Presented by Bay Chamber Concerts and the Farnsworth Art Museum, in partnership with the University of Southern Maine School of Music, Music at Noon is a new series of four intimate lunchtime concerts, to take place on the second Wednesday of the month, November through February. These diverse, fifty-minute performances are the perfect way to spend your lunch hour. Surrounded by art and music, enjoy a simple, tasty lunch in the Farnsworth's library and prepare to be transported far from the stresses and strains of your day.
The program is curated in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine Music Department.
Wednesday, December 12, noon
USM’s talented and acclaimed string quartet performs a program of Haydn, Schubert and Ravel.
A previous concertmaster of the Portland Youth Symphony and the Maine All-State Orchestra, Aaron Pettengill plays with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and is a senior Violin Performance Major at the University of Southern Maine. Last year, he won the USM Concerto Competition.
Violinist Sam Schuth, from Eastport Maine, is currently a sophomore at USM after transferring from Cornell College. He is glad to be at a school where he is being challenged musically every day. He studies with Robert Lehmann.
Violist Roy MacNeil is a senior performance major originally from Greensboro, Vermont. He has had the opportunity to work with many groups including The Craftsbury Chamber Players and the string quartet, Ethel. He has been coached by Yuri Mazurkevich and the St. Lawrence String Quartet and performed with the nationally acclaimed group, A Far Cry.
Cellist Shannon Allen is a born and raised Portlander. He grew up in a musical family, started playing piano at the age of 5 and picked up the flute and cello at the age of 10. He is a junior at the University of Southern Maine where he is focusing on the cello, studying with Bill Rounds.
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Quartet in D minor, Op. posth., "Death and the Maiden"
II. Andante con moto
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Quartet in F Major
II. Assez vif - tres rythme
Joseph Haydn (1733-1809)
Quartet in C Major, Op. 3 No. 3 "The Birds"
I. Allegro moderato