2024 Festival

June 15 - August 25, 2024

Celebrating 122 years of exceptional artistry

Since its founding in 1902, Kneisel Hall has been a summer haven for thousands of artists who are deeply passionate about chamber music. Immersing in timeless chamber music repertoire and performing this great music for equally passionate audiences has been the unwavering mission of Kneisel Hall for 122 years. 
Over the past few years in particular, sharing the experience of live music has never felt more precious. We are immensely grateful and proud to be able to continue building community through music and provide a place for belonging, connection, and inspiration for musicians and music lovers alike. 

Join us in 2024 for nine weeks of magnificent chamber music with our outstanding Kneisel Hall faculty, guest artists, and the ever-exceptional Young Artists. 

All programs are subject to change.

Festival Concerts

June 28 – August 25, 2024

Weekly Concerts on Fridays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 4:00 pm
Weekly Open Rehearsals on Fridays at 9:30 am-12:30 pm

AVAILABLE SPRING 2024 –  Tickets will be available for $40/Hall and $30/Porch, reserved seating, and $10 Lawn, unreserved. Students 18 and under are free.

  • PROGRAM ONE: June 28 and June 30
  • PROGRAM TWO: July 5 and July 7
  • PROGRAM THREE: July 12 and July 14
  • PROGRAM FOUR: July 19 and July 21
  • PROGRAM FIVE: July 26 and July 28
  • PROGRAM SIX: August 3* and August 4
  • PROGRAM SEVEN: August 9 and August 11
  • PROGRAM EIGHT: August 16 and August 18 
  • PROGRAM NINE: August 23 and 25

All concerts take place at 137 Pleasant St., Blue Hill, ME 04614

*Take note! Due to Blue Hill Troupe’s event, the first performance of Program Six takes place on a Saturday evening.

Composers Now

James Lee III, Composer-in-Residence

Guest Artists

  • Jerry Grossman, cello
  • Barbara Mallow, cello
  • Catalyst String Quartet

*indicates/includes Kneisel Hall alumni

Individual Tickets

Tickets for all performances in 2023.

Faculty Artists

Session I (June 23–July 21)
David Bowlin
Laurie Smukler
Axel Strauss
Brian Hong
Dmitry Kouzov
Joel Krosnick
Gwen Krosnick
Jane Coop
Gilles Vonsattel
Session II (July 21–August 11)
David Bowlin
Ron Copes
Laurie Smukler
Molly Carr
Nina Less
Joel Krosnick
Raman Ramakrishnan
Qing Jiang
Robert McDonald

More Events this Season!

Gregory C. Carrol Young Artists Concerts

10 spectacular student performances to choose from! Come hear what repertoire our students have prepared during their intense chamber music immersion on the coast of Maine.

AVAILABLE SPRING 2024: Free tickets available, general admission seating, donations welcome.

Session I
  • July 13, Saturday 7:30 p.m.
  • July 15, Monday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • July 16, Tuesday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Session II
  • August 7, Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
  • August 8, Thursday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • August 10, Saturday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Master Classes

Master Faculty coaching students in open classes give our audiences a glimpse of how the magic happens on stage. All master classes take place at 7:30 p.m.

AVAILABLE SPRING 2024: Free tickets available, general admission seating, donations welcome.

  • July 3, Wednesday, Qing Jiang 
  • July 8, Monday, Joel Krosnick 
  • July 10, Wednesday, Ezequiel Viñao
  • July 29, Monday, Natasha Brofsky 
  • July 31, Wednesday, Robert McDonald
  • August 5, Monday, Katherine Murdock

Open Rehearsals

Listen and watch the faculty at work during these open dress rehearsals. All open rehearsals take place on Fridays @ 9:30 a.m.

AVAILABLE SPRING 2024: Tickets available for $20, general admission seating, or $10 Lawn, unreserved. Students 18 and under are free.

  • June 28 – Program One
  • July 5 – Program Two
  • July 12 – Program Three
  • July 19 – Program Four
  • July 26 – Program Five
  • August 3* – Program Six
  • August 9 – Program Seven
  • August 16 – Program Eight
  • August 23 – Program Nine
*Take note! Due to Blue Hill Troupe’s event, the Open Dress Rehearsal for Program Six takes place on a Saturday morning.

Kneisel Hall Children's Concerts

Interactive educational concerts for children and their families. All performances take place on Friday at 2 p.m. at Blue Hill Public Library.

AVAILABLE SPRING 2023: Free tickets available, general admission seating, donations welcome.

  • July 7
  • July 14
  • July 28
  • August 4
  • August 11

Kneisel Hall On Tour

The Young Artists take their performances on the road to area communities. All performances take place at 7 p.m. at various locations.

AVAILABLE SPRING 2023: Free tickets available, general admission seating, donations welcome.

  • Thursday, July 20 – Burnt Cove Church Community Center, Stonington
  • Monday, July 24 – All Souls Congregational Church, Bangor
  • Tuesday, July 25 – St. John’s Episcopal Church, Southwest Harbor
  • Wednesday, July 26 – Beth Eden Chapel, Brooklin 

Our 2024 season is underwritten by the following supporters

Don Aibel, Lucy & Buddy Allen, Anonymous, Anonymous, Bitsy & Denny Bacon, First National Bank,  A. Becton & Philip Levendusky, John Bullard, The Cluett Family, Jim & Mary Crawford, Deborah & Donald Christian, Noel Butcher Hanley, Howard & Dana Harrison, Nancy Hoppin, Richard Hutton & John Cogswell, Jeff & Shelley Kehl, Joy Kleeman, Alan Kornberg & Harold Koda, Susan & Chris Pappas, Charlotte Podolsky, Thurmond Smithgall, Susan Richardson, The Thurston Famil, Robert Thurston, Patrick Wilmerding, Eve Wolinsky

Supporters of the Kneisel Hall Free Ticket Program

Walter & Karen Dickes and Merle B. Grindle Agency