concerts and nights of jazz or brass to New Composers concerts and even Opera! Our venues are as varied as the musical menu: the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, known for its excellent acoustics; The Maine Sea Coast Mission, the former Colket family mansion overlooking Frenchman Bay; Blackwoods Campground Amphitheatre in spectacular Acadia National Park; the amazing art-deco Criterion Theater (a jewel in the heart of downtown), and the elegant Bar Harbor Club. To quote music critic, Hetty Preble Archer, "A trip to the Bar Harbor Music Festival is never disappointing."
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The Bar Harbor Music Festival

" of New England's great music festivals"
-Nan Lincoln, The Bar Harbor Times

Designated by the American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 Events in North America in 2015

Acclaimed by Phi Beta Baton as " of the nation's proving grounds for gifted young artists", the Bar Harbor Music Festival, founded by violinist Francis Fortier in 1967, has gained national recognition for its unique work. It remains one of the few music festivals in the United States whose guiding mission is to provide essential performance opportunities for outstanding up-and-coming talent.

The Festival has advanced the careers of over 2,000 aspiring instrumentalists, singers, and composers, presenting a glorious summer of music encompassing recitals, chamber music, "Pops", "New Composers", opera, jazz, and string orchestra concerts, as well as a forum, lecture-demonstrations, and a young audience series. In so doing, it has provided a vital public cultural service for the community, its visitors, and the State of Maine.

The Festival's outreach programs, such as the admission-free outdoor concerts in Acadia National Park and performances at Birch Bay Retirement Community, have won new audiences for classical music and fostered music education.

The 2017 51st Season will run from July2-July 30. Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" is scheduled for Friday, July 21 at Bar Harbor's historic Criterion Theatre.

Its annual summer festival in Bar Harbor, Maine, coupled with its Touring Program, has reached audiences totaling over one million. This clearly is an indication of the Festival's popularity as music lovers gravitate to this musical gem in the spectacular setting of Bar Harbor.

WGBH Classical New England in Boston recently selected the Bar Harbor Music Festival as "Maine's Premier Music Festival".



It seems only yesterday that I founded the Bar Harbor Music Festival.  In a flash of time, we are now celebrating our 50th Anniversary!

We are responding to this golden moment by bringing you a musical gem that you will always remember. Our most ambitious festival to date will present a stunning variety of 24 performances ranging from Beethoven to Ellington.

So many people have helped us along the way to 50 years of bringing beautiful music to Mount Desert Island while advancing the careers of over 2,000 aspiring instrumentalists, singers, and composers. Our gratitude is endless for those who cared.

I now fact the greatest challenge of my professional career to continue providing essential performance opportunities for outstanding up-and-coming talent, offering the quality and unique variety of our programming, and working to insure that the Bar Harbor Music Festival lives on when I reluctantly leave this earth.

We are deeply grateful for the Special Gifts that we have received in honor of our 50th Golden Anniversary. Perhaps this is something you might consider. Your generosity coming at this milestone anniversary will go a long way to keep the Festival's music playing for many years to come.

With every good wish and always thanks.


Francis Fortier
Founder and Artistic Director

Previous reviews

. . . an acclaimed series of classical and popular concerts."
Down East Magazine
, Vacationtime Guide

Madame Butterfly Hits High Note
Written by Nan Lincoln
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