Bar Harbor Festival nets $9,500 in support

BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Music Festival has been awarded $2,000 by the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust and $7,500 from the Onion Foundation toward its series “Community Connections.”

The series, which consists of eight free public concerts and arts education events, includes the festival’s Young Audience Concerts held at local libraries on Mount Desert Island and the Festival String Orchestra performance, conducted by Festival Director Francis Fortier, under the stars at the Blackwoods Campground Amphitheater in Acadia National Park.

“It is an honor for the festival to be recognized by Foundations from Portland. It is a welcome affirmation of our value to the state of Maine,” says the festival’s flutist and associate director Allison Kiger.

The “Community Connections” series also reflects the festival’s investment in presenting world-class artists living in the Acadia region, including Eric Thomas, clarinet and composer; Daniel Pyle, organist; Christina Spurling, piano; Annie Leonardi, soprano; and collaborations with the Bar Harbor Town Band and the MDI High School Music Department.

The Bar Harbor Music Festival is grateful to the Margaret E. Burnham Trust and the Onion Foundation for their support of its mission to foster music education and provide cultural enrichment for residents and visitors to the Acadia region.

For info about the festival’s 2022 season, visit

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