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
To purchase tickets for our upcoming events, visit our Square site here,
contact us at or call us at (207) 761-1522.
Season Tickets are being offered this year at a discounted rate of $80 for all upcoming events
through June 2021 including our "Welcome to Chamber Music" concert, plus two complimentary tickets
to online performances that you can give to friends (just email us to let us know who they are going to!).
Free tickets for students and subsidized tickets are also available by emailing us.
All performances are "virtual" pending CDC guidelines.
Welcome to Chamber Music
Sunday, April 11th, 2021, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (click here to purchase)
Join the Portland String Quartet with guest violist Kallie Sugatski for a virtual concert on Sunday, April 11th at 2:00 p.m.! Each year the PSQ offers a deeper look inside the music, adding their unique perspective to add to your understanding as well as enjoyment of the music you hear. This year, with a focus on Women composers, the PSQ explores the music of Fanny Mendelssohn, Dorothy Rudd Moore, and Amy Beach. Thanks once again to the generosity and assistance of Library Director Nancy E. Crowell, MLS, our Quartet had the opportunity to record a beautiful "socially distanced" performance in the stunning Scarborough Public Library.
PSQ III Concert
Sunday, May 16th, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Our Past Events
VentiCordi Chamber Music
Sunday, March 14th, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (no longer available)
Sunday, February 14th, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 (no longer available)
Join violin/piano duo Ronald Lantz and Laura Kargul as they present their concert, "Valentines from Better Times," streamed online from Corthell Concert Hall at the University of Southern Maine at 7:00 p.m. on Valentine's Day, Sunday, February 14. Click here to read the USM press release to find out more information about the program featuring works by Brahms, Leclair, Massenet, Beach, and La Presle:
Winter Solstice Concert
Monday, December 21st, 7:00 p.m. (no longer available)
The Portland String Quartet's annual Winter Solstice Concert was held online! Folks enjoyed the concert from the comfort of home as the Quartet presented Bach's "Art of the Fugue" as a free "Gift to the City".
PSQ II: Beethoven 250 Anniversary Concert
Sunday, December 6th, 7:00 p.m. (no longer available)
Portland String Quartet performed with guest violist Matt Consul for a virtual concert on Sunday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m.! Thanks to the generosity and assistance of Library Director Nancy E. Crowell, MLS, and Kennebunk High School audio engineering teacher Jesse Myers-Wakeman, our Quartet had the opportunity to record a special and beautiful "socially distanced" performance of Beethoven's first and last completed quartets: his Op. 18, No. 3 and Op. 135, in the stunning Scarborough Public Library. We are so grateful to them for giving of their time and energy to help us make this online concert possible!
Click here to read more about our guest artist Matt Consul!
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!
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. Information may be found at the PSQ website ( portlandstringquartet.com ). For further information, contact the Portland String Quartet 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.