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.
Stravinsky (arr. Pearson/Brown)
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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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.
A fun, interactive concert featuring 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.
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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with Host Suzanne Nance
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
The 2014 PCMF Composers Competition is sponsored by a generous grant from the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation.