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 27th year of celebrating and saluting Ogunquit’s wonderful arts organizations and all the volunteers and staff which make them possible.
Coordinated by Ogunquit Performing Arts, the Festival will run from September 8th through September 17th, 2017, throughout Ogunquit. Participants will include the major arts organizations in town, art galleries, service organizations and local businesses. Events will include concerts, films, new exhibits and receptions, 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 PERFORMING ARTS opens the Festival on Friday, September 8th at 8:00 pm, presenting the international bass-baritone Erik Kroncke in a program entitled “Broadway Songs and Opera Favorites”. From “South Pacific” to “Don Giovanni”, Erik Kroncke explores music written for the bass voice in opera, songs, and musical theater. Accompanied by pianist Mary Jane Austin, Kroncke covers many composers, genres, and styles, guaranteeing that his audience will hear both familiar favorites and new discoveries.
Since his debut in 2000, Erik Kroncke’s unique bass voice has been in demand by opera companies and orchestras all over the world. His symphonic and oratorio performances have included engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Danbury Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, Vermont Philharmonic, and the American Classical Orchestra in such varied repertoire as the Shostakovich 13th, Haydn’s the Seasons, as well as “The Three Basses” concerts. At the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street.
OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE is offering a Capriccio special, – Buy-One-Get-One-Free tickets for performances of “Heartbreak Hotel” during Capiccio week. Restrictions and limitations apply; see Playhouse website for available dates and specific information. This world-premiere from the creator of the Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet is a brand new tribute to Elvis Presley during the early years of his career as he created the music that changed the world.
This musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music, with chart-toppers including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Tutti Frutti,” “That’s All Right Mamma,” “Shake Rattle and Roll,” and, of course, “Heartbreak Hotel.”
The Playhouse is also offering backstage tours September 8th, 10th and 15th. Tours are open to the public, and cost $10 for a full 90 minutes behind the scenes. Volunteer guides will share their extensive knowledge of the storied history of the Playhouse and the hundreds of stars who have graced the stage.
CAPRICCIO FESTIVAL OF KITES, Saturday, September 9, 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 10.
The LEAVITT THEATRE celebrates Capriccio with live entertainment and the screening of special films during the Festival. On Monday, September 11, Capriccio Night at the Leavitt will present Live Jazz with Joe Rillo, 10 pm to 12 am. A special film celebrating the Capriccio arts theme will also be scheduled along with other musical events during that week, details yet to be announced.
Leavitt Theatre is Ogunquit’s oldest theatre, playing first run movies and showcasing live entertainment and live music from spring to fall. The Leavitt also offers a full bar and dinner menu with service in the redesigned balcony lounge.
OGUNQUIT PERFORMING ARTS AT THE BARN GALLERY, presenting Andy Happel and his Los Galactacos String Band on Friday, September 15, at 7:30 pm, in a program entitled “Songs From the Americas”.
Performing songs from Chile to Canada, the group features voice, guitar, violin, cello, dobro, cuatro, upright bass, acoustic bass, guitarron, drums and percussion.Their repertoire is the standards of cultures from across the Americas, and across the seas: Tex/Mex folk; Appalachian string music; Canadian maritimes fiddle tunes; the Classic American Songbook; ol’ time Country; and music for wherever people gather and celebrate.
OPEN HOUSE and TOUR OF THE ART GALLERIES OF OGUNQUIT on Saturday, September 16, 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.
The OGUNQUIT HERITAGE MUSEUM will hold an Open House with Refreshments on Saturday, September 16, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The Ogunquit Heritage Museum, 86 Obeds Lane, Ogunquit, is an institution that collects, preserves and exhibits items and documents related to Ogunquit’s heritage. Its home is the Captain James Winn House which is an 18th century cape nestled in the Dorothea Jacob Grant Common, a lovely park with large open areas and winding paths and wooded areas. Throughout the cape there remains most of the original paneling, flooring and hardware. The circa 1780 building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
The BARN GALLERY celebrates the opening of the Gallery’s Fall Exhibitions by Ogunquit Art Association members with a Gala Reception, Saturday, September 16, 5 to 7:30 pm at 1 Bourne Lane. Fall Exhibitions, September 13 – October 9 include: Shadows & Reflections; OAA Expressions; Memorial Exhibition: Norman West, with Showcases of Steven Holt – Photography; Shiao-Ping Wang – Painting; also 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, OGUNQUIT MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART will hold Capriccio Day at the Museum, Sunday, 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: “Tradition and Excellence: Art in Ogunquit, 1914-1918,” Barn Gallery Associates Wing; “Ernest Hemingway and Henry Strater,” Strater Gallery; “Gary Haven Smith,” Sculpture Gardens; “Cabot Lyford: Truth of Material,” Sculpture Gallery; “Alison Rector: The Value of Thought,” Long Gallery; “Marsden Hartley and His Circle,” Little Gallery.