Portland Concert Series 2016-2017


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2016- Portland String Quartet I

SaulSeason 48 opens with the sprightly Italian Serenade by Hugo Wolf. Soprano Luette Saul joins the PSQ in Tom Myron’s dramatic work Käthe Kollwitz, commissioned for the PSQ by Julia Adams in 1998. The concert ends with Dmitri SShostakovich’s Quartet No. 5, written in 1952.

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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2016- VentiCordi Chamber Music

VentiCordi 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, 2016! 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 4 2016- Portland String Quartet IIJesus

The second PSQ concert begins with the ‘Lyric Quartette’ written by William Grant Still, often referred to as “the Dean of African-American Composers”. The 1873 Quartet by Giuseppe Verdi being performed at this concert is the only surviving chamber music in his catalogue. The final piece is Johannes Brahms Viola Quintet No. 1 with guest violist Jesus Alfonzo who was one of the PSQ's first students in the Orquesta Juvenil Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela. As a "founder" of that group, he haw written a book that documents the impact the Portland Strin Quartet had on the formation of "El Sistema"


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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2017- 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/KargulA special Valentine’s Day concert with PSQ violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul, as they treat us to major romantic literature for violin and piano, featuring the the beloved Sonata #1 in G major by Brahms, Franck Sonata in A Major and Clara Schumann's Romance No. 3. 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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Co-presented by: USM

SATURDAY APRIL 23, 2017 - Portland String Quartet III

The third and final PSQ Concert begins with Haydn’s Op 20 No. 4 a defining moment in the birth of the string quartet. The PSQ has always been closely associated with Walter Piston’s music and will perform his lively Quartet No. 5. The concert closes with Dvorak’s Quartet No. 11 in C Major, Op. 61, a 12 tone quartet commissioned by the Kroll Quartet in 1962.

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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.



Welcome to Chamber Music

'Papa' Haydn: Father of the Modern String Quartet

The PSQ will present a discussion and performance of Joseph Haydn's String Quartet Op. 20 no. 4 in D Major. Written in 1772, Haydn's Op. 20 begins the transformation of the string quartet form into the conversational, dramatic, dynamic genre that it is today. This Welcome to Chamber Music event will include discussion of the quartet's inception at Nicholas Esterhazy's "Hungarian Versailles", its influence on future works and an exploration of the delightful quirks that make it innovative as well as "uniquely Haydnesque"!
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Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 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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