The Maine Festival of American Music:
Its Roots and Traditions
12th Season, June 21-24, 2017
Presented by the United Society of Shakers
Musical Directors: The Portland String Quartet
All performances take place in the 1794 Meeting House
Sabbathday Lake, New Gloucester, Maine
The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community in a close association with the Portland String Quartet has enjoyed annual concerts and shared personal events since the 1970s. Now, entering its twelfth Festival season, their musical and educational collaboration continues as strong as ever. This Festival has become a high point in the Sabathday Lake Shaker calendar and in the quartet's busy year-round schedule of concerts and workshops. No venue offers a more beautiful and acoustically welcoming setting for chamber music than the 1794 Meeting House. As the Portland Press Herald proclaimed: "Portland String Quartet at Shaker House Simply a Gift."
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Patrick Owen, cello Julia Adams, viola Ronald Lantz, violin Dean Stein, violin
Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. Portland String Quartet
A special tribute to Sister Frances Carr, the Quartet No. 5 by Walter Piston a native of Rockland Maine (1894-1967) will be performed and along with his stunning and jazzy compositions the complimentary pieces of the masters Mozart and Debussy . $20
Thursday, June 22 , 7:00 p.m
Kevin Siegfried, Portsmouth Singers, and Brother Arnold Hadd
Composer Kevin Siegfried leads the Portsmouth Singers in a program of Shaker msuc. Audience particpation is encouraged! Brother Arnold Hadd shares personal and historical insights about past and present relevance of the songs within Shaker life. $20
Friday, June 23 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Developing the Gift of Talent. Workshop Day at the Festival brings student and adult quartets to Shaker Village to study movements of major works from the literature with the Portland String Quartet. Master Class will be held in the historic 1794 Meeting House (3-5pm). FREE OF CHARGE to the public
Friday Evening, June 23, -7:00 p.m.
The Don Roy Trio Franco-American fiddler Don Roy is the aural signature of the Pine Tree State: crisp, straightforward fiddling that is born and bred in Maine's French Canadian mill towns. $15
Saturday, June 24, -7:00 p.m.
Portland String Quartet honors maine composer, and distinguished Professor of Music at Bowdoin College Elliott Schwartz. Works by Haydn and Dvorak will add context to Schwartz' last work, String Quartet No. 3: Portrait for Deedee, a final tribute to his beloved wife. $20
"The 2017 Workshop Day at the Maine Festival of American Music brought 34 musicians of all ages to Shaker Village for a day of chamber music study with the Portland String Quartet. From Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn to William Grant Still, Walter Piston and the presence of a young composer - Soren Nyhus - along with the world premier of his latest string quartet "Grazioso" - made this 12th season of the MFAM very special!
Ticket prices are $20 for adults, and free with reservation for students ages 21 and under.
Visit <http://www.shaker.lib.me.us/maine_festival.html> or call (207) 926-4597 for further information. Workshop Day fee is $60 pp. Inquiries can be sent to Julia Adams: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 773-2597.
We hope to see you at the Shaker Village this summer!
Previous year's festival information: 2014 2013,2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
The Portland String Quartet Workshop -
Saint Joseph's College, Standish, ME, July 23 -August 6, 2017
Since 1975 talented students from all over the U.S. and abroad have come to Maine for an intensive two-week session of chamber music study and performance with the Portland String Quartet. Known as "a model of experienced ensemble playing" - The New York Times, the PSQ Workshop provides a rigorous schedule of rehearsals, coaching sessions, master classes and concerts designed to communicate the art of ensemble performance to a new generation of gifted string players.
The Workshop fee of $1550 includes tuition, meals and lodging on campus, a Workshop T-Shirt and a photo. A limited number of partial scholarships may be awarded. Registration is Sunday July 23rd, 3:00 - 5:00pm.
Pre-registration is required and all applicants must include a $150 deposit made payable to "The Portland String Quartet." This deposit will be credited to tuition upon acceptance and refunded only if the application is not accepted. The balance of the Workshop fee, $1400, is due June 8, 2017.
Special consideration is given to string quartets applying as full ensembles. New applicants must submit an audition CD or video of approximately 10 minutes duration or arrange a live audition. All applicants need to send a brief resume along with their deposit to:
Ronald Lantz, 179 Longfellow Street, Portland, ME, 04103 U.S.A.
E-mail address: <email@example.com>
Participant concerts will take place on Saturday, August 5th, at 2:30 and at 7:00 p.m.
We look forward to working with you this summer at Saint Joseph's!
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Registration forms can be downloaded here: