Seventh Annual Maine Festival of American Music:
Its Roots and Traditions June 27 - 30, 2012

"Discovery in Sound:
Bringing Music to Life through Scholars and Performers"

Presented by The United Society of Shakers of Sabbathday Lake, with musical direction by The Portland String Quartet

Wednesday, June 27:
"The Athens of the North: Music, Art and Architecture in mid-nineteenth century Portland"
Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth joins the PSQ in a celebration of the music of John Knowles Paine and the history of Portland during the mid-19th century. A power-point presentation by Earle Shettleworth will be paired with a performance of the String Quartet in D Major, Op.5 (circa 1855) of John Knowles Paine. This manuscript was recently brought to life through the individual part preparation by the Portland String Quartet. Guest violinist Dean Stein.
Thursday, June 28:
"In the Shaker Tradition: Shaker Quick Dance and Fiddle Tunes"
Brother Arnold Hadd and Master Fiddler Gregory Boardman join the Portland String Quartet in an exploration of Shaker Quick Dance music and its connections to American fiddling. The world premier of a Festival Commissioned composition by Boardman - Quartet for Fiddle and String Quartet - will culminate this program.
Friday, June 29:
"Workshop Day at Sabbathday Lake"
Music students and amateur players from all over New England and beyond will come to the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village to rehearse and perform movements from the American chamber music repertoire. A Master Class will be held in the 1794 Meeting House, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 30:
"Out of the Box! - Women Composers Break Barriers with Masterpieces"
- a dynamic lecture/demonstration with pianist Virginia Eskin, the PSQ and guest violinist Dean Stein. A program of works by Marion Bauer, Rebecca Clarke, Ruth Crawford and Kay Gardner will conclude with the stunningly beautiful Piano Quintet by Amy Beach. (207) 926-4597

"(The Portland String Quartet) has the resonant mastery of great European quartets....a power greater than the sum of perfect parts surfaces..."

-The Daily Freeman(N.Y.)




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