Music at the J: Portland String Quartet

Feb 18, 2024 2:00PM—3:30PM


JCA of Southern Maine, 1342 Congress St, Portland ME 04102

Cost $30 for General Admission / 21 & younger free

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The Portland String Quartet presents PSQIII, featuring Dean Stein and Callie Brennan on Violin, Brianna Howard on Viola, and Kelly Knox on Cello. Light refreshments, including tea and coffee, will be served after the performance. Tickets are $30, and free for ages 21 and younger. Join us!

Concert Program:

Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op 1
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Break Away
Jessie Montgomery

String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1, “Rasumovsky”
Ludwig van Beethoven

About the Portland String Quartet:

Founded in 1969, The Portland String Quartet have received rave reviews from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Washington Star and Washington Post, the Miami Herald, the Portland Press Herald, and the Maine Sunday Telegram.  Their discography includes over two dozen recordings which span the literature from Bach’s Art of the Fugue, Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak to contemporary composers such as Allen Levines and Dr. Peter Ré. Of particular note are their multiple disc recordings of the chamber music of Walter Piston, George Chadwick and Ernest Bloch, for which they received Best Recording accolades from the New York Times and the Boston Globe. They have premiered works by Norman Dello Joio, Daniel Godfrey, William Matthews, Jonathan Hallstrom, Gerry Bowder and Elliott Schwartz – to name a few.

The Quartet helped to establish the Damariscotta Arts Council with an annual concert series in Damariscotta, Maine. “String Quartet Workshops” have operated continuously over the last 37 years at Sugarloaf Mountain, Colby College and now at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, and bring students together to study and perform chamber music from throughout Maine, the U.S. and abroad.  Particularly important in the quartet’s international work is its close relationship with the Orquesta Juvenil Simon Bolivar – beginning in the 1970s and continuing through 2003.  Now known as El Sistema, this program under the direction of Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, utilized the expertise of the Portland String Quartet with multiple concerts and workshops in Venezuela.  Now students from this outstanding program come to Maine for the quartet’s summer workshops.

The group is currently led by first violinist Dean Stein, who joined in 2013, and violist Brianna Howard, who became a permanent member of the quartet last year. Each concert will also feature two new guest artists.

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