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Vigorous Tenderness: a vernal equinox concert

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Saturday, March 20th, 3-5pm
Eastern Prom Trail, Portland
sliding scale donation, no advanced tickets required

Join us for a symphony of sounds to reengage with acoustic music in observance of the vernal equinox. The third installment of this experimental outdoor concert series resembles an art museum experience, with chamber music and harbor sounds in harmony with the landscape while the audience follows a path of listening and reflection.

This series highlights BIPOC and queer composers, and features some of Maine's most thoughtful musicians.


The performance will take place along the Eastern Prom Trail.   Meet near the East End Beach to receive a map / program.

Please arrive between 3 and 4pm, and move through the installation at your own pace.


Sliding scale donations are welcomed: $0-100 per person
Cash and venmo accepted, everything goes to the musicians.
venmo: @VigorousTenderness

The rain/snow date for this event is Sunday, March 21st


rsvp here for info and updates

Vigorous Tenderness is thrilled to present two world premieres written by Maine composers for the vernal equinox.  JD Hunter's new work for voices and percussion is an exploration of intensity and release as experienced together in isolation.  Written in response to the ICE facility currently being built in Scarborough, Cindy Giron's duo for violin and viola draws from her interviews with Mainers who have been detained by ICE.  

This concert also includes a poetry-inspired string quartet by Yaz LancasterAngelica Negron's La bicicleta de cristal with ocean accompaniment, and Raven Chacon's Chorale for 4-8 Boats with Fog Horns performed in the harbor by Maine's most musical mariners.



performed by:
Kallie Sugatski

Tracey Jasas-Hardel

Sam Schuth

Ben Noyes

Eric Yim

Lauren Hastings

Anna Maria Amoroso-Noyes
Sarah Bailey

Andy Graichen

Molly Harmon
Brian Shankar Adler

Josh Charleton

Lauren Yokabaskas

JD Hunter
and Maine's most most musical mariners

This is an event by and for the community, and we welcome your support.  Please reach out to if you are interested in donating or volunteering.  Financial donations will support future concerts, enable us to pay musicians equitably, and promote our effort to amplify underrepresented voices in classical music.




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For more info about this series, check out the writeup in the Bangor Daily News

This concert is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

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