Portland Concert Series 2017-2018

SUNDAY OCTOBER 1, 2017 - Portland String Quartet I


Season 49 opens with Franz Joseph Haydn's Quartet in G Major, Op 54 No. 1, one of the pieces dedicated to Johann Tost a violinist at Esterhaza. Two compositions of French composers complete the program; Quartet in G Minor Op. 10 by Claude Debussy, focusing on color and light as the impressionist visual art and Quartet in D Major by Cesar Franck, his music marked by soaring melodic flights, both exemplify the feeling and musical flavor of France.

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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2017 - VentiCordi Chamber MusicVentiCordi Logo

Lauded for their ‘beautifully articulated, shapely playing and rock-solid ensemble’, VentiCordi concerts blend wind and string instruments. VentiCordi Chamber Music has won the Down East Magazines’ Readers’ Choice award for best performing group in the state of Maine, 2017! Artistic Directors Kathleen McNerney, oboist and the PSQ’s own Dean Stein, violinist, joined by other wonderful musicians, offer you a rich and unique experience.


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SUNDAY DECEMBER 3, 2017- Portland String Quartet II


The second PSQ concert highlights the musical endeavors of two beloved composers and teachers in Maine. Peter Ré, pianist and conductor at Colby College, who died in 2016 wrote the Quartet No. 3 for the Portland String Quartet in 1987 which will be performed at this concert. With an enduring relationship between Paul Hindemith and Peter the PSQ will also perform Paul Hindemith's String Quartet No. 7 in E Flat major. Elliott Schwartz a Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music at Bowdoin College known for his music that reflected the "unpredictability of normal experience" wrote his last composition in memory of his wife graphic artist Dorothy Feldman Schwartz. The PSQ will perform String Quartet No. 3 Portrait (for Deedee) at this concert.


The last piece of the concert will be Quartet in F Minor,"Serioso" Op. 95 by Ludwig van Beethoven. This quartet is the last of his middle period and referred to as the 'Serioso' from the title of the third movement as a tempo designation. The shortest and most compact and seems to have been written for connoisseurs with its experiments with compositional techniques and freedom with tonality in his sonata form.


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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2018- Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul

This concert will be co-presented by the Lark Society for Chamber Music and the University of Southern Maine School of Music.

Lantz/KargulJust after Valentine’s Day this concert with PSQ violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul, will treat us to major romantic literature for violin and piano. LARK welcomes their return to the Concert Series. Their passionate playing combined with lively and insightful commentary makes for a rare and exciting afternoon of chamber music.

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SUNDAY APRIL 22, 2018 - Portland String Quartet III

The third and final PSQ Concert includes favorites by Mozart, Piston and Brahms. LARK will welcome a flute soloist to perform the Flute Quartet in D Major, K 285 of W. A. Mozart,written for Dutch Flutist Ferdinand de Jean in 1777, and the Quintet for Flute and String Quartet by Walter Piston, which exemplifies his sophisticated and witty style capturing the cultural and philosophic trappings of his native New England. The last performance of the season will be the String Quartet in B flat Major, Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms. This piece although dedicated to Theodor Wilhelm Engelman, a cellist, contains melody in the third movement is mainly played by the viola. He had hoped to support the viola's popularity.

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All concerts are at 2pm., Woodford's Congregational Church; Woodford Street; Portland, Maine. General admission $22; Seniors $20; 21 and under: free. Subsidized tickets available. Info: (207) 761-1522.
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Welcome to Chamber Music

The musicians of the Portland String Quartet will each spend time talking about music’s most basic elements. Using examples from the rich string quartet literature, the PSQ will show how careful handling of these elements can produce a unified, expressive product. Discussions and Q&A will surely add provocative opinion, insight and a special cheer that is typical of PSQ programs.
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Sunday, March 18, 2018 - Woodford's Congregational Church, Portland Memorial Hall - 2-3:30 pm

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"The Portland String Quartet performed brilliantly, arguing the composer's case with passion and precision. One couldn't have asked for more persuasive, more unified and more yearningly lyrical playing."

-New York Times






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