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Experience: The Concert

Hear the world’s finest artists perform the musical gems of the Baroque era in the picturesque stone chapel of St. Mary’s Church.

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Experience: The Salon

Bach’s most indelible chamber music is performed in intimate home settings. Patrons mingle with the musicians to delve more deeply into the music. Local treats and fine wines make this an unforgettable evening.

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Experience: Understanding

Learn more about the composers, the instruments, and the Baroque era in these intimate artist seminars and masterclasses.

 
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Experience: Portland

These innovative and immersive events celebrate essential Portland: amazing views, delicious drinks, great people, and phenomenal music.

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Experience: Bachanalia

What if Bach played the blues or Handel wrote for Beyoncé? These performances explore the intersections of classical music with the music of today. Ground-breaking interpretations are performed in dance clubs, small theatres, and the best bars in Portland.

 

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Experience: The Concert

Hear the world’s finest artists perform the musical gems of the Baroque era in the picturesque stone chapel of
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, 43 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105

 

BACH's MAGNIFICAT & ORCHESTRAL SUITE NO. 3  

Friday, June 8  |  7pm
Saturday, June 9  |  7pm
Sunday, June 10  |  3pm

A trio of trumpets, choir, vocal soloists, and full baroque orchestra herald in the June Festival.

 

A Journey Through Baroque Europe

Friday, June 15  |  7pm

Featuring James Kennerley, harpsichord, and Diderot String Quartet on period instruments.

 
 

Vivaldi'S THE Four Seasons

Saturday, June 16  |  7pm
Sunday, June 17  |  3pm

Hear the beloved work that revolutionized music by representing the sounds of nature: flowing creeks, singing birds, barking dogs, frozen landscapes and warming fires.

 

Anachronism with Ava Pine & John McKean

Saturday, October 20 | 7pm

Featuring the Portland Bach Experience Orchestra & Choir, Anachronism, soprano Ava Pine, and harpsichordist John McKean.

 

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Experience: The Salon

 

Bach’s most indelible chamber music is performed in intimate settings. Patrons mingle with the musicians to delve more deeply into the music. Local treats and fine wines make this an unforgettable evening.

 
 

Bach Double Violin Concerto

Friday, May 4  |  7:30pm

Hear the famous Bach Double Violin Concerto played one-on-a-part by the celebrated Arneis Quartet.

 

Bach & FortH

Saturday, May 5  |  7:30pm

Warp Piano Trio and Nate Tucker share an exciting electric program that explores the intersection between Bach, Beethoven and Bill Evans.

 
 
 

Bach, Handel & Telemann

Monday, June 11  |  7pm

Featuring Priscilla Herreid, oboe, called "...a thing of special beauty" by the New York Times.

 

The Court Musicians: Lute & Voice

Tuesday, June 12  |  7pm

Just like the nobles of Europe, let the intimate sounds of the lute and soloists Jesse Blumberg, Kate Maroney and Sarah Brailey entertain you while you sip fine wine.  

 

 
 

Art of Fugue

Thursday, June 14  |  7pm

Diderot String Quartet performs excerpts of Die Kunst der Fuge: a feat of mathematical genius & artistic beauty and the culmination of Bach's fascination with the musical possibilities of a single theme. 

 

Baroque Brunch

Sunday, October 21 | 11am

Join us for a brunch salon in Portland’s West End featuring Sarah Darling, whose “absolute concentration and astonishing precision” (Badischer Zeitung) and “sympathy and spirit” (Hub Review) was on display in June for Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, and internationally celebrated harpsichordist and Camden native John McKean.

 
 

Anachronism in Boston

Thursday, October 18 | 7pm

Join us in Boston, MA, for an intimate salon concert featuring returning artists Jesse Irons (violin), and Michael Unterman (cello) with Simon Martyn-Ellis (theorbo & Baroque lute/guitar) and Karina Schmitz (viola).

 

 

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Experience: Understanding

Learn more about the composers, the instruments, and the Baroque era in these intimate artist seminars & masterclasses.

 
 

Warp Trio

Friday, May 4  |  4:30pm

One Longfellow Square

Free

Come find out what the future of classical music sounds like. Warp Trio will discuss the classical influences within their original compositions.

 

STORIES & SONGS WITH LUTE

Tuesday, June  12  |  4pm

Creative Portland

Free  |  Kids Welcome

Artistic Director Emily Isaacson reads two of her favorite books about music and shares some of her
favorite stories set to music with guests Kate Maroney, mezzo; Sarah Brailey, soprano; and Grant Herreid,
lute. Free and family friendly.

 
 
 

Cantata Sing Along

Wednesday, June 13  |  6pm

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

Each year, PBE and the Oratorio Chorale co-host a one-night rehearsal, concert, and party in celebration of a Bach cantata. Come sing with us!

 

Art of Fugue Lecture Demonstration

Thursday, June 14  |  1pm

Creative Portland

Free

Bach was fascinated by the depth of compositional possibilities inherent in a single melody. Diderot String Quartet will discuss fugue, counterpoint, imitation and why Bach's "Die Kunst der Fuge" is as much a feat of mathematical genius as it is artistic beauty.

 
 

How to Build a Harpsichord

Saturday, October 20 | 1pm

Rising Tide Brewing Company

Free

Learn about this predecessor to the piano, how they are constructed, and their role in Baroque music from John McKean, the harpsichord builder from the Longy School of Music at Bard College.

 
 

 

Cantata Sing-Along

Come sing with us!

Each year PBE and the Oratorio Chorale co-host a one-night rehearsal, concert, and party in celebration of a Bach cantata. Amateur singers and music lovers gather after work for a picnic dinner. After an hour of rehearsal, with PBE and OC conductor Emily Isaacson, and a Bach-inspired cake party, singers perform the full cantata alongside the PBE's internationally acclaimed soloists. Meet friends. Make music. Be a part of great art.

Tickets: $15 for singers ($5 for students and listeners) includes score rental, professional soloists, accompanist and refreshments.

 

The Episcopal church of st. mary
43 Foreside road, falmouth

Wednesday, June 13  |  6pm


5:00-6:00pm Registration and Picnic
(Bring your own picnic or brown-bag dinners for sale)

6:00-7:00pm Rehearsal

7:00pm Cake Break

7:30pm “Performance” of Cantata with PBE Soloists

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Experience: Portland

These innovative and immerse events celebrate essential Portland: amazing views, delicious drinks, great people, and phenomenal music.

 

First Friday Pop-up concerts 

Friday, May 4  |  5pm

Portland Museum of Art

Free  |  Kids Welcome

Mini-concerts by the Arneis Quartet performed during First Friday Art Walk. 

 

Bach in a Bowling Alley

Sunday, May 6  |  11am - 2pm

Bayside Bowl

Free  |  Food & Drink for Purchase

Kids Welcome

The famous event is back! 5x5-minute concerts in a bowling alley. Family friendly. Dancing encouraged.

 

Bach’s “Coffee Cantata”

Sunday, June 10  |  10am

Portland Museum of Art

Kids Welcome  

Join us for brunch, locally-roasted coffee, and Bach’s beloved secular cantata about everyday people and one daughter’s coffee habit.

 

A Suite Ride Through Portland

Saturday, June 16  |  9am — 6pm

In one day, A Suite Ride through Portland will present all six of J.S. Bach’s cello suites in different public locations throughout greater Portland. Free, open, and in unconventional public spaces, some audience may attend all six experiences while others may discover the art by chance.

 

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Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 20 | 11am

Deering Oaks Park

Free, Kids Welcome

A Suite Ride Through Portland returns! Enjoy free concerts in open, unconventional public spaces throughout the city. Some audience members may attend both experiences while others may discover the art by chance. Free and family friendly!

 

Bach & Beer

Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 20 | 2— 4pm

Rising Tide Brewing Company

Free, Kids Welcome

Bach & Beer is back! Enjoy 5 x 5-minute concerts paired with local brews at Rising Tide Brewing Company. Free to attend, drinks available for purchase. Families and dancing encouraged!

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Photo credit: Jacob Blickenstaff

A Suite Ride Through Portland

Saturday, June 16  |  9am — 6pm

Yoga on the Eastern Prom

Suite No.1 with silent led yoga.
Yogis and observers welcome.

Eastern Promenade  |  9am

 

 

Deering Oaks Park

Children and their families are encouraged to hear Suite No. 2 as inspiration for improvisatory dance or narrative play.

Deering Oaks Park  |  10am

 

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Listen to Suite No. 3 under the awning of Portland’s Ferry line

Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal  |  12pm

 

The Longfellow Garden

Suite No. 4 is played in this oasis at Maine Historical Society.

The Longfellow Garden  |  1pm

 

CONGRESS SQUARE PARK

Listen, dance or dream along to Suite No. 5.

Congress Square Park  |  4pm

 

MONUMENT SQUARE PARK

Join us for “Bachsicals” and Suite No. 6, a perfect end to the day.

Monument Square Park  |  5pm


 

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Experience: Bachanalia

What if Bach played the blues or Handel wrote for Beyoncé? These performances explore the intersections of classical music with the music of today. Ground-breaking interpretations are performed in dance clubs, small theatres and the best bars in Portland.

 
 

Warp Trio & Nate Tucker, DJ  

Friday, May 4  |  7pm

One Longfellow Square

Described in Free Times as "A talented group that exemplifies the genre-obliterating direction of contemporary classical music," Warp Trio lies at the intersection of a chamber music ensemble, rock band and art project. Guest Star, Nate Tucker.

 

Bach & Beer

Thursday, June 14  |  5pm

Portland Customs House

Free  |  Food & Drink for Purchase  |  Kids Welcome

There is a long history in classical music of combining good drink, good friends and great music. Much of J. S. Bach’s secular music was premiered at Zimmermannsche Kaffeehaus (Zimmerman’s Coffee Shop) in Leipzig, a meeting place where men and women from the middle class could mingle. We revive the tradition at the stunning Portland Customs House by pairing local brews with short musical interludes.