2015 Maine Festival of American Music: Its Roots and Traditions

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Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
The Maine Festival of American Music
10th Anniversary
June 24 – June 27, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 7pm
Celebrating Our Musical Heritage
Matthew Szemela
Fusion violinist/violist Matthew Szemela returns with electrifying improvisations!
Program: Henry Cowell - Quartet No.4, "United"; Matthew Szemela - Solo Violin Improvisation; Antonin Dvorak - Viola quintet Op.97 - Portland String Quartet and Matthew Szemela, viola
Watch Matthew's 207 performance of Simple Gifts at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
Thursday, June 25, 7pm
Making a Joyful Noise
Kevin Siegfried
Composer Kevin Siegfried’s sensitive immersion into Shaker song, Brother Arnold Hadd’s historical expertise, the Portsmouth Singers and the Portland String Quartet join forces in a joyful celebration of Shaker music. 
Friday Workshop Day, June 26, 3:30pm – 5pm
Learning to Perform
Learning to Perform
The Portland String Quartet coaches student string quartets as they bring scores to life and prepare for a culminating Master Class. This performance is free to the public.
Friday evening, June 26, 7pm
Engaging the Spirit of Shaker Music
Chris Moore

Chris Moore of 317 Main presents a musical and spiritual exploration of Shaker songcraft featuring traditional and new Shaker-inspired songs and melodies. This performance is the culmination of a multi-week workshop in which students will have explored modern folk songwriting inspired by Shaker music in addition to other deep-rooted American folk music traditions. The performance will also feature contemporary and traditional songs and instrumentals performed on mandolin and guitar, including Chris' thought-provoking, original songs.
Saturday, June 27, 2pm – 4pm
Singing Together in Full Voice
Maine Shape Note Singers

The Maine Shape Note Singers will provide a demonstration and sing-along of music from the oldest music book in print in the United States, Sacred Harp. This performance is free to the public.
Watch the Maine Shape Note Singers performing in the 1794 Meeting House at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
Saturday, June 27, 7pm
Exploring Our Roots and Dreams
Portland String Quartet
The Portland String Quartet performs the Schubert Quartetsatz; Peter Schickele's Quartet (of P.D.Q. Bach fame); and Beethoven's masterpiece - Op.59, No.3, "Rasoumofsky"

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