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Maine Festival of American Music: Its Roots and Traditions

Tickets are now on sale for The Maine Festival of American Music, hosted by the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. All of the concerts take place in the Shaker’s 1794 Meeting House, a superb venue for vocal and instrumental performances. The 11th anniversary of The Maine Festival of American Music: Its Roots and Traditions is set forWednesday, June 22 through Saturday, June 25.

The Portland String Quartet and soprano Luette Saul perform works spanning three centuries at “Shaking Complacency,” Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m.

Composer Kevin Siegfried leads the Portsmouth Singers in a program of Shaker music at “In the Valley of Love and Delight,” Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m.

A Master Class performance, Friday, June 24, 3-5 p.m., is the culmination of a workshop day of amateur quartets being coached by the Portland String Quartet. This is a free performance.

Led by Chris Moore of 317 Main Community Music Center, singers perform original modern folk songs inspired by 19th century Shaker music at “Rekindling the Spirit of Shaker Music,” Friday, June 24, 7 p.m.

Franco-American fiddler Don Roy, joined by pianist/step dancer Cindy Roy and bassist Jay Young, perform a variety of mid-19th century folk and fiddle music at “Whirling Coat Tails,” Saturday, June 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The Portland String Quartet complement works by Mozart and Mendelssohn with those of American composers William Grant Still and Norman Dello Joio at “The Simplicity and Majesty of Song,” Saturday, June 25, 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults, and students 21 or under are admitted free with reservation. See http://www.maineshakers.com for purchasing tickets and more concert details, or call 926-4597.


Sens. Claxton and Breen welcome GNG Band to State House

AUGUSTA — Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, and Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, welcomed the Gray-New Gloucester High School Band to the Maine State House on Thursday. The band performed the National Anthem at the start of the day’s legislative session.

The National Anthem is played by various groups and individuals from around the state at the start of each legislative session. To make a recommendation for a National Anthem performer, contact Sen. Claxton and Sen. Breen’s office at (207) 287-1515.

Folk Concert in the Shakers’ Historic 1794 Meeting House

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village presents “Engaging the Spirit of Shaker Music” on Friday, June 26 at 7pm in the Shaker Meeting House.  Under the direction of Chris Moore of 317 Main Community Music Center, singers will perform the musical and spiritual adaptation of Shaker song and other deep-rooted American folk music traditions through original, contemporary compositions.  This concert also features traditional and contemporary folk songs and instrumentals performed on mandolin and guitar by Maine folk musicians Matt Shipman, Ted DeMille, and Chris Moore.  Experience the sound of a simpler time: an acoustic style of American music with 19th century traditional American roots and influences.  Come one, come all!  Tickets are $20 in advance at www.maineshakers.com or call 926-4597. Shaker Village is located on Route 26 (707 Shaker Road) in New Gloucester.  FMI:  usshakers@aol.com or visit us on Facebook:  Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.