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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


Arts and culture go begging

The Portland Symphony Orchestra loses some signature events.
The Portland Symphony is in trouble. The unresolved dominant-seventh chord — a $2 million loss over the past eight years, and a possible shortfall of $220,000 this year alone — would be a setback for any company. But for the symphony, this is more than that.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 11, 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


Double duty DJ

That landmark new work the Portland Symphony's playing? The composer's DJ-ing at SPACE.
Electronica DJ Masonic, who will be performing October 5 at SPACE Gallery, has an alter ego. He is also classical music composer Mason Bates.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  September 24, 2008


New beginnings

Classical music comes alive this fall
Step into any classical music rehearsal space right now and you can almost taste the excitement.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  September 10, 2008


A classical end to summer

Bay Chamber Concerts presents three last summer shows
For the next two weeks the Bay Chamber Concert Series will present the end of their Summer Music Festival with three exciting concerts well worth the drive to Camden-Rockport area.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  August 20, 2008


Crowded stage

Ballet showcase grows and grows
Portland Ballet Company will present its annual Portland Dances! New Works Showcase, a sampler of original jazz, modern, point, and experimental choreography.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  August 27, 2008


Star-cross’d singers

PORTOpera's Romeo et Juliette
French Romantic-era composer Charles Gounod’s version of the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet is the most famous operatic setting.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  July 23, 2008


Beethoven summer

At the Bowdoin International Music Festival
The only music festival in Maine to be mentioned in the New York Times "Summer Stages" segment, this spectacular music fest can be appreciated by classical connoisseurs and novices alike.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  June 18, 2008



Local organist finds his heart in Ecuador
From January to April, Portland’s municipal organist Ray Cornils was in Ecuador performing.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  June 11, 2008


In with a bang

An interview with incoming Portland Symphony director Robert Moody
It’s only in classical music that we shy away from the new. In theater and popular music something more than seven years old is too old.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 30, 2008



Westbrook native returns after Carnegie Hall solo debut
In the beginning, Roberta Michel sat in the back of the flute section in the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble. She was not a prodigy.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 02, 2008


Musical time-travel

A Baroque program with the DaPonte String Quartet
Powdered wigs may be fashion-forward, as Portland's State Street Church becomes a time machine, transporting the audience back to the early 1700s.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  March 26, 2008


Breaking boundaries

Speaking with the New England Dance Project
Expanding the range of venues for artistic dance in southern Maine, the City Theater in Biddeford will host the second annual New England Dance Project on March 29.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  March 19, 2008


Elitism is dead

Long live classical-music elitism
There is nothing more elitist than suggesting a genre is over average people’s heads.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  March 05, 2008


Quartet for a very long time

Catch the PSQ before they head out on tour
Any opportunity to see Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major performed by musicians of this caliber should always be taken.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 27, 2008
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