Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

presents:

Maine Festival of American Music at Shaker Village 2018

The Maine Festival of American Music

13th Annual
June 20 - June 23, 2018

The Maine Festival of American Music seeks to broaden knowledge of Shaker music and its history in the context of the wider world of classical and folk music.

The Shakers host the festival with all concerts taking place in their 1794 Meeting House, one of Maine’s most beautiful and acoustically superb venues for vocal and instrumental performances.

Shaker music, received mostly by spiritual inspiration rather than deliberate composition, is a product of one of America’s most unique communal religious experiences. The majority of Shaker songs originate from the mid-19th century and have been preserved by the Shakers through oral tradition. There were at one time in excess of 25,000 Shaker songs and, today, as many as 1000 remain a part of the active repertoire of the Sabbathday Lake Shakers. One of these living songs, “Simple Gifts” has achieved lasting significance outside of the Shaker Church. Written originally in 1848 by Maine’s Elder Joseph Brackett, “Simple Gifts” in its best known adaptations has been used by Aaron Copland to create “Appalachian Spring” and by Martha Graham for her avant-garde dance performance “The Shakers.”

We hope to see you at the 2018 Music Festival!

Portland String Quartet, photo credit Woody LelandThe Portland String Quartet
Wednesday, June 20 – 7:00 pm

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Kevin SiegfriedKevin Siegfried and the Portsmouth Singers
Thursday, June 21 - 7:00 pm

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PSQ Workshop Master ClassFriday, June 222, 3pm– 5pm
Developing the Gift of Talent
Workshop Day at the Festival brings student and adult quartets to Shaker Village to study movements of major works from the literature with the Portland String Quartet.  Emphasis on American composers and arrangements of Shaker Hymns will be included in the culminating Master Class in the historic 1794 Meeting House (3-5pm).  This performance is FREE OF CHARGE to the general public.
Tickets FREE

Don Roy TrioThe Don Roy Trio
Friday, June 22 – 7pm

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Portland String QuartetThe Portland String Quartet
Saturday, June 23 – 7:00 pm

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Maine Festival of American Music at Shaker Village, handmade fiddle by Don Roy

Students age 21 and under are admitted free with pre-registration.

Simple Gifts, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village