Save the dates for our 2014 Summer Festival at the Abromson Center, USM Portland.
August 14, 16, 21, and 23
Children's Concert on August 17
Please check back soon for 2014 programs and performers.
The Portland Chamber Music Festival’s summer concert series is our signature event. The series features nationally acclaimed performers in a wide range of repertoire including the music of living composers. Audience members note the warm and “unstuffy” atmosphere of festival concerts, and performers often address the audience directly with onstage commentary.
PCMF’s summer concerts are held at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus -- an easily accessible, modern, air-conditioned venue close to downtown Portland.
We are pleased to announce that Dan Sonenberg, Associate Professor and Resident Composer of the University of Southern Maine, joins us in 2013 to present informal pre-concert lectures from 7 – 7:30 pm preceding each 8 pm concert. The 2013 pre-concert lectures are supported in part by the Maine Humanities Council.
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Click to read to peruse the pages of PCMF's 2013 Summer Season Brochure.
Thursday August 8, 2013 at 8pm (pre-concert lecture at 7pm)
We welcome our Twentieth Anniversary Season with music of J.S. Bach, who ushered in the great chamber music era that followed. The performance of his Sonata in D major marks the happy return to PCMF of both violist Jessica Thompson and harpsichordist Peter Sykes after their absences last summer. 2013 Resident Composer Anna Weesner of the University of Pennsylvania faculty also joins us to introduce her riveting duo for violin and cello. The program concludes with our first-ever performance of the lush “Concert” of Chausson, featuring violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa of the Horszowski Trio as soloists.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba & Keyboard No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028
Sudden, Unbidden for Violin and Cello
Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21
with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa
Saturday August 10, 2013 at 8pm (pre-concert lecture at 7pm)
* Winner, 2013 PCMF Composers Competition
Violinist Frank Huang, Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony, is the featured soloist in Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Mr. Huang, who returns to PCMF for his third summer, was the winner of the Naumburg and Hannover International Violin Competitions — and we can’t wait for you to hear him play this true masterpiece of the Baroque period. Earlier in the evening, we bring you Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” in this intimate arrangement for strings and piano. We also introduce the winner of our sixth international Composers Competition, chosen from this year’s field of 175 applicants.
The Portland Chamber Music Festival Composers Competition is supported by a generous grant from the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation.
Mother Goose Suite (arr. for Strings and Piano)
27 Morningside for Piano Trio (Winner, 2013 PCMF Composers Competition)
The Four Seasons
with violinist Frank Huang, Houston Symphony Concertmaster
A fun, interactive concert featuring host Theodore Wiprud, Vice President, Education, at the New York Philharmonic, and PCMF Musicians.
This program is designed for children from age 3 to 7 and their families.
Free, No Tickets Required
For more information, visit PCMF's Children's Concert page.
Thursday August 15, 2013 at 8pm (pre-concert lecture at 7pm)
with host Suzanne Nance of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Laurie San Martin
We open this evening’s concert with our vote for the most beautiful 20th Century woodwind quintet -- Samuel Barber’s evocative “Summer Music.” PCMF Resident Composer Laurie San Martin of the University of California at Davis faculty also joins us to introduce her “Circus Maximus,” performed tonight by the Hikari Trio (violinist Jennifer Elowitch, cellist Elizabeth Anderson, and pianist Yuri Funahashi). The program concludes with a performance of the Brahms Piano Quintet featuring the winner of our 2013 Young Artist Apprentice Auditions.
The Portland Chamber Music Festival Young Artist Apprentice program is supported by a generous grant from the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.
Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet
Circus Maximus for Piano Trio
Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
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Saturday August 17, 2013 at 8pm (pre-concert lecture at 7 pm)
Our summer season ends with this colorful program featuring Mozart’s Horn Quintet, a delightful and unusual work for horn, violin, two violas, and cello. Many of you may have seen The Metropolitan Opera’s HD Broadcast of Thomas Ades’s “The Tempest” this season, and his “Court Studies” is a suite of pieces from the opera. Our Twentieth Anniversary Season concludes with most of the week’s performers onstage for our first performance of the virtuosic 1813 Nonet of Louis Spohr.
Horn Quintet in E flat major, K. 407
Court Studies from The Tempest
Nonet in F major, Op. 31
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