The Portsmouth Athenaeum presents this annual series of chamber music concerts held in historic properties around Portsmouth. This year, the public is invited to attend four chamber concerts.

Noree Chamber Soloists. Courtesy photo.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 3 p.m.


at Kittery Dance Hall, 7 Walker Street, Kittery

Noree Chamber Soloists is a NY-based ensemble that shares a unique virtuoso concerto and chamber music program. Their artists have appeared on prestigious stages, won top international competitions, including Queen Elizabeth, Klein, Benedetto Mazzacurati Cello, and Anton Rubinstein Piano Competitions, and participated in festivals including Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Verbier, Kneisel Hall, and the Perlman Music Programs. As a young ensemble, Noree Chamber Soloists is committed to developing the next generation of audiences through compelling programming and supporting classical musicians by creating exciting performance opportunities.


Rasa String Quartet consists of violist Emma Powell, cellist Mina Kim, and violinists Maura Shawn Scanlin and Kiyoshi Hayashi,. Courtesy photo.



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

Formed in 2019, the Boston-based Rasa String Quartet is quickly emerging as one of New England’s finest ensembles and consists of violinists Maura Shawn Scanlin and Kiyoshi Hayashi, violist Emma Powell, and cellist Mina Kim. They have performed across the US including appearances with Rockport Music, the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Boston New Music Festival, and the Rockport Celtic Festival. Rasa String Quartet is passionate about performing powerful, engaging, and unconventional programs that are inspired by a wide variety of traditions, fuse multiple genres, highlight unknown composers, and make classical music culturally relevant.


Pictured from left to right are Yaira Matyakubova, violin, Philip Boulanger, cello, Gregory Tompkins, violin, and Annalisa Boerner, viola. Courtesy photo.



at South Church, 292 State Street, Portsmouth

Featured in the New York Times and on NPR, and sought after for both their command on the concert stage and their mastery as teachers, Music Haven String Quartet has been described as “exquisite” by the NH Register. Music Haven String Quartet’s four members – Yaira Matyakubova, violin; Gregory Tompkins, violin; Annalisa Boerner, viola; Philip Boulanger, cello – represent the world’s top conservatories and bring outstanding chamber music performances to the Northeast region with a full season of concerts, recitals, educational workshops, and public performances. Music Haven String Quartet is based in New Haven and serves as the permanent quartet-in-residence and teaching faculty for the group.

They spearhead the organization’s tuition-free string program for youth, recognized as a top after-school arts program by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities for six years.


Violinist Emil Altschuler, pianist Thomas Pandolfi, and cellist Allison Eldredge of the ASMI Chamber Ensemble.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 3 p.m.


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

The Altschuler Summer Music Institute develops musicians of all ages through participation in masterclasses, private lessons, and performances with renowned artists. The ASMI Chamber Ensemble is a collaboration between ASMI’s world-renowned faculty and selected young artists. Born in New York City, cellist Allison Eldredge appeared as a soloist with the LA Philharmonic at age 12 and with the NY Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta at age 15. Allison studied at the Juilliard School and is on the Cello Faculty of NE Conservatory, the Boston String Academy, and ASMI. Pianist Thomas Pandolfi studied at The Juilliard School (BM & MM), and has become an audience favorite on the world’s most prestigious stages, including Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, Kiev Opera House, London’s Cadogan Hall, et al. Maestro Pandolfi is a Steinway Artist. Violinist Emil Altschuler holds degrees from Juilliard and Yale School of Music. He is an active soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra.



$85 for all four concerts


$250 per person

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

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) 

The public is invited! All programs subject to change.

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

Yet vigorous at the age of 205, the Portsmouth Athenæum is one of only a few non-profit membership libraries remaining in the U.S. Sited at the heart of the town and an active part of the life of the community, we hold manifold lectures, exhibitions and concerts dedicated to the edification and enjoyment of all. Membership and participation are open to everyone