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6th Annual Early Music Festival (October 27 - 29)
Woodfords Church - Fri & Sat: Meloon Chapel | Sun: Memorial Hall
Portland, ME
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6th Annual Early Music Festival (October 27 - 29)
The 6th Annual Portland Early Music Festival will bring together singers and instrumentalists from New England and beyond, specializing in the performance of music from the late Renaissance through the Classical period. The festival will take place over three days, Friday  Sunday, October 27-29, 2017.  Each concert will be preceded by a pre-concert lecture.  Concerts are $30 each or $75 for a festival pass.  Children and college students with an ID are FREE!

Friday, October 27, 2017
7:00 p.m. Lecture | 7:30 Performance in Meloon Chapel, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, ME

Music for Broken Consort:
Red Lute GraphicOne of the more lively forms of music popular ca 1600 in England was the broken consort. Unlike a consort of viols or recorders, where all instruments were of the same family, albeit of various sizes, a broken consort consists of instruments of various types, lutes, viols, violins, etc.

The program features music by William Lawes, Matthew Locke, Peter Phillips, Thomas Morley, and Christopher Simpson, among others. Rounding out the program of ensemble works are unaccompanied solo pieces for gamba, lute, and violin.

Featured artists are: Kathryn Sytsma and Todd Borgerding, viola da gamba; Seth Warner, Rocky Mjos, and Timothy Burris, lute; Mary Jo Carlsen, violin; Eric LaPerna, percussion.

Saturday evening, October 28, 2017
7:00 p.m. Lecture | 7:30 Performance in Meloon Chapel, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, ME
Free Masterclasses: 1:30 guitar, 3:30 lute

A Baroque Jazz Club on a Saturday Night:
Concert for Two Tenors: Featuring music of Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Schütz

Featuring tenors Martin Lescault and Timothy Neill Johnson, harpsichordist Sean Fleming, and cellist Raffael Scheck.

The early 17th century saw the birth of an improvisatory style of singing that was the jazz of its day. Our two tenors, Martin Lescault and Timothy Neill Johnson, are masters of the style, and youll be excused if their duets and solos make you feel like youve been transported back four centuries to an Italian salon. The band, harpsichordist Sean Fleming and cellist Raffael Scheck, render the basso continuo (think baroque charts) to lay the foundation for vocal renditions that are, by turns, passionate and virtuosic.

Enjoy vocal duets and solos by Heinrich Schütz, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Claudio Monteverdi, among others. A cello sonata by an international mega-star of the late 17th century, Giovanni Battista Bononcini, rounds out the program. If youre a fan of baroque singingor a jazz aficionado looking for new horizons, this concert is for you!

Note:  We use the term jazz figuratively, to designate a style that includes, in the case of the soloists, vocal improvisation on top of a basic melodic structure or skeleton. In the case of the accompanists, it includes building harmonies on top of a bass line that support the vocalist(s).

Sunday afternoon, October 29, 2017
3:30 p.m. Lecture | 4:00 p.m. Performance in Memorial Hall, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, ME

The art of arrangement - An early music tradition:

Featuring Czech guitarist Petra Poláková

Lutenists and guitarists to say nothing of the players of keyboards and other instruments have a long history of creating arrangements of works originally written for other instruments (or even other genres). J.S. Bach made transcriptions of works by Vivaldi and Marcello, among others. Bachs Concerto for harpsichord BWV 974 is a transcription of Benedetto Marcellos Oboe Concerto in d minor, for example. More relevant to todays program is Bachs Suite in A Major, BWV 1025, for violin and harpsichord, which is an arrangement of the solo Lute Sonata in A major (Nr 45) by Silvius Leopold Weiss. Robert de Visée, lutenist at the court of Louis XIV, made numerous arrangements for lute or theorbo of operatic airs, vaudevilles, noëls and so on, and he was far from alone in that practice. Todays program by Petra Poláková brings that practice to life, including transcriptions of works by Silvius Leopold Weiss and J.S. Bach for her 19th-century guitar. Works from Bardenklänge by Johann Kaspar Mertz round out the program.

The Portland Conservatory of Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community music school. The Early Music Festival is self-financing, so any additional donations are greatly appreciated and may be made via PayPal on the PCM website or by mailing a check to PCM (202 Woodford Street, 3rd Flr.,
Portland, Maine 04103), please mention the Early Music Festival in the memo space.

We thank you for your support.

Tickets prices:
Single Concert:  $30  
Festival Pass (all three concerts):  $75
Children and College Students with ID are FREE!

NOTE: Purchasing a single concert ticket provides access to any one of the three concerts you choose.

Tickets will also be available at the door.


Woodfords Church - Fri & Sat: Meloon Chapel | Sun: Memorial Hall (View)
202 Woodford St.
Portland, ME 04103
United States


Music > Classical
Music > Festivals
Music > Symphony

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Daniel S.
Bath, ME United States
Oct 27, 2017 10:54 AM
Elizabeth G.
Bath, ME United States
Oct 27, 2017 10:54 AM
Judith D.
Gardiner, ME United States
Oct 26, 2017 4:37 PM
Peter H.
Gardiner, ME United States
Oct 26, 2017 4:37 PM
Laura R.
boston, MA United States
Oct 26, 2017 1:37 PM
Colleen T.
south portland, ME United States
Oct 26, 2017 9:31 AM

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