2019-20 Portland Concerts

"(The Portland String Quartet) has the resonant mastery of great European quartets...a power greater than the sum of perfect parts surfaces..."
                                                                                                                                                                                                       -The Daily Freeman (N.Y.)


2 PM



Portland String Quartet I

Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet Opus 50, No. 1

Ernest Chausson String Quartet, Opus 35 

George Chadwick String Quartet No. 5

Sponsored by Bath Savings Institution

Portland String Quartet on Martha/Mary Concert Series -  Miami, Florida
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Beethoven, Brahms and Shortnin’ Bread
Saturday, October 12 • 7:30pm (Salon Series)
Sunday, October 13 • 3pm

These “Maine Treasures” are joined by Miami’s Paul Posnak to explore Beethoven’s nascent iconoclasm in “Quartet in A Major,” Brahms’ supercharged romanticism in “Piano Quartet in F Minor,” and the newly rediscovered “Five Folksongs in Counterpoint” by mid-20th century African American composer Florence Price.
Location: La Merced Chapel, 3220 NW 7 Avenue  Miami, FL 33127

More information at: http://www.marthamaryconcerts.org/

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/BjMgzN55d5TGB7NR8



2 PM

VentiCordi Chamber Music

Acclaimed for their innovative, enjoyable programs, PSQ violinist Dean Stein and oboist Kathleen McNerney offer chamber music for winds and strings. 

Music of Torbjörn Helander, Michael Haydn, Harold Schiffman and Sergei Prokofiev.​

"...beautifully articulated, shapely playing and rock-solid ensemble..."  - Allan Kozinn                                                                                                                                                                                      

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Sponsored by Fore Street, Street and Co., and Scales




2 PM

Portland String Quartet II

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet K. 458 in B flat Major, "The Hunt" (1784)

George Walker String Quartet No. 1 (1946)

Edvard Grieg String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27 (1877-8)

Sponsored by OceanView at Falmouth




2 PM

Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul:
"To the Distant Beloved"

PSQ violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul, Director of Keyboard Studies at USM, will offer another of their popular Valentine's Day concerts, this time inspired by the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.  In celebration of both Beethoven and the holiday of love they will perform a violin/piano arrangement of his groundbreaking song cycle, An die ferne Geliebte, "To the Distant Beloved," thought to have been inspired by his own "Immortal Beloved."  Also on the program is the Poème of Chausson, one of the most impassioned works in all of violin literature.  Originally titled "Le chant d'amour triomphant," after Turgenev's novella of the same name, it too expresses the torment of longing for one's beloved across a great distance.  Works by Liszt, Fauré, Debussy and Piazzolla will complete this intimate afternoon of heart-stopping romance.

Sponsored by Piper Shores. Co-presented by the Portland String Quartet Society and the University of Southern Maine School of Music 

22 March 

2 PM

Welcome to Chamber Music

We hope to re-schedule this event soon.

We celebrate the 250th year of Beethoven's birth in 1770 with a look at the role of the string quartet in the great composer's life. 

Sponsored by your generous donations

10 May

2 PM

Portland String Quartet III

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in D Major, Opus 18, No. 3

Walter Piston String Quartet No. 2

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, Opus 135

Sponsored by Bernstein Shur and Baker, Newman, Noyes

Postponed due to Corona Virus

2020 The Maine Festival of American Music:

Its Roots and Traditions

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community in a close association with the Portland String Quartet has enjoyed annual concerts and shared personal events since the 1970s.   Now, entering its 15th Festival season, their musical and educational collaboration continues as strong as ever.  Come enjoy 2 special concerts by the Portland String Quartet on the 24th and 26th, as well as a free PSQ Masterclass on the 27th. This Festival has become a high point in the Sabbathday Lake Shaker calendar and in the quartet's busy year-round schedule of concerts and workshops.   No venue offers a more beautiful and acoustically welcoming setting for chamber music than the 1794 Meeting House.  As the Portland Press Herald proclaimed: "Portland String Quartet at Shaker House Simply a Gift."  

Presented by the United Society of Shakers.  

  All performances take place in the 1794 Meeting House

         Sabbathday Lake, New Gloucester, Maine

24 June 

7 PM

26 June 

7 PM


3 PM Free Masterclass open to the public.