Cory R. King has been hired as Executive Director of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber (SMMC). King will begin the role effective Tuesday, May 31, 2016, working alongside Carolyn Farkas-Noe who held the Interim Executive Director position since April 2014.
King was most recently the Executive Director of the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce, a position he held for nearly ten years, and was awarded the Chamber Executive of the Year award in 2015 by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. King also currently serves as the Vice-President of the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
“The Board of Directors and Search Committee were adamant that we find an Executive Director that brings direct experience to the table day one. We’re confident based on Cory’s background that we achieved that with this hire,” states Matt Barbour, Chair of the SMMC Board of Directors. “Cory is very highly regarded in the chamber circles across the great State of Maine and we’re confident that he’s going to bring great value to the SMMC, its members and our communities.”
“Chamber work is about telling the story of that region, and the Southern Midcoast has many great stories to tell. I know about some of the diverse restaurants, unique shops and industry leading manufacturers, but there is much to the region,” said King. “I’m excited to learn about and experience the region firsthand as the Executive Director so I can tell those stories that bring more tourists and businesses to the region.”
King grew up in Sidney, ME and has worked in various capacities in the Kennebec Valley region. He currently lives in Augusta, ME with his wife Beth Chasse-King who is a veterinary technician for a business in Freeport, ME. They plan on relocating to the Southern Midcoast area later this year.
Bowdoin International Music Festival Heats Up
The Bowdoin International Music Festival welcomes more than 300 renowned artists and aspiring young musicians from around the world to Brunswick for their 52nd season, the second under the artistic direction of David Ying and Phillip Ying. The 2016 Festival theme is “Re-Invention.” For a complete schedule of Festival concerts, ticket information, and to sign up for emailed program updates, visit bowdoinfestival.org. Tickets may also be ordered at the box office, 207¬725-3895.
The Ying Quartet: July 4
The Monday Showcase series features five of the world’s finest string quartets. The Bowdoin International Music Festival is pleased to present the Grammy award winning Ying Quartet on July 4. The quartet will be playing Erwin Schulhoff’s Five Pieces for String Quartet, Leoš Janàček’s String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata, and Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581 with clarinetist Jon Manasse.
Monday Showcase concerts are held at 7:30 PM in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. Tickets are $40.
Wednesday Upbeat! Performance: July 6
The Wednesday Upbeat! series features a varied repertoire of traditional and contemporary works. The concert features a wonderfully eclectic program which can only be heard at a Festival like BIMF. The evening begins with a sparkling Haydn trio anchored by Van Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu whose playing is both elegant and brilliant. Libby Larsen’s Barn Dances is inspired by American cowboy dance music and is a wonderfully engaging piece of programming. After intermission there will be two trios with an unusual combinations of instruments; Bax’s poetic and dreamy trio for flute, viola, and harp followed by Brahms’ masterful trio for clarinet, cello, and piano.
Wednesday Upbeat! concerts are held at 7:30 PM in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. Tickets are $40.
Festival Fridays Performance: July 8
Festival Fridays feature resident and guest artists in performances of beloved works by composers of the past 350 years. This is another program of music that can only to be heard at a festival like BIMF. By writing the “Kegelstatt” trio as well as the clarinet quintet heard earlier in the week, Mozart played a big role in popularizing the clarinet, which was a brand new instrument at the time. Legend has it that Mozart composed this piece in his head while playing a bowling-like game. The Elegiac Trio is a re-invention of Edgar Allen Poe’s gruesome story the “Masque of the Red Death.” The harp plays an especially sinister role in its use of eerie sounds to depict some of the horror of this story. Tchaikovsky’s beloved Piano Concerto No.1 will be magnificently re-invented by the wonderful Jon Nakamatsu, with the help of conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez and the talented young musicians of the Festival.
Festival Friday concerts are held at 7:30PM in Brunswick High School’s Crooker Theater. Tickets are $40.
Artists of Tomorrow: July 3 & 5
The Artists of Tomorrow series presents performances by the extraordinary young musicians of the Festival who come from conservatories and graduate schools in more than twenty-five countries. Artists of Tomorrow concerts this week will be held Sunday, July 3 at 3 PM and Tuesday, July 5 at 7 PM.
Artists of tomorrow concerts are held in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. Suggested donation $10.
Bowdoin Festival Extra: July 2 & 5
Bowdoin Festival Extra presents special events throughout the summer. Concerts and public masterclasses feature our resident artists and participants; lectures and demonstrations feature faculty and guest presenters. Tickets are not required. Suggested donation $10. On Saturday, July 2 the Festival presents Talent has Hunger; a film featuring artist instructor Paul Katz. Talent has Hunger is an inspiring film about the incomprehensible power of music to consume, enhance and propel lives. Filmed over 7 years, it is a window into the mysterious world of the artist, and the passion that can grip and sustain a young player from childhood through the last days of life.
Talent has Hunger explores this driving passion: how music compels young musicians to commit themselves to the years of discipline and sacrifice it takes to nourish their talent, and how it drives great artist-teachers to devote much of their lives to mentoring these budding artists. The film is at 7:30 PM in Studzinski Recital Hall.
On Tuesday July 5 the Festival presents a masterclass with pianist John Nakamatsu. Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Jon has much to share, in a humorous and down-to-earth way, about the humbling experiences that every musician faces. The event is at 10 AM in Studzinski Recital Hall.
Community Concerts: July 5 & 6
Community Concerts are off-site performances by our talented Artists of Tomorrow – the extraordinary young musicians who come to the Festival each summer from conservatories and graduate schools all over the world. Concerts feature a variety of traditional classical repertoire and are typically about 45 minutes in length.
Community Concerts this week will be held on Tuesday, July 5 at The Highlands at 2 PM and Wednesday, July 6 at Thorton Hall at 2 PM. Read more