Everyone is invited to enjoy a delightful afternoon of free entertainment Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Bay Chamber’s Odeon Holiday Concert will feature guest cellist Marc Johnson and talented musicians of all ages.!

This year’s concert, sponsored by Viking Lumber, will feature world-renowned musician Johnson, cellist of the Vermeer Quartet, as a special guest. Deirdre McClure, in her second year conducting for Bay Chamber, will direct the Odeon Junior, Youth and Adult ensembles.  Also on the program is the Odeon Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Gilda Joffe and Michael Reynolds. The repertoire will include works by Mozart, Piazzolla, Schubert and Dvorak. Following the performance, all are invited to a reception to celebrate this inter-generational community of musicians.

Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew Wolf and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber is dedicated to sustaining classical music as an art form. In concerts and in the classroom, Bay Chamber acts on its responsibility to pass along this rich musical heritage to people of all ages and abilities while at the same time acknowledging the importance, and encouraging the exploration of, all musical languages.

A 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization for more than 50 years, Bay Chamber has awarded annual prizes to young Maine musicians. Bay Chamber Community Music School offers private instruction, orchestral opportunities, and other music education to local musicians and community members of all ages and abilities. Bay Chamber Concerts presents music year-round through two performance series: the Summer Music Festival during the months of July and August, featuring classical, jazz and film events in the historic Rockport Opera House and Strand Theatre in Rockland; and the Performing Arts Series from October through May, showcasing a variety of classical, jazz, and world music as well as dance events in venues throughout Midcoast Maine.

VillageSoup Knox/Waldo Arts Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 251 or dernest@villagesoup.com.