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28  Summer Festival


Slide 2: Everybody by PCMF Artist Alex Sopp

Festival I: Homecoming

Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 7:30 PM

Hannaford Hall, USM | Portland 

Immerse yourself in four centuries of human expression, commemoration, and celebration from around the world. English composer Arnold Bax had an intense love of Ireland, and his otherworldly Elegiac Trio, a tribute to the tragic aftermath of the 1916 Easter Uprising, “bear[s] the scars of some just-healed wound” (AllMusic). Disco-Toccata is a musical “adrenaline pill” by one of today’s most acclaimed French composers, and a dazzling lead-in to a set of works for solo guitar, the mellifluous Nadiya (“rivers” in Hindi), and Saint-Saëns’ charming Fantaisie. The program closes with the festive humor and colorful pyrotechnics of Weber’s beloved Clarinet Quintet.

Arnold Bax Elegiac Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp (1916)

Alex Sopp, flute; Melissa Reardon, viola; Bridget Kibbey, harp


Guillaume Connesson Disco-Toccata for Clarinet and Cello (1994)

Todd Palmer, clarinet; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello


J.S. Bach Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 (1708-1717)

          II. Allemande

João Luiz Suite for Solo Guitar (2020)

         II. Sereno

Sérgio Assad 24 Studies for Guitar (2020)

         Study n.2 - Nazarethiana


João Luiz, guitar


Reena Esmail Nadiya for Flute and Viola (2016)

Alex Sopp, flute; Melissa Reardon, viola


Camille Saint-Saëns Fantaisie for Violin and Harp in A Major, Op. 124 (1907)

Tai Murray, violin; Bridget Kibbey, harp


Carl Maria von Weber Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 34 (1811-1815)

I. Allegro

II. Fantasia

III. Menuetto

IV. Rondo


Todd Palmer, clarinet; Hao Zhou and Jennifer Elowitch, violins; Melissa Reardon, viola; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello


~Attending Live? Please note that masks are required for all patrons at all times. We respectfully request that unvaccinated patrons enjoy the free live stream online rather than attend in person.

~Listening Online? The concerts will be live streamed for free on our YouTube channel. The archived streams will be available to view for 24 hours.

Meet The Artists

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Guillaume Connesson


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Jennifer Elowitch



Reena Esmail


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Bridget Kibbey

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João Luiz

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Tai Murray

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Todd Palmer

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Raman Ramakrishnan



Melissa Reardon


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Alex Sopp


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Hao Zhou


*2021 Emerging Artist

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