2014 Performers Venue and Directions
Summer Season Concerts

August 14, 16, 21, and 23, 2014

Children's Concert on August 17

 

Abromson Center, USM Portland

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.

 

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2014 Summer Season Concert Schedule

Thursday August 14, 2014 at 8pm 

Opening Night:

Stravinsky, Harold Meltzer and Tchaikovsky 

Stravinsky (arr. Pearson/Brown)                 

Harold Meltzer      ​

Tchaikovsky             

Pulcinella Suite, arranged for Oboe, Strings and Piano 

Air and Angels for Oboe and Strings (World Premiere) 

Souvenir de Florence for String Sextet

 

PCMF oboist Peggy Pearson brings us her own arrangement of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite to kick off our 21st Season. Composer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Harold Meltzer also joins us for the World Premiere of his Air and Angels, written for Ms. Pearson. We conclude the evening with Tchaikovsky’s rousing and virtuosic Souvenir di Florence.

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Saturday August 16, 2014 at 8pm

Harpist Bridget Kibbey and Friends

 

Saint Saëns                        

Nathan Shields   

Debussy

Carlos Salzedo

Sebastian Currier

André Caplet

Fantaisie for Violin and Harp

Tenebrae for Harp and String Quartet (2011; rev. 2013)

Danses Sacrée et Profane for Harp and String Quartet

 Duo Sonata for Harp and Piano

Night Time Suite for Violin and Harp (1998)

Conte Fantastique for Harp and String Quartet

Harpist Bridget Kibbey returns to PCMF in a program showcasing her instrument’s history and its colorful collaborative repertoire. Bridget has a special gift for connecting with audiences with her ebullient personality and remarkable musicianship, and we look forward to sharing this program with our Portland audience.

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Sunday August 17, 2014 at 12 noon

Children's Concert

A fun, interactive concert featuring PCMF Musicians.

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Program TBA

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.

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Thursday August 21, 2014 at 8pm

Honoring the Legacy of Cellist Marc Johnson:

Boccherini, Copland and Elgar

Boccherini                         ​

Copland   ​

Elgar                     ​

Sonata in A major for Cello and Harpsichord

Sextet for Clarinet, Strings and Piano

Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84

Though Copland and Elgar are best known for their symphonic repertoire, both composed masterful works on a more intimate scale. Tonight, we bring you our first-ever performances of Copland’s rhythmically complex Sextet and Elgar’s majestic Piano Quintet – two pieces we have looked forward to bringing to Portland audiences for many years.

 

 

We dedicate this evening’s concert to the memory of our inspirational friend and colleague, cellist Marc Johnson. Marc was cellist of the Vermeer Quartet for many years and performed at the Portland Chamber Music Festival since 2009. He was to have performed at PCMF this season, and he will be missed every day.

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Saturday August 23, 2014 at 8pm 

Season Finale:

Vivaldi, Josh Newton* and Brahms

with Host Suzanne Nance

 

Vivaldi​                     

Josh Newton   

Brahms                        

Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 1 No. 1, RV 73 for two Violins and Harpsichord

Twenty-Three Skiddoo for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano

String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36

Suzanne Nance, classical host at WFMT Radio in Chicago and former Music Director at Maine Public Broadcasting, returns to Portland to host our final concert of the season. The program features the great Sextet in G major of Brahms – a true masterpiece of the chamber music literature.

 

*Winner of the 2014 PCMF Composers Competition

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