The Maine Festival of American Music: Its Roots and TraditionsFor further information:
Sixth Season, July 6 - 9, 2011
Shaker Meeting House, Sabbathday Lake
America's Musics: A Rich Tapestry for the 21st Century
"We've taken it all in: French, Dutch, German, Scotch, Scandinavian, Italian and all the rest, and learned it from one another, borrowed it, stolen it, cooked it all up in a melting pot. So what our composers are finally nourished on is a folk music that is probably the richest in the world, and all of it is American." - Leonard Bernstein
Wednesday, July 6th - 7:00 p.m.
"Sabbathday Steel: Maine's 'Island Beats' steel band forges ties with folk musics from the Caribbean to Maine"
Thursday, July 7th - 7:00 p.m.
"Elysian Fields in Shaker Hymns and Contemporary Composition"
Elysium/Canaan/Heaven is a concept or place of eternal
bliss from ancient Greek and Roman times but is also
current in music sung and composed today. A movement
from Gil Shohat's "Elysian Plains Quartet" (2010) will be
included as Br. Arnold Hadd speaks about this concept in
selected Shaker Hymns performed by the PSQ.
Friday, July 8th - 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Chamber Music Workshop - participants will prepare and perform
works from the 20th and 21st century American literature
Saturday, July 9th - 7:00 p.m.
"Sabbathday Riffs: The Fusion of Classical, Jazz and World Musics"
Music by John Knowles Paine, Bert Ligon and Johannes Brahms
The Portland String Quartet with
guest artist Matthew Szemela, Violin
Concert tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for Seniors, free with advance reservation for students 21 and under. Workshop participants: $60. Checks should be made payable to "The United Society of Shakers". The June 25 Master Class is free and open to the public.
Contact the United Society of Shakers, 707 Shaker Rd., New Gloucester, ME 04260, (207) 926-4597. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Woody Leland
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