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Portland String Quartet, photo credit Woody Leland
June 21, 2017 Concert – Portland String Quartet
The Portland String Quartet Wednesday, June 21 – 7:00 pm This concert will be a special tribute to Sister Frances Carr - a dear friend of the Portland String Quartet for over 45 years. The Portland String Quartet will also honor Maine composer Walter Piston (1894-1967). Born in Rockland, Maine, Piston taught two generations of American composers at Harvard and in the world beyond through his acclaimed text books on Harmony and Theory. The Washington Post called the PSQ's recordings of his complete string quartets: "... a dialogue on the highest musical level." His stunning and jazzy Quartet No.5 will be complimented with masterpieces by Mozart and Debussy.
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Kevin Siegfried
June 22, 2017 Concert – Kevin Siegfried and the Portsmouth Singers with Brother Arnold
Kevin Siegfried and the Portsmouth Singers Thursday, June 22 - 7:00 pm Composer Kevin Siegfried leads the Portsmouth Singers in a program of Shaker music. The concert intersperses Siegfried’s powerful choral arrangements of Shaker songs with original Shaker songs performed in unison. Audience participation is encouraged! Between songs, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Brother Arnold Hadd shares personal and historical insights about the Shaker songwriters, the motivation for the songs, and the past and present relevance of the songs within Shaker life. In many instances, through research from original Shaker manuscripts, Siegfried reintroduces the Shakers and the public audience to songs that had previously disappeared from the Shakers’ repertoire.
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Don Roy Trio
June 23, 2017 Concert – Don Roy Trio

The Don Roy Trio Friday, June 23 – 7pm

Franco-American fiddler Don Roy is the aural signature of the Pine Tree State: crisp, straightforward fiddling that is born and bred in Maine’s French Canadian mill towns. Paralleling the Shakers’ tradition of song and dance, Don will perform a variety of mid-19th century folk and fiddle music from the Franco-American communities neighboring the Maine Shaker Villages, at a time when, Elder Joseph composed his song “Simple Gifts.” Don will be joined by pianist/step dancer Cindy Roy and bassist Jay Young; they perform throughout the Eastern States as the Don Roy Trio. Joining the trio are young musicians, the brother and sister fiddling team Rossby and Elsie Arnott from Otisfield.

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PSQ Workshop Master Class
June 23, 2017 Performance- Master Class
Friday, June 23th, 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
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June 24, 2017 Concert – Portland String Quartet, Saturday
June 24, 2017 Concert – Portland String Quartet, Saturday

The Portland String Quartet Saturday, June 24 – 7:00 pm

The Portland String Quartet honors Maine composer, distinguished Professor of Music at Bowdoin College and special guest of this festival in 2007 - Elliott Schwartz (1936 - 2016).  The Shaker symbol, "The Tree of Life," will find expression in the Shaker hymn as well as in the organic continuity of music that represents classical, romantic and avant garde styles. Works by Haydn and Dvorak will add context to Schwartz’ last work, String Quartet No.3: Portrait for Deedee, a final tribute to his beloved wife.

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