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Palaver Strings’ Painted Dreams


Classical quartets and sextets to remind us of sunnier times during the throes of Maine winter.

In the throes of a New England winter, we hope that “Painted Dreams” helps you close your eyes and think of sunnier times. Palaver begins with Reena Esmail’s duo Nadiya. Next, they’ll play Jeffrey Mumford’s beautifully layered and textured string quartet, A Veil of Liquid Diamonds. An avid painter as well as a composer, Mumford writes that his work is “inspired by cloud imagery, suspended structures that continually split off and recombine as analogous to the formation of layers of simultaneous musical development.” The program will wrap up with Tchaikovsky’s dashing and daring Souvenir de Florence string sextet. He wrote this piece on one of his visits to Italy, drawing on both Italian themes and the Russian melodies of his homeland.

Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization based in Portland, ME. Founded in 2014, Palaver has established itself as a forward-thinking ensemble whose mission is to strengthen and inspire community through music. In our musician-led model, Palaver’s musicians share artistic and administrative leadership, guided by a passion for engaging new audiences, addressing social justice issues, and amplifying underrepresented voices.

Artwork by Pam Chévez

Sat Jan 8, 2022 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM & 7:00 - 9:00 PM Doors open at 3:00 & 7:00 PM; Shows begin at 3:30 & 7:30 PM

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