Portland Chamber Music Festival

Portland Chamber Music Festival
Thursday, Aug 18, 2022 at 7:30pm
Hannaford Hall
Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St

The Portland Chamber Music Festival enhances the cultural life of Southern Maine by bringing internationally renowned artists to Portland to perform a wide range of innovative classical and contemporary chamber music, along with education and engagement activities for all ages.


Program III: Reflections

7:30pm: A gentle serenity and sublime slowness infuses a single-movement nocturne by Schubert and Leonard Cohen's powerful Hallelujah; creating an eloquent setting for Schoenberg’s theatrical “stand against tyranny” for piano, reciter, and string quartet. Ode to Napoleon, based on a poem by Lord Byron, references “La Marseillaise” (France’s national anthem) and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to yield a forcefully dramatic expression of resistance in the World War II era. The evening comes to a glorious close with the absolutely gorgeous clarinet quintet by Brahms, one of his final works, written during an unexpected re-emergence from retirement inspired by hearing the virtuoso clarinetist, Richard Mühlfeld.

Franz Schubert Notturno in E-flat Major for Piano Trio, Op. 148 (1827)

Anthony Marwood, violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Shai Wosner, piano

Arnold Schoenberg Ode to Napoleon, Op. 41 (1942)

Anthony Marwood, Ayano Ninomiya, violins; Melissa Reardon, viola; Clancy Newman, cello; Shai Wosner, piano; Walter van Dyk, narrator

Leonard Cohen (arr. by Clancy Newman) Hallelujah (1984)

Clancy Newman, Raman Ramakrishnan, Brant Taylor, cellos

Johannes Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115 (1891)

Con moto

Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Ayano Ninomiya, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violins; Melissa Reardon, viola; Brant Taylor, cello

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