Downeast Maine has become a mecca for the arts. When you stay at Pilgrim’s Inn, you’ll have ample opportunity to visit cultural, art, and entertainment venues, including the chamber music concerts and programming at Kneisel Hall. This chamber music school is located in the coastal village of Blue Hill, Maine, less than a half hour away from Pilgrim’s Inn! It provides musicians and music advocates the opportunity to participate in the chamber repertoire with programs throughout the year including their most popular, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.
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Kneisel Hall History
Kneisel Hall was originally founded in 1902 by the talented Franz Kneisel. At just 20 years old, Kneisel immigrated from Germany to be the concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He arrived in Blue Hill, ME, in 1899 where a group of prominent summering musicians decided to form a musical colony. Kneisel settled down to build a house overlooking the bay and founded his music school where he offered students time for personal, individualized practice and lessons. Chamber music rehearsals and ensemble evenings became delightful entertainment and learning opportunities.
By 1922, the school grew too large for its space, so another hall was built to house the growing program. Known as Kneisel Hall, this spot has been the center of the school’s activities ever since.
Kneisel Hall Concerts
Festival Concerts: Summer Chamber Music Series
Kneisel Hall hosts a variety of chamber music concerts throughout the summer as part of its famous festival! These performances take place on Friday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 4 pm throughout the summer months. You have the option to purchase tickets individually or a seasonal membership if you’re going to be in the area often! Season tickets are the perfect excuse to come back to Pilgrim’s Inn time and time again.
Kneisel Hall Concert Schedule
The Kneisel Hall Concert Schedule includes multiple performances throughout the season. As concerts are scheduled, they’ll be added to the event calendar on their website. Check to see what concert you would like to attend, then book your stay at Pilgrim’s Inn! Past performances have included music from composers such as Mozart, Krosnick, Chopin, Brahms, and more.
Stay at Pilgrim’s Inn
Whether you are coming to Downeast Maine for a Kneisel Hall concert or checking out the school, Pilgrim’s Inn has the perfect accommodations for you! Choose from cozy rooms or cottages that are perfect for extended stays. Every morning, you’re invited to join us for a delicious homemade breakfast to start your day off right. Then, head out on your Maine adventure!