Portland, ME. The Portland Symphony Orchestra announces its 2008/09 season, its first with new music director Robert Moody, which is designed to leave audiences buzzing from both the quality of the performances and the chemistry and electric energy between conductor, orchestra and audience.(more)
On Thursday 29 November at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, Bay Chamber Concerts will present the final concert anywhere of the Vermeer Quartet before they disband as an ensemble. The Vermeer has been quartet in residence at Bay Chamber Concerts for 34 years. There will be a pre-concert talk with Vermeer cellist Marc Johnson at 6:30 PM, and following the concert there will be a special reception with the artists at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
Although the concert is currently sold out, a limited number of tickets will become available. A waiting list has been established, and as tickets become available through returns or exchanges they will be sold to parties on it. Also, some tickets will be available the day of the concert on a standby basis, first-come first-served, starting at 6:30 PM at the Rockport Opera House box office.
Andrew Wolf, the late former director of Bay Chamber Concerts, used to say that the two achievements of which he was most proud during his 25-year tenure were the organization's move to the Rockport Opera House and bringing the Vermeer Quartet to Rockport as quartet-in-residence. The prestige of the Vermeer Quartet was instrumental in attracting other notable performers to the Midcoast, as other musicians saw the Vermeer's involvement as a seal of approval. The Quartet served as the catalyst that placed Bay Chamber Concerts in the upper echelon of summer chamber music festivals nationally.
"We'll all miss the Vermeer Quartet," said Bay Chamber Concerts' artistic director Thomas Wolf. He added: "Though the Quartet will no longer perform together, you'll see individual members on our stage for years to come. That eases the pain somewhat."
Founded at the Marlboro Festival in 1969, the Vermeer Quartet has been performing at Bay Chamber Concerts since 1973, thirteen years after the organization's founding. The Quartet is composed of violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi and Mathias Tacke, violist Richard Young and cellist Marc Johnson. Johnson is also co-artistic director of Bay Chamber Concerts' Next Generation Youth Chamber Music Program. The personnel of the Vermeer Quartet has changed over the years, with Ashkenasi the only remaining original member, though Johnson joined just a few years after the founding. All of the members of the Quartet have come to love Midcoast Maine. Ashkenasi and Johnson have purchased homes in the area, and Johnson will make Cushing his year-round residence.
The evening's program will feature Schubert's String Quartet in Eb, Op. 125/1, D.87, Shostakovich's Quartet No.8 in c, Op. 110, and Beethoven's String Quartet in c#, Op. 131. The concert is supported by honorary sponsors Polly Chatfield, Christina Wright and Luther Black in memory of Charles Chatfield.
Arthur Keene has been appointed new director of the Seaglass Chorale, according to Seaglass Performing Arts founder and artistic director. Jean Strazdes.
Keene will conduct two December concerts featuring Handel's Messiah and other seasonal music in Sanford and Saco.
Portand, ME, 11 October 2007. The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of three new orchestra members in the viola section, and a Music Librarian.
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