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Classical Music Festival Breaks Barriers to Bring Music to the People

Portland, Maine, Feb. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As Portland, Mainea??s music scene gains national recognition, Portland Bach Experience is once again breaking down barriers to classical music through its 12-day festival this June. Known for its innovative performances and nationally-acclaimed artists, Portland Bach Experience will present more than two dozen events with locations in Portland and throughout Southern and Coastal Maine. The festival runs from June 3rd to June 14th, 2020.A Dr. Emily Isaacson, founder and artistic director, is planning a wide variety of musical experiences for all ages, including Bach and Beer, Picnic Performances, Handel Happy Hour, BachBends Yoga, and intimate salons where attendees can meet the musicians.a??Live music by talented artists has the power to move all people,a?? said Dr. Isaacson. a??Our goal is to take this incredible art outside of traditional concert halls and into everyday venues where people already gather a?? to make it accessible to everyone. Why ask people to pause their lives to go hear music when we can bring world-renowned music and performers to them?a??dThe festival includes ensembles from solo cello to full orchestra, but regardless of who is performing, Dr. Isaacson likes to rethink the traditional. This year, she will conduct a??Vivaldi and his Virtuosa,a?? a program of Vivaldi works with a 13-person all-female orchestra featuring 2020 GRAMMY-nominated soprano, Teresa Wakim. a??Vivaldi and his Virtuosaa?? will be performed in a traditional concert hall at The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary in Falmouth and as a picnic performance at Halo at The Point at Thompsona??s Point in Portland."I'm so looking forward to bringing this energetic and passionate program of Vivaldi's solo vocal works in a??Vivaldi and his Virtuosaa?? to Portland audiences! It is so refreshing to perform with an all-female orchestra led by a female conductor,a?? said Wakim. a??Vivaldi's music at the time was performed by women and girls at the Pieta in Venice, so this adds another level of historically-informed performance! Also, a little dose of Girl Power!a??
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