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Maine's classical concerts in summer 2012

Orchestras and operas galore
Orchestras and operas galore
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 06, 2012


Moving out

88 keys, 2 songwriters, 1 grand plan
At the heart of the cover-band craze that's recently swept Portland is a very simple concept: musicians getting paid.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 04, 2011


Cooking with steam

Radiator music warms up local orchestra
While most of us find the clang and bang of old radiators an annoying aspect of living in an old building, composer Travis Ramsey thought they sounded like music.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 24, 2010


From deli to concert hall

Crossing, and expanding, boundaries with Brooklyn Rider
If you're a young (or youngish) music fan looking to become a little bit more engaged with classical music, there is truly no better time than right now, particularly if you'll find yourself in Portland this weekend.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 24, 2010


Tuba song

Hunter moves from the back of the hall to the spotlight
Dan Hunter wants you to know that a tuba is more than an oom-pah-pah machine or the big, shiny bell in the back of the orchestra. To Hunter, the tuba is a storyteller, an opera singer, and a melodic instrument.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 17, 2010


He is a real composer

And don't you try to tell Joshua Newton otherwise
Joshua Newton wants you to know he doesn't write classical music.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  October 07, 2009


Classical inheritance

Two fixtures hand over the reins to a younger generation
A teacher told me years ago that someday "you young people will inherit classical music. Then you can do with it what you want." And so I've been waiting.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  September 30, 2009

classical list

String vacation

Soundtrack for summer in Maine
With the Portland Symphony's elimination of its popular, but debt-inducing, Independence Pops concert series, Portlanders will have to travel a little farther to satisfy their classical-music appetites this summer. But it will be well worth the mileage.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  July 08, 2009

A pair of classical gems

String quartets pair up
Sunday afternoon, two string quartets — the Borromeo and the Portland — will meet and join forces for a rare performance of a pair of classical gems, Johannes Brahms's String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36 and Felix Mendelssohn's Octet in E flat Major, Op. 20 .
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 15, 2009


German birthday cake

The Choral Art Society perform Mendelssohn's Elijah
Tuesday's gift from Portland's Choral Art Society to German composer Felix Mendelssohn, on the occasion of what would be his 200th birthday, will be one of his greatest works (Elijah), and one of their biggest undertakings.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  March 25, 2009


The show goes on

Soprano Renée Fleming visits the PSO
Soprano Renée Fleming visits the PSO
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 11, 2009


Like a fine wine

Pianist Laura Kargul joins the Portland String Quartet for a birthday party.
To celebrate the group's 40th anniversary, the Portland String Quartet will have a good time playing some favorites, but also will push themselves with some of the most difficult works they perform. They'll have help from renowned pianist Laura Kargul, who will join in for one of the three program selections.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 04, 2009


Beyond tradition

Two concerts seek fresh ears for 'classical' music
On December 6 the University of Southern Maine Composers' Showcase will offer selections from new composers for eclectic ensembles, and on December 8 the Decompression Chamber Music Ensemble will offer an interactive concert pairing Robert Schumann with Philip Glass.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  December 03, 2008


Expressions of war

Don't miss the Takács Quartet at UNH
One of the best string quartets in the world will be within a D-string's distance from Portland, come Monday night.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  November 12, 2008


Can classical be underground?

Portsmouth's Navona Records releases an indie aesthetic for orchestra
At least one of the reasons many of us contemporary-music fans don't get into classical music is because it seems like no one wants us to listen to it.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 14, 2008


‘New music’ agenda

Modern works performed by the Bayside Trio
The Bayside Trio push the boundaries of modern classical music, performing works by living or recent composers.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  January 28, 2010

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