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Vigorous Tenderness is an outdoor distanced concert series that amplifies marginalized voices in classical music and democratizes new/experimental music.

A response to pandemic music-making, Vigorous Tenderness brings audiences to meaningful outdoor spaces and invites them to re-engage safely with acoustic sound.  These experimental performances resemble an art museum experience, with chamber music ensembles spread across the landscape while the audience forges a self-curated path through the installation. The programming highlights BIPOC and queer composers, and features some of Maine's most thoughtful musicians.

Many of the methods we have to mark the passage of time have been so compromised recently.  With concerts on the fall equinox, winter solstice, vernal equinox, and summer solstice, Vigorous Tenderness provides an earthly and grounded way to observe the passage of time.  

These performances are a musical offering of vigorous tenderness to the community, fostering an atmosphere of deep listening and reflection.

Vigorous Tenderness: a vernal equinox concert will happen on Saturday, March 20th.  Join the mailing list and stay tuned for details.

Read about Vigorous Tenderness in the Bangor Daily News.

A gallery featuring the fall and winter performances is in the works.  In the meantime, photos and videos can be found here: fall equinox /// winter solstice

Programs, performers and details from previous concerts: fall equinox /// winter solstice


Join the mailing list for infrequent emails with details about the vernal equinox, summer solstice, fall equinox, and winter solstice.  Click here.

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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