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Local organist finds his heart in Ecuador
From January to April, Portland’s municipal organist Ray Cornils was in Ecuador performing.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  June 11, 2008


In with a bang

An interview with incoming Portland Symphony director Robert Moody
It’s only in classical music that we shy away from the new. In theater and popular music something more than seven years old is too old.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 30, 2008



Westbrook native returns after Carnegie Hall solo debut
In the beginning, Roberta Michel sat in the back of the flute section in the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble. She was not a prodigy.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 02, 2008


Musical time-travel

A Baroque program with the DaPonte String Quartet
Powdered wigs may be fashion-forward, as Portland's State Street Church becomes a time machine, transporting the audience back to the early 1700s.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  March 26, 2008


Breaking boundaries

Speaking with the New England Dance Project
Expanding the range of venues for artistic dance in southern Maine, the City Theater in Biddeford will host the second annual New England Dance Project on March 29.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  March 19, 2008


Elitism is dead

Long live classical-music elitism
There is nothing more elitist than suggesting a genre is over average people’s heads.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  March 05, 2008


Quartet for a very long time

Catch the PSQ before they head out on tour
Any opportunity to see Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major performed by musicians of this caliber should always be taken.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 27, 2008


Prodigal daughter

The future of classical music is here
When pianist Anastasia Antonacos walks into the coffee shop for our interview, it is clear even without a piano in the room why she has been so successful.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  January 23, 2008


Piano movers and shakers

Suddenly working through lunch on a Thursday seems out of the question.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  January 16, 2008


Dancing about architecture

Alex Ross’s The Rest Is Noise
If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, as the famous saying suggests, then Alex Ross is the Lord of the Dance.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  December 19, 2007


Holiday favorites

Revive the tradition
For many of us, the holidays would not be the same without the familiar melodies and musical traditions we’ve grown to love.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  November 28, 2007


A riotous occasion

Stravinsky moves audiences to action
Fist-fights in the aisles, taunting from the audience, and a riot at Merrill Auditorium?
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  October 31, 2007


Colorful sounds

A musician finds an orchestra inside her piano
Twice this weekend pianist Laura Kargul will attempt to climb a pianist’s version of Mount Everest: Maurice Ravel’s La Valse.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  October 17, 2007


Keys of rebirth

Elliott Schwartz sees the future in the piano
If you associate classical music with your grandparents, highbrow snobbery, or stuffy concert halls, it’s time to listen up.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  September 26, 2007
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