PSQ's 46th Season
"The Portland String Quartet - Energized"
The Portland String Quartet brings to its 46th concert season three outstanding guest cellists and an ensemble mix that includes VentiCordi and the Lantz/Kargul Duo. These five programs represent chamber music in its fullest dimension and highest quality - and they continue an impressive history of chamber music-making in Maine year-round!
Recipients of the 2013 CMAcclaim Award from the organization Chamber Music America for the work of founding members Stephen Kecskemethy, Ronald Lantz, Julia Adams and Paul Ross, the quartet continues to transition with the retirement of Paul Ross, cellist extraordinaire for 45 years. Dean Stein completed his second full year as first violinist with a smooth transition of musical excellence.
To open the season, October 12, 2014, the Portland String Quartet includes a performance of the first of the “Rasumovsky” (or “Razumovsky”) quartets, Beethoven Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op 59, No. 1, written in 1806, as commissioned by the Russian ambassador in Vienna, Count Andreas Razumovsky. The PSQ will also perform the Haydn ‘Lark’ String Quartet (1788-1790) and Henry Cowell’s ‘United Quartet’ (1936).
Praised as, “excellent musicians who played with passion, grace and with excellent intonation”, VentiCordi spotlights music for winds and strings November 9, 2014. Directors Kathleen McNerney, oboist and the PSQ’s own Dean Stein, violinist, create fascinating programs, performed by them and guest artists. Come hear this critically acclaimed ensemble in their Portland debut.
The Portland String Quartet concert December 7, 2014 continues to explore the “Rasumovsky” quartets with String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No.2. The concert will also include the ‘Viennese’ quartet by Mozart K. 168 composed in 1773, and the Piston Quartet No. 2 composed in 1935.
Guest cellist Andrew Mark, a frequent performer with the Portland Chamber Music Festival, is on the faculty of Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division and Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 15, 2015 with PSQ violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul, Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern Maine, as they explore the rich and varied romantic literature for violin and piano. Since their first appearance together on the LARK series in 2010, Lantz and Kargul have performed widely as a duo in New England and other venues as far-flung as Arizona, Florida and Jamaica. Their passionate playing combined with lively and insightful commentary makes for a rare and exciting afternoon of chamber music.
This concert is being co-presented by the Lark Society for Chamber Music and the University of Southern Maine School of Music.
The PSQ will close the concert season, April 19, 2015 with a program anchored by the last of the Beethoven 59’s, the String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59. No.3. This concluding concert also features the ‘Quartettsatz’ written as a first movement by Franz Schubert in 1820 and Peter Schikele’s Quartet No. 1 ‘American Dreams’ commissioned by the Audubon Quartet in 1983.
Third and final guest cellist soon to be announced.