Summer Chamber Music Performances & Tickets

PSO Field Trips

New series explores the connections that create our human experience

Our new summer series features five performances and guest speakers in different locations around the Seacoast. PSO Field Trips will explore how humanity inhabits this earth and how the arts and sciences intertwine to create our human experience. Each field trip provides a different view of our magnificent world: take a glimpse into the past world, lay your finger on the pulse of our present world, experience music and food from around our world, and glimpse the edges of our spiritual world.

Friday, July 6, 2018 2:30-5:00 PM

“Lost in Translation-Demystifying the Principles of Ivan Galamian in Practical Application,”

Experience a Master Class with Odin Rathnam at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center. Listen to an open lesson with bright young stars in the New Hampshire music world, taught by master violinist Odin Rathnam. This is free of charge and completes the experience brought to you by the Sunday performance.

Sunday, July 8, 2018 3:00 PM

Bach Project, Odin Rathnam

The history of our classical music tradition began before the lifetime of Bach, a giant of the composition world, but it’s a great place to pause and take in the scenery. This PSO Field Trip features master violinist Odin Rathnam’s Bach Project, a series of three concerts offering the complete unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach, supplemented by works by Ysaye, Kreisler, Piazzolla and Paganini.

Event held at The Dance Hall, Kittery

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Monday, July 23, 7:00 PM

Our Earth

Enjoy an evening of local beer, climate change discussion with Professor Barry N. Rock, and chamber music that embraces our connection with the earth, and reminds us that we are its caretakers. We are teaming up with

Throwback Brewery

to provide an evening that centers around music that was created with our world in mind. With us to set off the event is Professor Barry N. Rock, who has made climate change a large part of his scientific career.

All music by living composers:
  • Joel Love String Quartet No. 1 - the Iter Animae (Journey of the Soul). As a whole, the string quartet depicts a transformation from dark to light.
  • Lisa Ragsdale (shown above) String Trios 1 “Shifting Surfaces” and 2 “Surreptitious Seas” has a lively discussion about climate change and its effect, both on our Earth and in our psyche.
  • David Balakrishnan, "Tree of Life" quartet. Music evoking India, Africa, American Bluegrass and ending back in India with Kirtan chant, written by the founder of the Turtle Island quartet.
Featuring Ian MacKay, violin; Brooke LaMonica, violin; Jan Heirtzler, viola; Dorothy Braker, cello

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Sunday, August 5, 2018 3:00 PM

Around the World

Violinist Ian MacKay, Fulbright scholar with extensive travel experience and degrees in International Affairs and German Language from UNH, will guide you with words about the differences in musical sounds throughout the world, with music of composers from China, Brazil, Hungary, Russia, and Austria. Tableside seating with bites of food give you a taste from each country. You can supplement with your beverage of choice from the cash bar.

Featuring Emma Theberge, piano; Ian MacKay, violin; Montserrat Turriza, flute; and Griffin Seuter, cello

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Sunday, August 19, 2018 3:00 PM

Beyond the Grave

Have you ever strolled through Portsmouth and imagined the history behind its quaint and winding streets? Wondered what the stories might be contained within the buildings as you walk past them and what spirits from beyond may be still telling their stories today? Heard music that thrilled and scared you and wondered why? Enjoy an afternoon of ghostly chamber music performed by harp, flute and string quartet coupled with tales from Portsmouth's haunted history told by Roxie Zwicker, author of Haunted Portsmouth, NH.

This program will be held at Little Harbor Chapel in Portsmouth, a charming New England church accessible by dirt road a stone's throw from South Cemetery.

  • Conte Fantastique began life as a tone poem Caplet composed for harp and orchestra in 1908, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, The Masque of the Red Death.
  • Afternoon of a Faun is Debussy's depiction of a poem by Mallarme - in Debussy's words “The music of this prelude is a very free illustration of Mallarmé's beautiful poem. By no means does it claim to be a synthesis of it. Rather there is a succession of scenes through which pass the desires and dreams of the faun in the heat of the afternoon. Then, tired of pursuing the timorous flight of nymphs and naiads, he succumbs to intoxicating sleep, in which he can finally realize his dreams of possession in universal Nature”
  • Death and the Maiden was composed when Franz Schubert was trying to recuperate from a very serious illness, and realized he was dying (he ultimately only lived until he was 31. He was absolutely exploring the idea of his own death when he wrote the piece.
  • Featuring Erica Driscoll, harp; Aubrie Dionne, flute; Hannah Reitz and Jesse MacDonald, violin; Autumn Riley, viola; Dorothy Braker, cello

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    PSO Field Trips are Sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank