...Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom

February 19, 2011

Under the auspices of Chamber ME Music, violinist Dean Stein introduced his fellow guest artists, The Atlantic Chamber Players, right after Executive Stephen Joffe of River Tree Arts welcomed the sunny winter morning audience, inviting them to partake of more and more of RTA’s new programs. He mentioned that the DaPonte String Quartet will be performing a series at RTA this coming summer.

The hour-long program was made up of two string quartets, one classical and one contemporary, and the two were interchanged from the printed program listing so that the musical periods would be played consecutively. Heavenly strains of the String Quartet, Opus 20, No. 4 in f minor by F. J. Haydn (1732-1809) settled the audience into an immediate sense of appreciation for the quality of which they would be partakin...

November 20, 2010

Already looking forward to the next Chamber ME Music free concert at this venue on  December  18, this Saturday  brought a second delightful late morning concert,  enjoyed by more than double the first audience at the River Tree Arts venue on Route 9 in Kennebunk Lower Village. The Eleventh Hour, so to speak, allowed time for just two works before noon, both by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). Violinist Jon Poupore performed the first half of the program as soloist in the Violin Sonata No. 1 in a minor, Opus 105, with Donald Alfano at the piano. The piano accompaniment was beautifully complementary to Poupore’s fine interpretation of the work.

As soon as the stage area was set for the quintet, the program continued with Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major by Schumann. The overall enjoyment lev...

October 16, 2010

The River Tree Arts performance gallery was set up to welcome a full house of classical music lovers.  Accessible music carefully designed to delight a new audience was nevertheless enjoyed by a handful of longtime classical music buffs who are residents of the Kennebunks. They were hungry enough for this genre to come out for it at 11 o’clock on Saturday morning. Impresario Jon Poupore is the Librarian of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He has great connections among Maine musicians, and good taste. His viola performance today was exemplary! Today’s fine trio ensemble included Heather Sumner, clarinet and Robert Enman, piano.

“Trio in E-flat major for Clarinet, Viola and Piano”, K. 498 by W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) was easy listening at its best in the hands of Sumner, Poupore and Enman, respective...

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Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom: musician, music critic, author and poet

Unlaundered Cache

By Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom

Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom has compiled this collection of poems,  written over several decades while living in New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina and Maine. A member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, she wrote the title poem while on vacation at Goose Rocks Beach, Maine, when her family was living in North Carolina. A past member of her native New Hampshire Poetry Society, when she moved to Pinehurst, NC, she became a member of the Poetry Society of North Carolina that published "Unlaundered Cache" in its 60th anniversary collection, entitled "Here's to the Land", 1992.

© 2018 by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom