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Portland Chamber Music Festival Opening Night: August 14, 2014

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The Portland Chamber Music Festival celebrates its Twenty-First Season August 14 – 23, 2014 at the Abromson Center on the Portland Campus of the University of Southern Maine.

PCMF is well known locally, regionally, and nationally for its outstanding performers and imaginative programming. The festival has been awarded several grants from the

Aaron Copland Fund for Music for its commitment to contemporary music and this summer’s programs feature two world premieres among its varied offerings.

Highlights of this season’s programs include the following:

• An evening of chamber music featuring harpist Bridget Kibbey, a frequent guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (8/16)

• A tribute to the legacy of cellist Marc Johnson, former cellist of the Vermeer Quartet, who passed away this spring (8/21)

• A concert hosted by Suzanne Nance, popular former host at Maine Public
Radio, featuring a work by Josh Newton. Josh is the winner of PCMF’s seventh international Composers Competition and a graduate of the University of
Southern Maine (8/23)

• Performances throughout the festival of major works by Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Brahms, Copland, and Stravinsky.

The Portland Chamber Music Festival also presents its annual free Children’s Concert on Sunday, August 17th. Artistic Director Jennifer Elowitch and cellist Claire Bryant have designed an engaging, interactive program geared to children ages three to six. The noontime concert will be preceded by special activities in the Abromson Center lobby starting at 11 am.

Making their PCMF debuts this summer are violinist Kristin Lee, a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; violist Jonathan Bagg, a member of the faculty at Duke University; composer Harold Meltzer, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Music; and composer Nathan Shields, winner of a 2014 Charles Ives Fellowship.

For detailed concert information and tickets, visit pcmf.org or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1(800) 838-3006.