Camden Library to host videos of cellist and cinematographer

Camden Public Library plans to host an online screening of videos featuring Wilhelmina Smith, shown here at Pemaquid Point, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. Joseph Zizzo photo

Wilhelmina Smith, artistic director and cellist of Salt Bay Chamberfest, embarked on a project with cinematographer Joseph Zizzo to create four music videos, pairing solo cello music with views of Midcoast Maine.

Camden Public Library plans to host an online screening of the videos at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, along with a live chat with Smith and Zizzo.

“The sublimity of the Maine coast is a unique stage for contemplating nature, life and art,” said Smith. “Music that expresses the emotions felt when immersed in such a landscape is at the heart of this project. The pieces presented interact with and respond to the environment, making music and nature equal partners.

The videos feature Smith at Round Pond Harbor performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude to Cello Suite No. 6” in D major, according to a press release from the program.

Amid the white pines of Seal Cove Shore Preserve, she performs “Breathe” by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Against the dramatic backdrop of crashing waves and metamorphic rock formations on Pemaquid Point, “Solo Intimo by Per Nørgård” is played. On the banks of the Damariscotta River, Smith’s rendition of Dawn Avery’s “Gratitude” expresses thanks for people’s lives, the land and the music that fills their souls.

Salt Bay Chamberfest’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of Midcoast Maine by producing musical concerts of the highest artistic standard. Salt Bay Chamberfest advances the vitality of chamber music by featuring standard chamber music literature, as well as new and existing works by living composers, performed by musicians of today.

To register to attend this free multimedia event on Zoom, visit librarycamden.org.

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