Maine Festival of American Music
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June 21, 2017 Concert – Portland String Quartet
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.
June 23, 2017 Performance- Master Class
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.