Strings for spring at Unity College

Apr 13, 2017
Palaver Strings

Unity — Mostly Maine-bred string players, classical and traditional, will join forces Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Unity College Center for Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

Palaver Strings, a musician-led string orchestra, was formed in 2014 by a group of young musicians from the Boston area, including a few Midcoast natives. Dedicated to the collaborative interpretation of masterworks of the classical repertoire. each member of Palaver Strings is passionate about taking classical music beyond the concert hall to engage with diverse and new audiences.

Palaver will be joined by longtime friends The Gawler Sisters and Bennett Konesni for an eclectic program that includes music from many genres. The Gawler Sisters — Molly, Edith and Elsie — are the second generation of Maine’s First Family of Fiddlers. Musician and folklorist Konesni is Edith Gawler’s husband; the couple own and operate Duckback Farm in Belfast.

From New England’s rolling hills and lush forests; to its craggy shores and rock-filled fields, these highly accomplished musicians will come together in a cross-genre celebration. The program ranges from homegrown folk music to the lush romance of Dvořák’s impression of the New World.

“With strong roots in Maine and New England, this concert is meant to portray our love and care for our natural surroundings,” said Palaver Strings Artistic Director Maya French, who grew up in Waldo County.

Tickets are $15, free for children younger than 10. For advance tickets, visit uccpa.unity.edu. Up next at the UCCPA is Buck Curran of Arborea, performing solo Saturday, April 29, at 7 p.m. ($12).

The Gawler Sisters and Bennett Konesni
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