Palaver Strings

Metamorphosis explores the beauty of pain and transformation through the lens of two monumental works for string orchestra. Strauss’s Metamorphosen looks back on what once was, bearing witness to the trauma and destruction of World War II. Schoenberg’s Verklartke Nacht, meanwhile, looks inward, towards the possibility of redemption through love. Palaver presents these pieces side by side, asking ourselves and our audience to reflect on the meaning of change in our lives. Complete with stunning visuals by videographer Yoon S. Byun and a special pre-concert discussion.

Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization based in Portland, ME, whose mission is to strengthen and inspire community through music. Palaver’s musicians share artistic and administrative leadership, guided by a passion for engaging new audiences, addressing social justice issues, and amplifying underrepresented voices through classical music. Each year, Palaver presents over 40 live performances featuring diverse musical programming, cross-genre projects, and community collaborations. Equally committed to education, Palaver offers music instruction to over 325 students per year through the Palaver Music Center in Portland, ME.

Pre-Concert Conversation with Palaver on Zoom

Join Palaver musicians Elizabeth Moore, Matthew Smith, and Maya French as they discuss the creative process behind Metamorphosis, provide a brief musical analysis of Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht, and reflect on experiences of transformation throughout the pandemic.

The event is free to attend and accessible at THIS ZOOM LINK


7:15-7:55pm – Pre-Concert Conversation with Palaver on Zoom

8:00-9:00pm – Performance streaming from State Theatre’s Facebook & YouTube