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Join us on October 25 to 27, 2019, for three days 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.

» Soprano Jennifer Bates headlines the Early Music Festival

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. Available online at Eventbrite and at the door.


Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30 pm, Meloon Chapel – Early Baroque
Jennifer Bates and Friends in an all-Monteverdi program

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.

Jennifer is joined by an experienced cadre of singers: soprano Christine Letcher, tenor Bruce Fithian, mezzo Andrea Graichen and basses Patrick Volker and John Adams.

This all-Monteverdi program is drawn from the solo, duet, trio and vocal quintet repertoires and explores a range of emotions: from the playful “Zefiro Torna, oh di soavi accenti” to the powerful tetrachord lament “Amor”, better known as “Lamento della Ninfa”, as well as the moving duet between Nerone and Poppea from Monteverdi’s last opera, Il Coronazione di Poppea.

Sean Fleming, harpsichord and Timothy Burris, theorbo accompany.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 pm, Meloon Chapel – Mid-Baroque
ScheckMate in Baroque Sonatas for ‘Cello & Theorbo

ScheckMateThe violoncello and theorbo have a natural affinity for each other, both in terms of range and volume of sound. Raffael Scheck and Timothy Burris formed the ensemble ScheckMate to explore and promote historic repertoires for ‘cello and plucked strings. The combination is especially felicitous in the Italian repertoire of the middle-to-late Baroque period, several examples of which will be featured on Saturday’s program. For this repertoire, Mr. Scheck uses a Baroque ‘cello.

Raffael Scheck

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.

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.


» From Vieux Gaultier to Robert de Visée: the lute in 17th-century France

The French lute tradition of the 17th century was remarkable for the quality of the music and the honor accorded the leading lutenists of the day. The lute tradition was also noteworthy for the influence it had on the broader music culture of the time–particularly keyboardists.

Timothy Burris will present a sampling of the baroque lute and theorbo repertoire of the period, and discuss the cultural context in which it was born.

Date and Time Location
Aug. 2, Friday | 6 pm Freeport Public Library, Freeport
Aug. 9, Friday | 7 pm Diamond Cove Art Gallery, Great Diamond Island
Sep. 3, Tuesday | 12 pm Portland Public Library Gallery, Portland
Sep. 13, Friday | 7 pm Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough
Sep. 21, Saturday | 10 am Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center