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PSQ's 48th Season

The Portland String Quartet - 48th Season

The programs chosen for the 48th season reflect the widest variety that chamber music offers: from recent commissions to beloved masterpieces. The PSQ were 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 music continues with the addition of Patrick Own on cello and Dean Stein on first violin.

To open the season, September 25, 2016, the PSQ will perform the sprightly Italian Serenade by Hugo Wolf. Soprano Luette Saul joins the PSQ in Tom Myron’s dramatic work Käthe Kollwitz, commissioned for the PSQ by Julia Adams in 1998 celebrating the PSQ’s 30th Anniversary. The concert concludes with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 5, written in 1952, premiered in November 1953 and dedicated to the Beethoven Quartet, to whom it is dedicated

Back by popular demand, November 6, 2016 VentiCordi Chamber Music performs with music for winds and strings. VentiCordi Chamber Music has won the Down East Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for the best performing group in the State of Maine! Directors Kathleen McNerney, oboist and the PSQ’s own Dean Stein, violinist, bring diverse and beautiful programs, performed by them and several guest artists with passion and grace.

The second PSQ concert, December 4, 2016 begins with the ‘Lyric Quartette” written by William Grant Still, often referred to as “the Dean of African-American Composers”. The 1873 Quartet by Giuseppe Verdi being performed at this concert is the only surviving chamber music in his catalogue. The final piece is Johannes Brahms Viola Quintet No. 1 with guest violist Jesus Alfonzo who was one of the PSQ’s first students in the Orquesta Juvenil Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela. As a “founder” of that group, he has written a book that documents the first five years of “El Sistema” including a chapter on the impact of the Portland String Quartet in that process.

Join us in a Valentine’s Day celebration on February 12, 2017 with PSQ violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul, Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern Maine as they treat us to romantic literature for violin and piano, featuring the Sonata #1 in G major by Brahms, and the suite for violin and piano ‘Dans la montagne’ by the French composer Joseph Canteloube. LARK welcomes their return to the Concert Series. 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 third and final Portland String Quartet Concert, April 23, 2017, begins with Haydn’s Op 20 No. 4 a defining moment in the birth of the string quartet. The PSQ has always been closely associated with Walter Piston’s music and will perform his lively Quartet No. 5. The concert and season closes with Dvorak’s Quartet No. 11 in C Major, a 12 tone quartet commissioned by the Kroll Quartet in 1962.