2018-2019 Portland String Quartet Concert Series

All Concerts begin at at 2 pm
Woodfords Congregational Church – 202 Woodfords Street, Portland

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Portland String Quartet I

The PSQ series begins with Joseph Haydn Quartet in D, Op. 50 No. 6 ("the Frog"). This set of six Haydn quartets was dedicated to King Frederick William II of Prussia. For this reason the set is commonlyknown as the Prussian Quartets. Next, Charles Ives Quartet No. 1 String Quartet No. 1 is one of the most studied works by composer Charles Ives. Johannes Brahms Quartet in c minor, Op. 51, No. 1played here and String Quartet No. 2 in A minor were completed in Tutzing, Bavaria, during the summer of 1873, and published together that autumn as Op. 51. They are dedicated to his friend Theodor Billroth.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

VentiCordi Chamber Music

Lauded for their ‘beautifully articulated, shapely playing and rock-solid ensemble’, VentiCordi concerts blend wind and string instruments. VentiCordi Chamber Music has won the Down East Magazines’ Readers’ Choice award for best performing group in the state of Maine, 2017! Artistic Directors Kathleen McNerney, oboist and the PSQ’s own Dean Stein, violinist, joined by other wonderful musicians, offer you a rich and unique experience.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Portland String Quartet ll

Béla Bartók's Quartet No. 1 was at least in part inspired by Bartók's unrequited love for the violinist Stefi Geyer - in a letter to her he called the first movement a "funeral dirge". Next Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quartet No. 18 in A major, K. 464, the fifth of the Quartets dedicated to Haydn, was completed in 1785. To close the concert Johannes Brahms Quartet Op. 51, No. 2 the second of the quartets Brahms labored over for years dedicated to his friend Theodor Billroth.

Ronald Lantz & Laura Kargul
Ronald Lantz & Laura Kargul

Sunday February 17, 2019

Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul

This concert will be co-presented by the Lark Society for Chamber Music and the University of Southern Maine School of Music.

PSQ violinist Ronald Lantz and USM pianist Laura Kargul will trace the thread of romantic sentiment in music through the ages, from the Baroque to the twentieth century. Their passionate playing, combined with lively and insightful commentary, makes their annual Valentin's Day concert a destination event for all music lovers.

Sunday May 12, 2019

Portland String Quartet lll

The third and final PSQ Concert includes Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5, written between 1798 and 1800, published in 1801, and dedicated to Joseph Franz von Lobkowitz.Beethoven modeled this quartet directly on Mozart's quartet in the same key (K. 464) played in the PSQ II concert. For the 50th, the Five Folksongs in Counterpoint by Florence Price will be performed; an African-American classical composer, she was the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra. The final composition will be Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet with the exceptional Laura Kargul, guest Pianist.