Saturday, February 12 at 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM


For Palaver Strings’ final chamber concert of the season, they’ll explore some of the new musical ideas that propel chamber music tradition into the future. The evening begins with Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, composed in response to a Haydn quartet and in dialogue with the classical tradition in general. Riffing on classical gestures, Shaw’s music takes us, in her words, to “the other side of Alice’s looking glass, in a kind of absurd, subtle, technicolor transition.” 

They’ll continue with a new set of original fiddle tunes by Palaver’s own violist, Elizabeth Moore, and conclude with Florence Price’s A Minor String Quartet, which incorporates both twentieth-century compositional ideas and African-American vernacular music. 

We hope you will join Palaver Strings for this journey beyond the looking glass, as we catch a glimpse of a bold and brilliant future for their craft.


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.

Matinee — Doors open at 3:00 PM; Show begins at 3:30 PM

Evening — Doors open at 7:00 PM; Show begins at 7:30 PM

90-minutes with an intermission

Tickets are available for $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and $22 for preferred seating

No one will be turned away for lack of funds; contact MSA at 207-879-4629 or for information on our sliding scale admission policy.

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