P.O. Box 11, Portland, Maine 04112
The mission of the Portland String Quartet Society is to promote chamber music and music education in the state of Maine.
The Society is committed to advancing this mission through the activities and musical leadership of the Portland String Quartet.
The Portland String Quartet Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Our EIN is EIN: 01-0367023
Our Upcoming Events
PSQ I: Celebrating Julia!
Sunday, September 27th, 7:00 p.m. (online virtual performance)
If you missed our free virtual concert premiere on Sunday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m, you can still watch it on YouTube! Our "Celebrating Julia!" concert features Quartet's recordings of works by Husa, Chadwick, Bloch, Piston, Schubert, and Dvorak, as well as photos and a virtual discussion with Julia herself as we celebrate her contribution as violist with the Portland String Quartet for over half a century. View the video embedded on this page, or click here to go to YouTube!
PSQ II: Beethoven 250 Anniversary Concert
Sunday, December 6th, 2:00 p.m. (online virtual performance)
Join the Portland String Quartet on YouTube for a virtual concert on Sunday, December 6th at 2:00 p.m. to hear our online performance of Beethoven's first and last quartets. In addition to this beautiful music, enjoy hearing discussion and perspective of the members of the Quartet!
Tickets are available by contacting us at or calling us at (207) 761-1522, and you will receive an online link for the virtual performance one week prior to its premiere.
Winter Solstice Concert
Monday, December 21st, 7:00 p.m. (online virtual performance)
Enjoy the Portland String Quartet's annual Winter Solstice Concert online! Enjoy from the comfort of your own home as the Quartet presents Bach's "Art of the Fugue".
Sunday, February 6th, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (Virtual or Woodfords Church TBD*)
VentiCordi Chamber Music
Sunday, March 14th, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (Virtual or Woodfords Church TBD*)
PSQ III Concert
Sunday, May 9th, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (Virtual or Woodfords Church TBD*)
About the Portland String Quartet Society/LARK Society
The PORTLAND STRING QUARTET SOCIETY (formerly the LARK Society for Chamber Music) is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization dedicated to improving the cultural lives of Maine residents by providing them with opportunities to listen to and learn about chamber music from the highly acclaimed, internationally recognized, Portland String Quartet.
Since its inception in 1980, the PSQ Society has endeavored to remain at the forefront of the local art scene by implementing fresh policies and programs that make chamber music accessible to people of all ages and incomes.
The Portland String Quartet Concert Series
The Portland String Quartet Society supports a five-concert series held during the season at Woodfords Church in Portland. In addition to three performances by the PSQ, VentiCordi Chamber Music (led by Dean Stein, PSQ violinist and oboist Kathleen McNerney) and the Lantz-Kargul Duo (PSQ violinist Ronald Lantz and USM professor Laura Kargul) present concerts. These collaborations provide the audience with a great variety of the finest in chamber music. Concerts are generally in October, November, December, February and May. Information may be found at the PSQ website ( portlandstringquartet.com ). You may receive a season brochure by emailing the
Society at , or by calling the PSQ office at 207.761.1522.
PSQ Society as Innovators
The Portland String Quartet Society and Portland String Quartet itself have a proven commitment to building knowledge and love of music in future generations of concert-goers through our innovative programs and policies that educate people of all ages in the wonder of string quartet music and engender in them a life-long love of intimate, carefully wrought chamber music. Some of these innovations include a Free Ticket Policy for those 21 and younger, and our enormously popular Welcome to Chamber Music recital with commentary program. We created our subsidized ticket policy for those with restricted incomes to enable more people to enjoy great Chamber Music in the State of Maine.
PSQ Society as Collaborators
The Portland String Quartet Society and the PSQ actively collaborate with other municipal and cultural organizations. As stated above, the PSQ Concert Series includes VentiCordi Chamber Music and the Lantz- Kargul Violin and Piano Duo. Past collaborators in Maine have included; Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick; Ram Island Dance, Portland Museum of Art, Portland's Downtown District, Portland Conservatory of Music, Bates College, Colby College, Rivertree Arts in Kennebunk, and more than a dozen Maine high schools.
PSQ Society's Sustainability
The Portland String Quartet Society raises funds to support its programs through a variety of sources including advertising in the concert program; grants; contributions; local business support; ticket sales and sponsorships.
From L to R: Dean Stein and Ronald Lantz, violins, Julia Adams, viola, Andrew Mark, cello
Photo by Woody Leland.
*All potentially live performances pending CDC guidelines