Bay Chamber Concerts will conclude 2011 Summer Music Festival with two First Chair All Stars concerts featuring Joseph Silverstein, Anthony McGill, Robin Sutherland and more.

On Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m., Bay Chamber Concerts will presents First Chair All Stars — Mostly Brahms at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. The concert will feature first chair musicians from some of the nation’s top orchestras, including Silverstein, violin; McGill, clarinet; Michael Ouzounian, viola; Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello; Timothy Cobb, bass; and Sutherland, piano. McGill, principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, is remembered for his performance at President Obama’s inauguration as part of a quartet that included cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Gabriela Montero.

Ticketholders are invited to a Music & Art exchange featuring Bay Chamber artistic director Thomas Wolf , Farnsworth Art Museum chief curator Michael Komanecky and photographer Paul Caponigro at 7 p.m. at the museum. They will explore virtuosity as the accomplished photographer adds his perspective on virtuosity in the visual arts. Seating is limited; pre-registration is recommended by 4 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a post-concert reception with the artists immediately following the performance at a nearby In Good Company.

The following evening, Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., First Chair All Stars — Season Finale” will again feature Silverstein, McGill, Ouzounian, Finkelshteyn, Cobb and Sutherland performing chamber music masterpieces. The final work on the program, Schubert’s enormously popular “Trout Quintet,” will conclude Bay Chamber Concerts’ 2011 Summer Music Festival.

Ticketholders are invited to a free pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. featuring the musicians and Wolf in the downstairs meeting room. There will be a special post-concert champagne reception with the artists immediately following the concert at the nearby Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

For more information or to purchase tickets for either concert, visit or call 236-2823. Discounts of up to 30 percent are available for subscribers and groups of eight or more. The website offers print-at-home ticketing.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to