FARMINGTON – On Saturday, Sept. 20, Maine Mountain Chamber Music will present a concert featuring works by Schubert, Kraines, Harbison and Sarasate. All compositions have been chosen around the theme “inspiration” – specifically what and who inspire composers to write their music.

MMCM directors Yuri Funahashi and Laurie Kennedy have invited violinist Juliette Kang, associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and cellist and composer Thomas Kraines to perform at the 7:30 p.m. concert in Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Funahashi is a member of the Festival Chamber Music Society of New York City and the Pane-Funahashi Duo; Kennedy has been principal violist of the Portland Symphony since 1981.

The concert will begin with “Squire Fantasy,” a work by Kraines inspired by “Danse Rustique,” by William Squire, a piece that many cello students enjoy playing. From his perspective as former student, teacher and virtuoso performer, Kraines has swirled the “Danse Rustique” through his consciousness and created an exciting work for cello and piano, which he will perform with Funahashi.

Kang will join Kraines, her husband, as well as Kennedy and Funahashi for a performance of “November 19, 1828,” a work for string trio and piano written in 1988 by eminent American composer John Harbison. Nov. 19, 1828, was the day Franz Schubert died, and this work is a fantasy about Schubert’s journey to the next world. String players will set the stage for the Harbison work with a performance of a short string trio by Schubert.

After intermission, Kang and Kraines will perform a set of four contrasting duos that Kraines composed for violin and cello. The program will conclude with Kang and Funahashi performing “Carmen Fantasy,” by Pablo de Sarasate, famed 19th century Spanish violin virtuoso. Sarasate wrote this fantasy, inspired by familiar music from the opera “Carmen,” by Bizet, to showcase his formidable violinistic skills.

Admission at the door is $9 for adults; $7 for seniors and children under 16 admitted free. There are no advance ticket sales. For more information, call 645-2157.


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