The inaugural season with Artistic Director Melissa Reardon
For Love of Clara
Melissa Reardon's first formal concert as Artistic Director features works by Clara Schumann and her inner circle on the eve of her 200th birthday, plus an exclusive sneak preview of Melissa's inaugural 2018-19 season. With pianist Diane Walsh.
Searching for Home explores the lush sonorities and sumptuous sound world of the lower strings, and probes the relationship between music and identity. Featuring recent works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, and composer/cellist Paul Wiancko, a virtuoso viola duo by George Benjamin and a set of playful Swedish folk songs, the program also includes the world premiere of a new work for two violas and two cellos.
November 15 at 7:30 PM
PCMF @ PMA
PCMF has commissioned a new work by Japanese-American cellist and composer Paul Wiancko, inspired by the sculpture of Isamu Noguchi, subject of the Portland Museum of Art's fall exhibition. Vox Petra for 2 Violas & 2 Cellos provides a musical complement to Noguchi’s restless creativity and the concept of “playing” with shapes and colors in space.
Friday, November 16 with performances at 6, 6:30, and 7 PM
Portland Museum of Art
Music Be the Food of Love
"Music Be the Food of Love," is a perfect way to experience world-class chamber music in the heart of Portland's fantastic foodie scene at restaurant Sur Lie. In partnership with Tertulia Chamber Music, this feast for all the senses is designed to showcase the shared intimacy of chamber music by interspersing performances with a multi-course meal and drink pairings.
Wednesday, February 13 at 6 PM
PCMF @ SPACE
Jenny Lin Plays Philip Glass
Pianist Jenny Lin performs seminal piano works by composer Philip Glass including selections from Etudes, his Oscar-nominated score to The Hours, and his Golden Globe-winning score to The Truman Show, as well as, Glass’s most recent work for the keyboard, his 2017 Distant Figure: a Passacaglia for solo piano. All pieces performed will be Maine premieres.
Four exuberantly innovative musicians from all around the country come together to offer up a fascinating perspective on music of the past and present. Experience the sound world opening up as voices build from solo violin to duo, to trio, to quartet; from lush Romanticism to contemporary exuberance, and back to crystalline classicism; into a clearing of tonality and harmony.
Friday, May 31 at 7:30 PM
Workshop with Maine Suzuki Association
Nick Kendall’s grandfather, John Kendall, brought the Suzuki Method to the United States in the 1960s. Fellow “Suzuki kid” Tessa Lark is a budding superstar in the classical realm and also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky. PCMF is delighted to collaborate with the Maine Suzuki Association to connect Maine's string students with these multi-faceted, passionate artists.
Join with fellow music-lovers for the event of the season! Enjoy an elegant dinner buffet sponsored by Churchill Events, and a exclusive silent auction, followed by a sampling of the inspiration and intimacy that is great chamber music. Featuring Artistic Director Melissa Reardon with Nick Kendall (Time for Three), Tessa Lark (classical violin and fiddle), and Efe Baltacigil (Principal Cello, Seattle Symphony Orchestra).
This opening program extends a warm welcome to the 2019 season with “threads” of Czech folk song and colorful music traditions from Peru. Dohnanyi’s glorious Piano Quintet, admired by Brahms (who declared "I could not have written it better myself") lends a sumptuously romantic texture to this thrilling musical tapestry.
This electrifying collaboration has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Violinist Charles Yang, acclaimed as “a pioneer who can hop between classical and popular music” and the “stunning” pianist Peter Dugan perform their own chamber pop arrangements of classic and contemporary tunes, from the Animals to Ariana Grande, Sam Cooke to Sia. Amazing artistry for all ages!
Tonight’s program explores how “fragments” of insight combine to create musical inspiration. Mahler's unfinished Piano Quartet pairs with the otherworldly homage it inspired. Nature’s soaring heights and darkest depths mirror the scope of human emotion in Schubert’s beloved lied, and illustrate Tchaikovsky’s Tuscan picture postcard with vibrant virtuosity.
Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 PM
Hannaford Hall, USM
26th Summer Season
Festival Family Concert
Join PCMF artists for "Making Music," an informal, interactive performance for music lovers of all ages, with post-concert activities designed to enhance the fun for our youngest listeners.
FREE for kids, $5 suggested contribution for adults.
Three masterfully crafted musical jewels are set in a single sparkling array, opening with Mozart's beloved Clarinet Quintet, one of the most popular chamber music works ever written. Prokofiev’s duo sonata is a tour de force showpiece, while the beautifully balanced, ingenious motifs and quicksilver color shifts of Schumann’s Piano Quartet are nothing short of revelatory.
Musical styles meet head-on in the contemporary dance party that is Collision Course, and again in the extraordinarily colorful Contrasts, written for Benny Goodman, which in turn was influenced by Ravel’s bluesy elements. The epic Octet by George Enescu, with its fiery energy and lushly symphonic sound world, brings PCMF’s 2019 season to a suitably grand finale.
“Bach Along the Silk Road” is a musical meditation on the ancient trade route via Johnny Gandelsman’s singular talent for reinventing and reimagining music of the classical canon. The Grammy award-winning violinist and producer adds rich layers to the music of Bach and beyond, exploring the connections and transcendent beauty that can be found (rather than lost) in translation.