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Oct 2, Opus 39 & Amare Cantare
Location: Green Acre Baha'i Conference Center, Eliot ME
Presented by Kensington Stobart Galleries

Opus 39

Amare Cantare

Opus 39 is an ensemble comprised of New England musicians Margaret Herlehy, oboe; Stephanie Ratte, clarinet; Rodger Ellsworth, viola; Bozena OBrien, violin and Jeremy Hill, double bass. This unique combination of instrumentation duplicates the ensemble that Serge Prokofiev chose for his magnificent quintet, Op. 39.

In 2004, the ensemble performed a series of concerts featuring works inspired by political events of the 20th century including the Prokofiev Quintet Op. 39, the Suite of Randall Thompson and the haunting Abyss of the Birds from the Quartet for the End of Time by Oliver Messaien. The performances were received with such overwhelming response that the ensemble was selected to perform and discuss the Prokofiev Quintet as clinicians for the 2005 NH All State Chamber Music Festival.


Suite, Randall Thompson
Assai Allegro
Lento Religioso
Infinities 32 , Meyer Kupferman
Tranquillo Vitamente!
Abyss of the Birds, Oliver Messiaen from the Quartet for the End of Time
Three Short Pieces, Michael Starobin
Allegro Con Brio
Molto Allegro

Amare Cantare takes its name for the Italian expression that means to love to sing. Amare Cantare is a 25-voice auditioned chamber chorus based in Durham. Its purposes are to present concerts of choral music on a high artistic level in the Seacoast community and elsewhere, to provide members with the opportunity to enhance their musical skills and knowledge and to promote choral music through public performance. The ensemble's repertoire includes both sacred and secular literature and ranges from Renaissance madrigals, Bach motets. Romantic part songs to contemporary a capella literature, folk songs and popular favorites. The emphasis is on a high standard of performance with most works sung in their original languages. Amare Cantare's performs three major concerts series each year and additional paid engagements. The group draws its members from all over the Seacoast area and beyond, ranging from Exeter, to York ME, to Freedom, NH. Catherine Beller-McKenna, Music Director


In Remembrance, Eleanor Daly
Hotaru Koi , Traditional Japanese round
Bogoróditse Devo , Sergei Rachmaninoff from All-Night Vigil, Opus 37

Green Acre Baha'i Conference Center was founded by Sarah Farmer, who dedicated it in 1894 to the ideals of peace and religious unity and then raised the first known peace flag in the world. In 1905, both Russian and Japanese members of the peace treaty delegations visited Green Acre. Sarah Farmer was the only woman to witness the signing of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty on September 5, 1905.

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For a Russian-language description of the Treaty exhibit click here.

For the Russian-language Library of Congress description of the Treaty of Portsmouth, click here.


 News and Links

To learn nore, the following books are available, click here to order:

Heroes & Friends: Behind the Scenes of the Treaty of Portsmouth by Michiko Nakanishi

There Are No Victors Here: A Local Perspective on the Treaty of Portsmouth by Peter E. Randall

Also available, click here for ordering:


An Uncommon Commitment to Peace Exhibit Catalogue published by the Japan-America Society of NH

Blessed Are the Peacemakers: The Service of Thanksgiving for the Portsmouth Treaty, September 5, 1905 by Marina Grot Turkevich Naumann

Original 1905 newsreel footage on DVD

Treaty of Portsmouth 1905-2005 book of reproduction historical postcards.

The Portsmouth Peace Process: Guide for Teachers by Northeast Cultural Coop

Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail

For hours, directions, details on the Portsmouth Historical Society museum where the Portsmouth Peace Treaty exhibit is displayed, click here.

For hours, directions, details on Strawbery Banke Museum and the Shapiro House, owned by one of the founders of Temple Israel who figured in the Treaty citizen diplomacy, click here.

For information about Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Building 86 where the formal negotiations were held. click here.

For more information about Wentworth By the Sea Hotel, where both delegations stayed, click here.

For more information about Green Acre Bahai School and Sarah Farmer's commitment to the peace process, click here.

The Portsmouth Public Library maintains an micorfilm archive of local newspapers and an index of the relevant Treaty reporting and other related materials. The archive of original newspapers, photographs and other documents is maintained by the Portsmouth Athenaeum.



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