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2023 Season

Maine Suzuki Association Masterclass

Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 10 AM

Hannaford Hall, USM | Portland

PCMF Artistic Director and Borromeo String Quartet violist Melissa Reardon will give a chamber music masterclass to students in partnership with the Maine Suzuki Association. The masterclass will run for approximately one hour, and is free and open to the public to attend.

Reminder that tickets to the Borromeo String Quartet concert later in the day are
FREE for those ages 21 and under!


Borromeo String Quartet

Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 3 PM

Hannaford Hall, USM | Portland

Celebrated around the world for their “edge-of-the-seat performances” (Boston Globe), PCMF Artistic Director Melissa Reardon is the newest member of the award-winning Borromeo String Quartet. This dazzling ensemble makes its PCMF debut with a program that runs the gamut of glorious string quartet sounds: from playful, gracious Haydn to a folk-infused fantasia by Bartók, to Debussy’s inventive, shimmering sensuality.


Haydn String Quartet Op. 74, No. 2

Bartók String Quartet No. 2​

Debussy String Quartet, Op. 10 

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Summer Salon & Social

Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 3:00 PM

Shore Road | Cape Elizabeth

Enjoy informal performances and conversation with extraordinary musicians, elegant refreshments from Bread & Butter Catering Company, and the company of fellow chamber music enthusiasts in a delightfully intimate setting.

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PCMF Insights:
Charles Overton Artist Talk

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Portland Conservatory of Music | Portland

Join us for this free event to hear how PCMF Resident Artist Charles Overton approaches improvising on the harp, and how his classical and jazz backgrounds have helped inform his musical voice. This moderated talk will include live demonstrations, with time at the end for an audience Q&A.

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Program I:
First Impressions

Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Hannaford Hall, USM | Portland

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Clarinet Quintet is filled with lush, youthful extravagance, incorporating traditions from both his African and English heritage. Ravel’s highly original Piano Trio is an exquisite work of consummate lightness and stunning power.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Clarinet Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 10

Maurice Ravel Piano Trio in A Minor

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Charles Overton Quartet

Friday, August 11, 2023 at 8:00 PM

SPACE | Portland

Boston-based harpist Charles Overton and his jazz quartet (harp, saxophone, bass, drums) make their Portland debut!


Program II:
Summer Dreams

Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Hannaford Hall, USM | Portland 

Step right up for an utterly delightful mini musical vacation with sounds and scenes of the English countryside for piano four-hands, a poetic harp quintet, the jazzy flavors of Gershwin and the folksy flair of Dvořák’s masterful piano quartet.

Amy Beach Summer Dreams, Op. 47 for Piano Four-Hands 

Arnold Bax Quintet for Harp and Strings

George Gershwin (arr. for Clarinet and Piano) Three Preludes

Antonín Dvořák Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87

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Program III:
The Kreutzer Connection

Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Hannaford Hall, USM | Portland

Beethoven’s brilliant “Kreutzer” Sonata serves as a primary plot point of Tolstoy’s controversial novella of the same name, which in turn inspired Janáček’s powerful string quartet. Intertwining these two landmark works with selected readings, this fascinating program explores the nature of artistic inspiration.

Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"

Leo Tolstoy The Kreutzer Sonata (1889), selected readings

Leoš Janáček String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"

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Program IV:
Grand Finale

Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Hannaford Hall, USM | Portland

PCMF’s 30th summer season concludes with Schubert’s sunny Octet, with its bountiful array of strings and winds, hummable tunes, and genial Viennese charm, paired with the witty sophistication of Germaine Tailleferre and a passionately dramatic trio rooted in Armenian folk music.

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Arno Babadjanian Piano Trio in F-sharp Minor

Franz Schubert Octet in F Major, D. 803

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PCMF with Heifetz on Tour
Songs, Dances, and Romances

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 8 PM

Portland Conservatory of Music | Portland

Introducing an exciting new collaboration! PCMF Artistic Director Melissa Reardon joins Heifetz on Tour, which pairs professional musicians with promising young alumni of the Heifetz International Music Institute, connecting “rising stars” of the chamber music world with diverse communities around the country.


C. Schumann Three Romances, Op. 22 

De Falla Suite Populaire Espagnole

Sicong Ma Rondo No. 2

Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor

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