Palaver Strings’ Beehive Chamber Series: Painted Dreams

SATURDAY, JAN 7 — Doors at 3:00 PM; Show at 3:30 PM

SATURDAY, JAN 7 — Doors at 7:00 PM; Show at 7:30 PM

This chamber program recalls sunnier times in the depths of a New England winter. Palaver Strings begins with Reena Esmail’a duo Nadiya, and continues with the subtle textures of Jeffrey Mumford’s string quartet A Veil of Liquid Diamonds. An avid painter as well as a composer, Mumford writes that his work is “inspired by cloud imagery, suspended structures that continually split off and recombine as analogous to the formation of layers of simultaneous musical development.” They’ll wrap up with the epic Souvenir de Florence string sextet, written by Tchaikovsky on one of his visits to Italy. This epic piece is full of dashing escapades, romantic sentiments, and nostalgia for home, drawing on both Italian themes and the Russian melodies of Tchaikovsky’s homeland.

Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization based in Portland, ME. Their mission is to strengthen and inspire community through music. In their 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. Equally committed to performance and education, Palaver presents a full season of live concerts and serves hundreds of students each year at the Palaver Music Center in Portland.