PSQ's 47th Season
The Portland String Quartet - 47th Season
The programs chosen for the 47th season reflect the widest variety that chamber music offers: from recent commissions to beloved masterpieces. The PSQ will bring to the series a major and stunning work by Leoš Janáček, “Intimate Letters.” The inclusion of piano with Lantz/Kargul and winds with VentiCordi brings the full spectrum of chamber music to the LARK Series. The PSQ were recipients of the 2013 CMAcclaim Award from the organization Chamber Music America for the work of founding members Stephen Kecskemethy, Ronald Lantz, Julia Adams and Paul Ross. The first change of membership was Dean Stein and he completed his third full year as first violinist with a smooth transition of musical excellence. This year comes the announcement of the new cello and member of the Portland String Quartet.
To open the season, September 17, 2015, the concert includes the wonderful Norman Dello Joio’s Lyrical Interludes written for and dedicated to the PSQ. This piece premiered here in Portland November 1998. First on the program is Mozart’s String Quartet No. 23 in F Major dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II. Closing the program Maurice Ravel’s String quartet in F major (1903). It was premiered in Paris in March the following year
Back by popular demand, November 8, 2015 VentiCordi Chamber Music performs with “passion, grace”. VentiCordi spotlights music for winds and strings. Directors Kathleen McNerney, oboist and the PSQ’s own Dean Stein, violinist, bring diverse and beautiful programs, performed by them and several guest artists.
The Portland String Quartet concert December 6, 2015 will include: the bird like violin melodies of the Haydn Op. 33, No. 3, “The Birds” written in 1781, the Ernest Bloch Quartet No. 2 in A minor written in 1946 and the Beethoven String Quartet Op. 132 written in 1828 and dedicated to Count Nicolai Galitzin.
A special Valentine’s Day on February 14, 2016, “Northen Lights to Southern Nights” with PSQ violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul, Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern Maine as they treat us to romantic literature for violin and piano, featuring the Sonata No. 3 by Edvard Grieg and works by Christian Sinding, Arvo Pärt, and Astor Piazzolla, among others. LARK welcomes their return to the Concert Series. Their passionate playing combined with lively and insightful commentary makes for a rare and exciting afternoon of chamber music.
This concert is being co-presented by the LARK Society for Chamber Music and the University of Southern Maine School of Music.
The last performance of the Portland String Quartet Concert Series, April 24, 2016, will include the Stravinsky Concertino which was the first of three versions composed for the Bohemian Quartet in 1923, the Leoš Janáček #2 “Intimate Letters”inspired by his relationship with Kamila StÖsslova based on 700 letters written between them, and the Mendelssohn Opus 44 #1 composed in 1838 and dedicated to the Crown Prince of Sweden.