This week on April 5th, the weekly Noonday Concert at the First Parish Church in Portland, Maine, will feature two pieces by Elliott Schwartz. The very recent trumpet-percussion duet, ANAGRAMS, will be performed by Abriel Ferreira and Peter McLaughlin (both former Bowdoin students); and the composer will accompany Maria Wagner in the clarinet-piano piece READING SESSION. Both of these pieces ask the performer to speak (!) as well as play, and to carry that "speaking theme" forward Elliott will also perform Tom Johnson's classic LECTURE WITH REPETITION. The concert is entitled "Elliott Schwartz and Friends," and will take place at the First Parish Church (425 Congress Street, Portland) at 12:15 pm.
Later this month, the Portland Conservatory will host its 4th annual Back Cove Festival of Contemporary Music. There will be four concerts taking place on April 14th and 15th, including one by PCM student performers, in Memorial Hall at the conservatory (202 Woodford Street, in the Woodfords Church building). Maine composers will be represented, including Dan Sonenberg of USM (featuring selections from his new opera), Beth Wiemann from the University of Maine/Orono (featuring "Di Camera" for trumpet, cello and piano, commissioned by trumpet professor Jack Burt, who will be performing at this festival), Joshua DeScherer, Gia Comoli, Richard Nelson of UMA, and more. Connecticut composer Elizabeth Austin and Amherst College composer-pianist Eric Sawyer will also be participating.
The Sunday afternoon concert of the festival (April 15th, 5:00 pm) will include a performance of Elliott's work for piano duet TEST DRIVE, performed by the composer and Catherine Cushing.