Classical New England's weekly sojourn to festivals all over New England takes you to the largest city in Maine, where cityscapes and seascapes blend together and chamber music rings out every August during the Portland Chamber Music Festival.
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The Portland Chamber Music Festival brings a concentrated chamber music experience to Maine each August, with concerts at the Abromson Center on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.
Musicians from around the country travel to Maine to come together in programs that features chamber music by masters of the past like Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Poulenc, and Fauré, as well as works by composers of our day, like Melinda Wagner, Lee Hyla, and Osvaldo Golijov.
The festival also presents a free Family Fun Day, with activitiesand a concert, in collaboration with other organizations like the Peekaboo Children’s Center, The Telling Room, and the Southern Maine Writing Project.
The city of Portland is one of New England's treasures, combining a rich history of industry, easy access to natural beauty, a vibrant cultural scene, and a manageable size.
Around 100 miles from Boston, travel to Portland can take many forms. By car, it's a reasonable drive on Interstate 95, but many visitors opt for the Amtrak Downeaster. The train service offers five two-and-a-half hour trips per day.
Further exploration of one of America's most beautiful coastlines can be undertaken via Casco Bay Lines, with ferry and boat service to several of the islands that dot the ocean off Portland.
Lodging in Portland can take many forms, from the comfort of large hotels to the hospitality of bed and breakfasts to the flexibility of house and cottage rentals.
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