Maine Mountain Chamber Music returns to Nordica

Elizabeth Anderson. Photo submitted

Laurie Kennedy Photo submitted

Lily Funahashi. Photo submitted

Muneko Otani Photo submitted

FARMINGTON – Maine Mountain Chamber Music is very pleased to present works by two living American composers at their upcoming concert at the Nordica Auditorium on the UMF campus on Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15. More information and tickets at

Divertimento for violin and viola is a light work, written by Adolphus Hailstork (1941), one of America’s most prolific black composers. He wrote Divertimento in 2004 as a wedding gift for friends, a violinist and a violist.

“Pale Yellow” is a movement from Piano Trio 2 (2003) in which American composer Jennifer Higdon (1962- ) explores the question: “Can music reflect colors, and can colors reflect in music? ?

pianist and co-director, performs this work for the first time and finds it “breathtakingly beautiful”.

In addition to these two works, they will also present works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Antonin Dvorak.

Shostakovich’s great works were profound, often sardonic expressions of the dark times he lived through. But, when needed, he was perfectly capable of creating exciting film music or entertaining entertainment, such as the popular Five Pieces for Two Violins (this time violin and viola), accompanied by piano. Laurie Kennedy, violist and co-director, says “These pieces are a hoot for everyone concerned!”

Dvorak needs no introduction to Maine Mountain Chamber Music audiences. His Piano Quartet No. 1 is filled with the effervescence, passion and excitement that everyone loves.

Maine Mountain Chamber Music co-directors, Yuri Funahashi and Laurie Kennedy are very pleased to be joined by violinist, Muneko Otani, and cellist, Elizabeth Anderson.

As principal violinist of the Cassatt String Quartet, Muneko Otani has performed in the United States, Canada and Mexico as well as in Europe and Asia. Major venues have included Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Palacio de Bellas Artes and Opéra Bastille. The quartet has over 40 recordings and has been named one of Alex Ross’ Top 10 Classical Recordings of the Year three times by The New Yorker magazine.

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