Music for the Salon – presented by the 8th Early Music Festival, held October 25 to 26, 2019. Join us for three day’s of music from the Early Baroque to the early Romantic period.
A short pre-concert lecture precedes each performance. Lectures start 30 minutes before the concert begins and conclude 10 minutes before each performance.
Location: Meloon Chapel (1st Floor) at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, ME
Tickets: Single concert $25 | Festival pass $60 | Students under 25 with ID free. Get your tickets at the door or buy online.
Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30 pm, Meloon Chapel – Early Baroque
Jennifer Bates and Christine Letchner perform vocal duets by Claudio Monteverdi and contemporaries
Maine native Jennifer Bates performing career includes engagements with NY City Opera, the Bach Vespers Cantata Series, and Haydn’s ‘Creation’ with Robert Tear at the UK’s Dartington International Summer Festival. Ms. Bates was a Chamber Music Fellow at the Aspen Festival, and a Scholar at the Steans Institute for Singers at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.
Christine Letcher, in addition to her work as a singer, is an accomplished pianist. She has sung with several regional vocal ensembles and has been a member of the St Mary Schola since 2008.
Accompanists Sean Fleming and Timothy Burris have decades of experience both here and abroad.
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 pm, Meloon Chapel – Mid-Baroque
Raffael Scheck and Gavin Black play music for ‘cello and harpsichord
Raffael Scheck has combined a career as a history professor with a lifelong devotion to the ‘cello repertoire. He studied ‘cello for several semesters with Claude Starck at the Conservatory of Zürich. More recently he has specialized in baroque ‘cello and performed with a variety of baroque groups in Maine. Dr Scheck will perform sonatas by Domenico Gabrielli, Vivaldi, J.C. Bach and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.
Harpsichordist Gavin Black, founder and Director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center, is best known for his recordings of 17th-century keyboard music on the PGM label, including music of Dutch, German, or Italian origin. He also focuses on the organ music of Bach, which he has performed in its entirety.
Sunday, Oct. 27, 5:00 pm, Meloon Chapel: Early Romantic
Petra Poláčková Guitar in the 19th-Century Salon
Petra Polácková began her guitar studies at age six at the Elementary Art School in Roznov pod Radhostem in the Czech Republic. In 2010 she completed her studies at the School of Music in Pardubice (Czech Republic) with Prof. Petr Saidl. Recently she obtained her Bachelor and Master degrees with Prof. Paolo Pegoraro at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria.
Ms. Polácková has participated in master classes throughout Europe, earning the prestigious Merit Diploma at the Chigiana Academy of Siena under Maestro Oscar Ghiglia, Segovia’s successor at that institution.
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