USM strings play Music At Noon

Dec 01, 2012
The Music at Noon concerts take place in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s library.

Rockland — In collaboration with the Farnsworth Art Museum and University of Southern Maine School of Music, Bay Chamber Concerts presents a new series this winter season, intimate lunchtime concerts taking place on the second Wednesday of each month through February. These diverse, 50-minute performances offer a simple, tasty lunch in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s library surrounded by art and music. Tickets are $25, $20 for Farnsworth members. Tickets include lunch as well as free entrance to the Farnsworth Art Museum following the show.

The second concert is the series is set for Wednesday, Dec. 12 at noon and features the talented and acclaimed USM String Quartet featuring Aaron Pettengill (violin), Sam Schuth (violin), Roy MacNeil (viola) and Shannon Allen (cello). The ensemble will perform a program that includes movements from Haydn’s “The Birds” Quartet in C Major; Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet in D Minor; and Ravel’s Quartet in F Major.

A previous concertmaster of the Portland Youth Symphony and the Maine All-State Orchestra, Pettengill plays with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and is a senior violin performance Major at USM where, last year, he won the USM Concerto Competition.

Schuth, from Eastport, is a sophomore at USM, after transferring from Cornell College. Saying he is glad to be at a school where he is being challenged musically every day, he studies with Robert Lehmann.

MacNeil is a senior performance major originally from Greensboro, Vt. He has had the opportunity to work with many groups including the Craftsbury Chamber Players and the string quartet ETHEL, which will appear at Bay Chamber Concerts on Feb. 2. He has been coached by Yuri Mazurkevich and the St. Lawrence String Quartet and performed with the nationally acclaimed group A Far Cry.

Allen is a born and raised Portlander. He grew up in a musical family, started playing piano at age 5 and picked up the flute and cello at age 10. He is a junior at the University of Southern Maine where he is focusing on the cello, studying with Bill Rounds.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Bay Chamber Concerts online at, or 236-2823.

Based in Rockport, Bay Chamber is a 501 (c)(3) registered nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives through high-quality concert programs, music education and community engagement. Bay Chamber acknowledges the importance of all musical languages and encourages people of all ages and abilities to explore them both in concerts and in the classroom.

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