ROCKLAND/ROCKPORT — As part of Salt Bay Chamberfest 25th anniversary season, the annual festival is for the first time expanding beyond its base in Damariscotta to present two free concerts in Knox County on Thursday, August 8. Both performances feature flutist and MacArthur Genius Fellow Claire Chase.
The two concerts – the first at noon, at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, and the second an outdoor performance, at 6 p.m., at Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport – represent the season’s theme, “Music of Our Common Earth” in differing ways, both featuring the same versatile performer.
On August 8, from 12 to 1 p.m., Chase will perform the theatrical work, Pan, by Marcos Balter at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. Described as a narrative immersive landscape and site-inspired performance ritual, Pan was written specifically for Chase, and addresses different aspects of the Greek demi-god. In this free, interactive, and collaborative presentation, the audience will gain a new perspective on the myth.
The noontime performance offers the chance to see this unique work for free, ahead of the ticketed performance in Damariscotta the following evening.
In Rockport’s scenic Beech Hill Preserve, on August 8, at 6 p.m., Chase will be joined by Native American flutist Hawk Henries for a free outdoor duo presentation entitled The Spirit of the Flute: a cultural dialogue. Henries, a composer and flute-maker as well as performer, is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now Southern New England.
This concert is presented as part of Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s Arts on the Hill summer series.