IMAI Chamber Music Festival begins this evening, July 8, in Fryeburg

The International Musical Arts Institute's Chamber Music Festival begins this evening at the Bion Cram Library, Fryeburg Academy, in Fryeburg, ME. The chamber music concert series runs from July 8 to August 1, with concerts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. Now in its thirteenth season at Fryeburg Academy, the International Musical Arts Institute is a summer community of musicians who range from young professionals and career-bound advanced-level conservatory students to established artists with international reputations. Since its first season in 1997, more than two hundred musicians, both aspiring young talents and seasoned professionals, have come from five continents to the Academy’s campus in Fryeburg, Maine, to make music together, to perform, to study and perfect their art.

The schedule for this week is:

Wednesday evening, July 8, music of Bach, Paganini, Haydn and Ravel Thursday evening, July 9, music of Haydn, Beethoven and Schumann Friday evening, July 10, music of Beethoven, Schubert and Franck Saturday evening, July 11, International Night, featuring works of Dvorak, Beethoven and Ravel Get acquainted with 2009 IMAI resident artists at the reception following the concert. Sunday afternoon, July 12, at 2 p.m. music of Bach, Beethoven and Spohr

Detailed information about which chamber music masterworks will be performed each day throughout the festival can be found here. Tickets are inexpensive, and a multi-admission ticket is available, too. The IMAI Festival offers us a wonderful opportunity to hear chamber music in an intimate setting, close to home.

Listen below to the Mira Trio, IMAI's 2009 guest ensemble, performing in Fryeburg next Thursday and Friday (July 16 and 17):