The Portsmouth Athenaeum presents this annual series of chamber music concerts held in historic properties around Portsmouth.

This fall, the public is invited to two chamber concerts.

Anna Williams, violin, Eri Nakamura, piano, and Mikhail Veselov, cello, of the Neave Piano Trio. Photo: Jacob Lewis Lovendahl.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 3 p.m.


at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 Chapel Street, Portsmouth

(piano, violin, cello)

The Neave Trio—violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov and pianist Eri Nakamura—has continued to earn enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. The group’s 2019 album Her Voice was named one of the best recordings of the year by both the New York Times and BBC Radio 3. The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised the trio’s “unanimity, communication, variety of touch and expressive sensibility” adding “it is inconceivable that they will not soon be among the busiest chamber ensembles going.”

This year, the Trio’s program in Portsmouth will include French Romantic female composer Louise Ferrancs Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Maurice Ravel’s (sole) piano trio, composed in 1914 when Ravel was newly enlisted in the French army and Missing Pieces V by young American composer Eric Nathan. A musical homage to Ben Schott’s book “Schottenfreude,” Missing Pieces is the composer’s version of Schott’s invention of German neologisms conveying the mundane experiences that lack English words to express.


Musicians from Noree Chamber Soloists, from top left clockwise: Emma Frucht, violin; Sung Jin Lee, viola; Yi Qun Xu, cello; and Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 3 p.m.


at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 Chapel Street, Portsmouth

(two violins, viola, cello)

The Noree Chamber Soloists are an elite roster of New York-based young classical musicians, who themselves are on prestigious world stages and winners of top international competitions. They team together to perform chamber music programs that have won such praise as “musicality of high order” and “exquisite sensitivity” from the New York Concert Review.

In October, four Noree musicians will perform in Portsmouth: Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin; Emma Frucht, violin; Sung Jin Lee, viola; and Yi Qun Xu, cello. The group will be performing two of the most beloved examples of the string quartet repertoire: Mozart’s Dissonance Quartet in C Major, one of the six quartets dedicated to Joseph Hayden, which earned its nickname from its slow and chromatic introduction; and Dvorak’s American Quartet in F Major, written during the composer’s time in the U.S. with open, simple character based on its unifying pentatonic scale and frequently identified with American folk music.



$150 per person

Each Patron receives a ticket to concert series & post-concert receptions.

Please make checks payable to the Portsmouth Athenaeum.

Send to:

Portsmouth Athenaeum

PO BOX 366, Portsmouth, NH 03802

(Please note PACM on memo line)


Admission $25 (in advance or at the door)


If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask.

Following the chamber music concert series, there is a separate memorial concert.

Etching by Childe Hassam, 1895-1935, “Done from nature in Miss Dorothy Whitcomb’s car.” Collection of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.



at the North Church, Market Square

You are invited to attend a Memorial Concert to honor the Athenaeum members who passed away in 2020. Peter Sykes, Boston’s renowned harpsichordist, will perform at the North Church in Market Square. Sponsored by the Athenaeum, the Memorial Concert is free and open to the public.