2020 Season

Salo(o)n Series

Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6 PM

Maine Craft Distilling | Portland

Warm up your Valentine’s Day with the “adventurous and immediately engaging” genre-defying string quartet Invoke.  Add signature cocktail and hors d’oeuvre pairings from Maine Craft Distilling, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an electrifying musical adventure you won’t want to miss!

Community Connections

Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 9 AM

Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine | Portland

Come experience the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Join us for a special music performance by multi-genre string quartet Invoke. They’ll share a special performance called Azure that has been designed specifically for people with cognitive disabilities of all ages and walks of life, and those close to that community.

Chamber Series

Springtime Brahms

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Episcopal Church of Saint Mary | Falmouth

There's nothing quite like Brahms in springtime! Join us for an evening of world-class chamber music in the beautiful stone Church at St. Mary's in Falmouth.

Daniel Rowland, violin
Kobi Malkin, violin
Mark Holloway, viola
Melissa Reardon, viola
Maja Bogdanovic, cello

 

Special Event

Annual Spring Benefit

Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Black Point Inn | Scarborough

Join with fellow music-lovers for the event of the season! Enjoy an elegant dinner and an exclusive silent auction, followed by an intimate live performance with Artistic Director Melissa Reardon, joined by the "classical-meets-rockstar" duo of Charles Yang and Peter Dugan. Charles and Peter blew the roof off the 2019 season with their standing-room-only “Chamber Pop” program—you won’t want to miss this!

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Program I: Grand Opening 

Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Hannaford Hall | USM Portland

PCMF’s 2020 season opens with the warmest welcome imaginable:  A sunny flute quartet by Mozart sets the stage for a charming set of songs by Beethoven and two pieces for the unforgettable combination of flute, viola and harp. Mendelssohn’s beloved Piano Trio No. 1, declared a “masterwork” by Robert Schumann, soars with exuberant lyricism and urgent vitality.

PCMF @ PHOME

Time for Three

Friday, August 7, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Portland House of Music | Portland

Defying convention and boundaries, Time For Three stands at the busy intersection of Americana, modern pop, and classical music. PCMF is honored to present the ensemble’s Portland solo debut, bringing their unique voices and mind-blowing talents, and exploring a different dimension of the intimate world of chamber music.

Nick Kendall, vocals/violin

Charles Yang, vocals violin

Ranaan Meyer, vocals/double bass

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Program II: French Evolution

Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Hannaford Hall | USM Portland

This evening of music by French composers has a certain je ne sais quoi that extends beyond the national connection. Over the course of the program, the sound world opens with a single flute and gradually expands—adding voices and building up textures—leading up to a climactic conclusion with Faure’s lushly gorgeous Second Piano Quartet.

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Program III:

The Kreutzer Affair 

Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Hannaford Hall | USM Portland

How did the name of a little known violinist become attached to three significant works of art? Beethoven dedicated his Violin Sonata No. 9 to Rudolphe Kreutzer. Tolstoy’s novella, involving a husband who becomes murderously obsessed with his wife’s musical connection with a handsome young violinist, in turn inspired Janacek’s String Quartet No. 1 which reflects on the obsessive qualities in Tolstoy’s dramatic story. Jealousy and murder, music and literature, all intertwine in this seamless, evening-length program culminating in ECCO’s doubly intense, double-quartet approach.

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Program IV: Sonic Bloom 

Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Hannaford Hall | USM Portland

The East Coast Chamber Orchestra brings maximum impact to an intimate art form with a boisterous Mozart Divertimento, Bruch’s lushly gorgeous Octet, and the gripping intensity of Schoenberg’s WWII-inspired “stand against tyranny.” Finales don’t get much grander than a “playful, audience-pleasing arrangement” of La Follia variations, “already a showcase for Baroque display, [that takes on] contemporary techniques, jazzy harmonies, subtle percussion and exuberant stomps” (New York Times).

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Spotlight Series

Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2

Monday, October 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Online ​| YouTube Premiere

“...essentially incompatible instruments, which not only do not sink their differences, but accentuate incompatibility to an even greater degree." 

 

~Maurice Ravel

 

Join us for the premiere of a video from our 2019 Festival of Ravel's Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, M. 77, followed by an interview with the artists about their experience playing the piece. 

Tai Murray, violin

Robert McDonald, piano

Chamber Series

Brentano Plays Beethoven

Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 2:30 and 5:00 PM

Congregation Bet Ha'am | South Portland

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; the New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism.” Join the worldwide celebration of Beethoven's 250th birth year with two back-to-back programs of his most iconic and beloved chamber music.

Mark Steinberg, violin

Serena Canin, violin

Misha Amory, viola

Nina Lee, cello

With Melissa Reardon, viola

PCMF @ SPACE

Michi Wiancko

Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 7:30 PM

SPACE Gallery | Portland

Internationally-acclaimed and multi-dimensional violinist, composer, and collaborator Michi Wiancko makes her solo debut in Portland with a one-woman show of new works written expressly for her by many of today’s most exciting composers. The carefully curated set list pays unique tribute to the long legacy of solo violin repertoire, ranging from old-school pyrotechnical virtuosity to sounds inhabiting the digital and mechanical world to heartfelt, gorgeous musical shapings.

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Spotlight Series

Couperin: Treizième Concert for Two Cellos 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Online | YouTube Premiere

Join us for the premiere of a video from our 2020 Festival of two movements from François Couperin's Treizième Concert for Two Cellos (1722), followed by an interview with the artists about their experience playing the piece. 

Ken Olsen, cello

Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

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