PORTLAND, Maine — The Nordica Trio will be performing live in concert in commemoration of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day at the Portland Conservatory of Music (PCM) on Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m. The Armenian Cultural Association of Maine (ACAME) is co-presenting the concert with the PCM as part of an initiative to share and expose the vibrant music of other cultures with the Portland community.
A limited number of tickets are available for sale by visiting portlandconservatoryofmusic.org. Tickets for the April 23 concert will be sold for $20 advance, $25 door, and $5 student rates. Advance ticket sales will end at noon (12:00 p.m.) on April 23. Remaining tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis.
In addition, on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. all are invited to participate in a virtual conversation (register via Zoom) with the Nordica Trio hosted by Carolyn Nishon, executive director of Portland Symphony Orchestra and Board Member of ACAME.
The Nordica Trio brings together a beautiful harmony of violin, clarinet, and piano music performed respectively by Graybert Beacham, Karen Beacham, and Martin Perry. Since its debut in 1993, the trio has been enthusiastically received by audiences in Maine and beyond. Moreover, this concert will additionally feature a world premiere of an exciting new work, inspired by Armenian folk music, written for the Nordica Trio by Maine composer and PCM Jazz Studies Director Titus Abbott.
Recently, the managing director of Somm Recordings in the United Kingdom approached the trio to record a CD for its label. The managing director was particularly impressed with a live recording of the Nordica Trio’s performance of Bela Bartok’s Contrasts. The CD will include works by Armenian composers as well as Contrasts. Recording sessions are planned for August, 2023.
On April 23, the Nordica Trio will perform works by Armenian composers (Aram Khachaturian, Alexander Arutiunian and Alan Hovhaness) plus the world premiere of a piece composed for the Nordica Trio using Armenian themes by composer Titus Abbott. The concert is in support of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, observed each year on April 24 to commemorate the 1.5 million Armenian victims of the 1915 genocide by Ottoman Turkey.