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Kaleidoscope | Palaver Strings

Saturday, March 19   |   7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Kaleidoscope remixes and reimagines the sounds of the string orchestra, featuring fresh compositional voices and the personal touch of Palaver’s musicians. At the heart of the program is Max Richter’s Four Seasons, a transcendent remix of Vivaldi’s beloved violin concertos. Using looping motifs, swirling melodies, and inventive harmonies, Richter reimagines this iconic masterpiece through the contemporary lense of neo-minimalism. The solo violin part will be played by a rotating cast of Palaver violinists, each bringing their unique voice to the role. We will follow the Richter with Jessie Montgomery’s Strum, a joyful piece infused with luminous string textures, lyrical melodies, and infectious dance rhythms. We’ll finish up with an arrangement of original fiddle tunes by Maine-based fiddler Liz Knowles and Palaver’s own violist, Elizabeth Moore.


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. Palaver has toured widely throughout the United States, performing at the Kennedy Center and a celebration of the Lullaby Project at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble has enjoyed residencies at Rockport Music (2019-2020), Boston Center for the Arts (2017-2019), and Bay Chamber Concerts (ongoing). Each year, Palaver presents 40+ live performances featuring diverse musical programming, cross-genre projects, and community collaborations. Equally committed to education, Palaver offers quality music instruction through the Palaver Music Center in Portland, currently serving over 325 students per year.

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Saturday, March 19
7:00 pm 9:00 pm


Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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