26th Annual Capriccio

26th Annual Capriccio
Ogunquit’s Festival of the Arts, September 4 – 18, 2016
Showcasing Ogunquit’s rich cultural heritage.


Capriccio is defined as “a joyous musical composition or work of art,  in free form, and brilliant in style.” It’s a perfect title for Ogunquit’s town-wide Festival of the Arts, this year marking its 26th year of celebrating and saluting Ogunquit’s wonderful arts organizations.

Coordinated by Ogunquit Performing Arts, an expanded Festival is planned, occurring September 4th through September 18th, 2016, throughout Ogunquit.  Participants will include the major arts organizations in town, churches, art galleries, service organizations and local businesses.  Events will include concerts, new exhibits and receptions,  meet-and-greets with area authors, historical look-backs, special tours of theatres and art galleries, and the art of kite-flying.

The Capriccio Calendar of Events includes the following organizations and dates:

OGUNQUIT BAPTIST CHURCH:  Labor Day Concert,   Sunday,September 4, at 7 pm, 157 Shore Road, – an annual concert  featuring various artists performing in the church’s lovely, historic sanctuary.  Rev. Jeffrey R. Patnaude traditionally assembles a vibrant array of performers for this special occasion, including guest organists, pianists, singers, and ensembles.  Free admission, donations welcome.

OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE  is offering a Capriccio special, – Buy-One-Get-One-Free tickets for performances of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” on Wednesday, September 7th @ 8 pm, – or Thursday, September 8th, 2:30 matinee or 8 pm performance!  Restrictions and limitations apply; see Playhouse website for specific information.  This all-dancing, all-singing, all-new production of the rip-roarin’ musical comedy classic bursts onto the stage with rambunctious energy. Featured throughout is an exuberant combination of daredevil dancing and wonderful songs!

The Playhouse is also offering backstage tours September 2 – 19.  Tours are open to the public, and cost $10 for a full 90 minutes behind the scenes.

THE LEAVITT FINE ARTS THEATRE celebrates Capriccio with the screening of special films during the Festival.

On Thursday, September 8th @ 8 pm, the Leavitt presents the Maine Outdoor Festival, showcasing a collection of short films celebrating the active outdoor community. The festival is based in Maine, but  accepts submissions from all over the world.

The following Thursday, September 15th @ 8 pm, the Leavitt will present “The Winning of Barbara Worth”, a silent film with live keyboard accompaniment by  Jeff Rapsis.  The 1926 film stars Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, and Vilma Banky, with direction by Henry King.

OGUNQUIT PERFORMING ARTS presents two jubilant concerts at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, for the Capriccio celebration.

Renowned jazz guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will perform on Friday, September 9 at 8:00 pm.  These two virtuosos have received international acclaim for their thrilling performances before cheering audiences.  The New York Times deemed Vignola “one of the brightest stars of the guitar”,  and Raniolo is an equally high demand rhythm guitarist.

Then, on Friday, September 16, Sojoy, and the Annex Contemporary Dance Company, combine their creative talents,  and the exciting collaboration results in an exhilarating program of jazz and contemporary dance.  Jonny Peiffer leads his 7-piece “little big band” Sojoy in an evening of jazz compositions, mostly his own, with music that instills joyous movement.   Kittery’s Annex Contemporary Dance Company joins Sojoy for performances of modern dance intermingled throughout the evening.

CAPRICCIO FESTIVAL OF KITES,  Saturday, September 10,  9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Ogunquit Beach, is presented by Ogunquit Camera Shop, Ogunquit Rotary Club, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Town of Ogunquit.

This delightful, annual Festival features professional kite flying demonstrations, kite decorating contests for children, and the climactic Grand Ascension, filling the sky with  everyone’s kite in the air at the same time.  Kites are available for sale at the beach, and are provided free for the children’s contest.  Rain date:  Sunday, September 11.

The OGUNQUIT HERITAGE MUSEUM will hold an Open House on Saturday, September 10, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, presenting a Native American Exhibition, showcasing the lives and circumstances of the area’s original inhabitants.  Light refreshments will be served.

Barbara Giammarino, an expert on the Penobscot people, will be present to give a talk about their traditional ways. Barbara is the granddaughter of Chief Tomekin who founded the Indian Moccasin Shop in Ogunquit and Wells.  She will be accompanied by her daughter Dr. Jus Crea Giammarino, a naturopathic doctor who will speak about medicinal herbs and herbal remedies.   They will be outdoors in the Dorothy Jacobs Grant Common, in front of the museum.  Rain date Sunday, September 11.

CAPRICCIO WRITERS will meet with interested readers Up Close and Personal on Sunday, September 11, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit. This is a special opportunity to meet and greet significant authors from the area, hear some of their personal stories,  ask questions and share in the interactive discussion.

Book sales and signings will be available as you “meet the writers up close.”  Participating authors include Barbara Treen, Barry S. Jandebeur, Brenda Goodale, Fred Holmberg, Jamie Rooney, Katherine Mayfield, Matt Tavares, Megan Grumbling, Mort Mather and Paul Pare.

OGUNQUIT MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART  will hold Capriccio Day at the Museum, Saturday, Sept 17, 10 am – 5 pm, offering a special admission discount of Two for the Price of One!   The Museum Gift Shop will also participate by offering price discounts of 10% off!

Visit all the exhibits in the lovely setting of the Museum’s oceanside location, 543 Shore Road, and the beautiful sculpture gardens.  Exhibits on that day will include:  Bernard Karfiol:  Ogunquit Master, in the Long Gallery;  Jamie Wyeth:  Private Collection, in the Sculpture Gallery; Recent Acquisitions in Little Gallery;  Henry Strater:  Blue, in the Strater Gallery; and Tradition and Excellence in the Barn Gallery Associates Wing.

The BARN GALLERY celebrates the opening of the Gallery’s Fall Exhibitions by Ogunquit Art Association members with a Gala Reception, Saturday, September 17 at 5:30 pm at 1 Bourne Lane.  Fall Exhibitions, September 14 – October 10 include:  At the Table; OAA Expressions; and Showcases, S. Patricia Benson, Printmaking;  David Schneider, Ceramics; and Invited New England Sculptors.

The award-winning non-profit Barn Gallery offers lively exhibitions, gallery talks, panel discussions and workshops by members of the Ogunquit Art Association and other area artists. Artists and friends meet at the Barn to share exhibitions, programs about art and the creative process, and opportunities to create art.

Concluding the Capriccio Festival will be OPEN HOUSE AT THE GALLERIES on Saturday, September 17, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Visit any Ogunquit Art Gallery and pick up a tour map.  The map will guide you from one gallery to the next, where you will receive a special Capriccio welcome.

Featuring paintings, photographs, and sculpture by local, regional, and national artists, the art galleries of Ogunquit offer artworks for every preference, and a glowing remembrance of your time in Ogunquit.

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