Summer Music Series

Sponsored by Darlings Auto Group

Wednesdays 7-8 pm

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Join us for this year's Summer Music Program - starting June 11th and running through August 28th. 

Bring your lawn chair, or use one of ours, this concert is open to all ages and we hope it moves you to get up and dance!

As always, the concert will be moved inside to the Atrium in case of Rain.

We look forward to seeing you! Don't forget to stop by the library for your free bookmark with the entire summer schedule!


JUNE

October Gold - June 19th

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Genre: Acoustic Alternative and Folk

October Gold, an acoustic alt-folk duo based out of Montreal, is the latest collaboration of singer/songwriter Kit Soden and his partner in music (and life), violinist Aliza Thibodeau. This marriage of Soden's folksy roots and Thibodeau's classical sensibilities has created a unique sound that has been described as "painting your imagination with song." Since 2010, October Gold has been quietly captivating audiences across North America and Europe. The release of their first album, Into the Silence, showed the depth of sound the duo had developed in such a short period of time. Aside from the noticeable chemistry between these two emerging artists, October Gold has managed to bring together a collection of brilliant musicians during the recording of their albums.

Over 20 different instruments came together to create the mythical symphonic sounds of Into the Silence, resulting in a combination of powerful orchestral emotions and knee- slapping, hoe-down riffs. October Goldʼs 2013 sophomore album, Bridge of the Sun, makes use of this rich, fully orchestrated sound, as well as the talents of author Steven Erikson. The albumʼs lyrics are derived from poetry scattered throughout Eriksonʼs best-selling series, ʻThe Malazan Book of the Fallen.ʼ A concept album, Bridge of the Sun walks the line between imagination and reality, holding a special connection for Malazan fans while still standing on its own as an independent collection of songs. October Gold’s self-titled EP, released in 2015, was recorded and mixed at McGill University, where both artists received training. The EP features the harmonies and lyricism that the couple is known for, and the beautiful poetry of Archibald Lampman and Thomas Moore. October Gold continues to tour North America and Europe.


Hampden Academy R&B Project - June 26th

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Genre: Blues


The Hampden Academy R&B Project is one of 6 Instrumental ensembles at Hampden Academy.  They play classic R&B music from the library of Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, Chicago and several other artists.  They have performed at the Collins Center for the Arts for the Maine Educator's Music Conference.  They are also regularly featured at the regional Poetry Out Loud contests as well as performing for the Hike for the Homeless in Bangor.  They are delighted to return for the third time at the Bangor Library Summer Concert Series. 


JULY

Six Basin Street - July 3rd

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Genre: Dixieland Band

Six Basin Street is an all-woman Dixieland Jazz Band in the Greater Bangor, Maine, area that plays music for the purposes of having fun, improving on ensemble playing ability, and entertaining others. Six Basin Street is a teaching band in which players share skills with each other and music with as many as we are able. The band’s name comes from a tune in the original 1991 play list, “Basin Street Blues,” which has remained a favorite through the various version of the band. Out two founders still play with us, Jan Klitch and Muffy Eastman.

The members of the band are a diverse group of women who have become friends through the love of music. We are different ages and lifestyles, have different musical abilities and backgrounds—from music majors to self-taught. We have varied beliefs and politics. But together, laughter, fun and music prevail.

Currently, we are lucky to have a brilliant Musical Director, Erika Richardson, who has both rearranged old pieces to better suit our players skills and style, and she has arranged pieces from scratch for us.

You can follow this band on their Facebook page @sixbasinstreetallwomendixielandband


Bangor Contra Open Band - July 10th

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Genre: Traditional and Contra Dance Music

Bangor Contra Open Band provides an opportunity for musicians of all skill levels to gather, jam, grow, and perform for a monthly all-ages dance. The band's repertoire includes toe-tapping traditional and contemporary New England folk-dance tunes.

Find out more about this group at their website or follow them on Facebook @bangorcontra.


The Silver Duo - July 17th (Lecture Hall)

Noreen Silver - Cello

Phillip Silver - Piano

Genre: Classical

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Noreen and Phillip Silver bring a wealth of performing experience to their highly regarded partnership. They have an enviable international reputation for chamber music playing of the highest caliber. The Duo, founded when Noreen and Phillip were students at the New England Conservatory of Music, has received accolades and acclaim from appreciative audiences and critics throughout Europe, Israel, the United States, Scandinavia, and the Czech Republic. Their imaginative programming, in which lesser-known masterpieces are given exposure alongside established repertoire favorites, has proven very popular and made them much in demand.

“The Silvers are a superb Duo.” - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“...one of our truly fine chamber music teams” - The Jerusalem Post


RetroRockerz - July 24th

Genre: Family Friendly Classic Rock and Pop hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s

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The RetroRockerz are a group of area professionals united by a love of the classic hits from the golden age of rock n’ roll. They have been performing in eastern Maine since 2005.

You can follow the RetroRockerz on Facebook @RetroRockerzRockOn


Acadie Duo - July 31st

Genre: Classical

The performance will include duos for flute and cello by Mozart, Hoffmeister, and Beethoven

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Founding the Acadie Duo

One summer in Rockport ME., our paths crossed performing at the Bay Chamber Music Concerts series. We discovered an immediate musical and personal connection. The following summer found us traveling by lobster boat to Little Cranberry Island to perform music by Haydn and Villa Lobos for the island community. This concert marked the beginning of our musical ventures in the part of Maine the French and Native Americans called “Acadie,” meaning an idyllic landscape of beauty and refuge. The name “Acadie Duo” sprang from the term’s meaning and our love for Downeast Maine. It has also inspired us to make our music a place of beauty and refuge.

Jaime Feldman, cello

A native of Brooklin, ME and Sarasota, FL, cellist Jaime Feldman currently resides in Providence, RI and enjoys a career of performing and teaching in New England. Jaime began cello lessons at age four and fell in love with chamber music as a twelve year old student at Music@Menlo Festival in Palo Alto, CA, captivated by a performance of the Emerson String Quartet. Winning First Place in the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, Jaime performed the Lalo Cello Concerto at age thirteen with the orchestra at Jackson Center in Santa Rosa, CA. She has since given numerous concerts around the world in France, India, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and across the US and has performed in the Zodiac, Monte Music, California Summer Music, Perlman Music and Music@Menlo festivals.

Jaime graduated from Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Amir Eldan. She also studied with Natasha Brofsky at New England Conservatory, Irene Sharp of Stanford University and the Mannes School of Music, and Jean Michel Fonteneau at the San Francisco Conservatory. She has played in master classes for Colin Carr, Ronald Leonard, and Paul Katz and has worked with members of the Emerson, Saint Lawrence, Miami, Cavanni, Juilliard, Borromeo, and Takács quartets. She also had the honor of playing chamber music with Itzhak Perlman while studying at the Perlman Music Program.

In 2014 Jaime spent a month in Goa, India on a grant from Oberlin to teach cello at the Hamara School and Orphanage as a volunteer for Child's Play Foundation. The trip left her feeling inspired to start teaching in her community with the purpose of helping to shape children's lives. She currently serves on the cello faculties of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, Moses Brown School, and Meadowbrook Waldorf School and has coached chamber music at the Soundscapes (CT) and MYCO (Chapel Hill, NC) Chamber Music Workshops.

Nicholas Southwick, flute

Praised by the Royal Gazette for his “beautiful phrasing and bright, lively playing” and by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for his “admirable ensemble cohesion,” flutist Nicholas Southwick made his international solo debut at the age of 18 performing the music of J.S. Bach with the Bermuda Chamber Orchestra in Hamilton, Bermuda and has since performed in Austria, France, the United Kingdom, and Italy, where he held a principal flute fellowship position at the Trentino Festival. He holds awards from the Presser Foundation, Orchestra of the Americas, and the Bay Chamber Music Festival (Rockport, ME), where he was honored with the Ezra Rachlin Prize for Excellence.

Based in the Boston area, Nicholas is core flutist of the Juventas New Music Ensemble and enjoys an active career as a freelance musician throughout New England, appearing regularly with the Boston Opera Collaborative, Some Assembly Required, Harvard-Radcliffe Choral Society, Manchester Choral Society, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Salem Classical, King’s Chapel Recital Series, and Bay Chamber Music Festival, among many others. Nicholas received his BA Summa Cum Laude in music and French from Gordon College, where he won the 2015 Concerto Competition. He earned his graduate degree at Bard College’s Longy School of Music under the tutelage of Marco Granados and legendary flute pedagogue Robert Willoughby. He also studied with Andrea Mairhofer at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. His other teachers include Susan Heath and Nicolas DuChamp of the Opéra Comique de Paris. He has performed in masterclasses for Trevor Wye, Rachel Brown, Lorna McGhee, Samuel Coles, Jean Ferrandis.

In demand as an instructor, Nicholas is currently on the flute faculty for the Concord Conservatory of Music, Tufts University Community Music Programs and Ipswich Schools. In 2017, he was honored to travel to Cap Haitian, Haiti under the auspices of the Fulbright Association to teach flute and coach chamber music at the Institut de Musique “Cemuchca.” 


AUGUST

PanStorm - August 7th

Genre: Steel Pans (Drums)


The Skyliners Dance Band - August 14th

Genre: Big Band Dance Music


Celtic Friends - August 21st

Genre: Celtic

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Celtic Friends is made up of a group of musical friends from Downeast Maine who gather together regularly at homes and public places to play and sing Irish, Scottish and other Celtic music. The group consists of players of harp, uilleann pipes, whistle, flute, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, button box and bodhran (hand drum) and singers.


The Twisted Swing Band - August 28th

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Genre: Swing Big Band with a Twist

The Twisted Swing Big Band was formed in 2015 calling Hampden Maine home. It is a community big band made up of many local musicians who desire to keep this style of music alive. Made up of students, music educators and others. The band’s goal is to have a swinging good time. 

You can follow this band on Facebook @TwistedSwing or find their music videos on YouTube.