Jazz pianist, composer and MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer (Photo: Barbara Rigon)
Jazz pianist, composer and MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer (Photo: Barbara Rigon)
Salt Bay Chamberfest will offer a wide range of concerts and events, both ticketed and free, from Thursday, August 1 through Saturday, August 17. Concerts all begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place at Darrows Barn at Round Top Farm, 3 Round Top Lane in Damariscotta.

Musicians will include two MacArthur Fellows — Claire Chase and Vijay Iyer — and returning artists Jennifer Koh, Ignat Solzhenitsyn and Brentano String Quartet, among others, in music ranging from classical to jazz to hip-hop.

The season will open on Thursday, August 1, with two performances featuring jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer. The concert, featuring works by Iyer, Beethoven and Ravel, will be preceded by an hour-long solo recital at 5:00.

The concert on Tuesday, August 6, will showcase a one-of-a-kind musical rap event, “Half & Half, Expanded” featuring 50%, by Derek Bermel and Nate Smith. Works by Bartok and Bernstein will also be performed.

Flutist Claire Chase will perform “Pan,” a musical drama by Marcos Balter for solo flute, live electronics, and an ensemble of community musicians on Friday, August 9. The first half of the concert will feature music with similar mythological themes by Debussy, Richard Strauss and Barbara Strozzi.

The concert on Tuesday, August 13, will feature Tan Dun’s “Snow in June” and works by Shostakovich and Battistelli.

The festival will mark its 25th anniversary on Thursday, August 15, with a musical celebration and dinner at 1812 Farm in Bristol featuring Brentano String Quartet performing works by Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Nina C. Young.

For the first time, two free concerts will be performed in the Rockport-Rockland area.

For tickets and more information, including a full schedule and listing of pre-concert talks, visit saltbaychamberfest.org, email contact@saltbaychamberfest.org or call 522-3749.