Maine Mountain Chamber Music will play at Nordica

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FARMINGTON — On Saturday, May 28, Maine Mountain Chamber Music will perform in Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington. The program will feature the Piano Quintet in G major by Dmitri Shostakovich, “Midsummer Moon” for Violin and Piano by Rebecca Clarke and Ravel’s String Quartet in F major.

Performing will be Jasmine Lin, Jennifer Elowitch, Elizabeth Anderson and MMCM co-directors Laurie Kennedy and Yuri Funahashi.

Premiered in Moscow in 1940, Shostakovich’s quintet represents his effort to both appease Soviet authorities who thought him too radical and communicate with the general populace. Listeners can easily hear the appeasing, patriotic, happy layer, but also more subtle layers that commiserated with his anguished compatriots.

Ravel’s string quartet was enthusiastically received in 1904; today, it is one of the most popular and frequently played string quartets in the literature.

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“The third work on the program is by an English composer who is relatively unknown, but could have become a giant had she lived at a later time in history,” said Kennedy. Adording to her, Clarke, a violist, was a great performer. Writing at the same time as Ravel and the young Shostakovich, she also developed a unique style, blending the influences of English romantacism and French impressionism with hints of dissonance and mysticism.

Lin has soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was a prize winner in the International Paganini Competition. Anderson has studied with Jacqueline Du Pre, Yo-Yo Ma, and Leonard Rose, and performs with the New York City Opera. Elowitch often performs with the Boston Symphony, is artistic co-director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival and has presented workshops and master classes at the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory.

Kennedy, a frequent guest artist at chamber music festivals in Maine and around the Northeast, is principal violist and frequent concerto soloist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Funahashi, a member of the New York Festival Chamber Music Society, performs regularly at Weill Carnegie Hall in New York City and has played with the Verdehr Trio and the Brentano and Cassatt string quartets.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, children under 16 admitted free. For more information, call 645-2157.

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