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The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival is an organization devoted to presenting and promoting high-quality chamber music performances in the lake region of Western Maine. Founded in 1972 by a group of professional musicians who summered in the region, and administered by a board of local volunteers, the festival has grown into a well-known and popular institution. Continuity has been maintained since the early years through the ongoing involvement of a core group of musicians. Laurie Kennedy, Principal Violist of the Portland Symphony, was Music Director for 30 years. In 2015 she passed the baton to Mihae Lee, pianist with the festival for 20 years and Artistic Director of the Essex (CT) Winter Festival..
The Festival presents a wide variety of chamber music. Every concert includes music for different, sometimes unusual instrumental combinations and from different periods ranging form the 17th century to the present. Familiar works are balanced with lesser known ones, and the programs are balanced within the season and from season to season to provide ongoing enjoyment and enrichment for the audience.
Historic Deertrees Theatre, located at the top of Long Lake in Harrison, Maine, is the picturesque setting for the Festival's five-concert series on the last three Tuesday evenings in July and the first two in August. Originally built for summer theater and opera productions in the early thirties, the restored Deertrees offers superb acoustics and proximity to the stage that combine to bring the audience into close rapport with the musicians. In addition to the regular series concerts, which have been broadcast during the winter over the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, the Festival offers popular Music for Kids concerts at several locations in the region, and outreach performances in outlying towns.
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