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USM Composers push 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


Don't miss Takács Quartet at UNH

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


‘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  |  October 22, 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


Prodigal daughter

The future of classical music is here
When pianist Anastasia Antonacos walks into the coffee shop for our interview, it is clear even without a piano in the room why she has been so successful.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  January 23, 2008


Piano movers and shakers

Suddenly working through lunch on a Thursday seems out of the question.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  January 16, 2008


Dancing about architecture

Alex Ross’s The Rest Is Noise
If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, as the famous saying suggests, then Alex Ross is the Lord of the Dance.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  December 19, 2007


Holiday favorites

Revive the tradition
For many of us, the holidays would not be the same without the familiar melodies and musical traditions we’ve grown to love.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  November 28, 2007
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