Newly founded chamber orchestra to perform

WINTER HARBOR — The newly formed Downeast Chamber Orchestra will perform Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D major, the “London” symphony, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G minor (K. 183) at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Hammond Hall. Hosted by the Winter Harbor Music Festival, the orchestra will be led by violinist and conductor Anatole Wieck. At the in-person concert, the orchestra will be joined by University of Maine School of Performing Arts orchestra members.

Founded in 2020, the Downeast Chamber Orchestra is the Winter Harbor Music Festival’s new resident ensemble. The festival’s artistic director and flutist Dierdre McArdle manages the orchestra that will perform throughout the year and form the core of the orchestra for the festival’s community opera.

Born in Latvia, Anatole Wieck received his first musical education in Riga and Moscow. In 1973, he studied violin and viola at The Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where he completed his Doctorate in Musical Arts. He went on to study Baroque interpretation at Boston University. He plays Baroque viola, viola d’amore and baroque violin. He teaches upper strings at the University of Maine and conducts the University of Maine Orchestra. He has performed and conducted in Europe, North and South America, and has participated in chamber music festivals around the world. He also has performed at Baroque chamber music festivals in Spain and has traveled to Guatemala as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. He toured Israel as a member of the Ad Libitum Ensemble, performed at Carnegie Recital Hall in Manhattan, has traveled five times to Mexico to teach, perform and conduct, and has taught and performed in Japan. He performs regularly with the Baroque Orchestra of Maine and is director of the String Program at Maine Summer Youth Music at UMaine. In 2010, he co-founded the Chamber Music Institute (CMI) with a Juilliard classmate.

To attend the live concert, tickets cost $15 per person. The performance also will be livestreamed. To attend in person or virtually, go to

For more info, contact the festival’s executive director, Deiran Manning, at (917) 238-0819 or [email protected] To get involved in the orchestra, contact Deidre McArdle at [email protected]. Hammond Hall is located at 427 Main St. in Winter Harbor.



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