Patti’s June 7 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Michael Graham, left, and Brother Arnold sing Shaker songs for an audience in the 1794 Sabbathday Lake Shaker Meeting House. The Maine Festival of American Music featuring five concerts performed there will run from June 19-22.

Shaker Village music festival

The Maine Festival of American Music will run from June 19-22 at Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road. Five concerts will be held in the 1794 Shaker Meeting House.

The Portland String Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. June 19. George Walker’s “String Quartet No. 1” (1946) will be presented in honor of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

Kevin Siegfried & the Portsmouth Singers will perform at 7 p.m. June 20. He will lead the singers in a program of Shaker and other early American music.

Don Roy Trio & Arnott Fiddlers will appear at 7 p.m. June 21 performing mid-20th century folk and fiddle music.

Shaker music will be on the schedule at 1:30 p.m. June 22. As a prelude to Saturday night’s Portland String Quartet concert, Shaker leader and historian Brother Hadd will lead in the Shakers’ chorale response to the last seven words spoken by Christ.

The Portland String Quartet will conclude the series at 7 p.m. June 22. Members will play Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ — String Quartet Op. 51” (1787).

Tickets are required for all performances, even the ones that are free. Online tickets are available at or reserve them by calling 926-4597.

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