This week

• Local country singer Travis James Humphrey celebrates the release of his rocking new CD “Dirty Beautiful World” with shows at 9 p.m. Monday at Champions Sports Bar, 15 Thornton Ave., Biddeford and at 5 p.m. Friday at Dogfish Bar & Grille, 128 Free St., Portland. The disc, produced by Johnny Hiland, will be available at music retailers beginning Tuesday.


• The Portland Chamber Music Festival and Congregation Bet Ha’am present a program of chamber music to benefit both groups. The concert will be at 8 p.m. Saturday in the recently opened Congregation Bet Ha’am sanctuary at 81 Westbrook St., South Portland.

Cellist Marc Johnson, former cellist of the Vermeer Quartet, will join Portland Chamber Music Festival artistic directors violinist Jennifer Elowitch and pianist Dena Levine in a program featuring piano trios of Haydn and Rebecca Clarke. New York violist Stefanie Taylor will join the group in a performance of the Brahms C minor Piano Quartet.

The new building was designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects of Toronto and features sculptural wood interior surfaces and a curved wood ceiling reminiscent of a tent as well as a reflecting pool and garden.

Johnson performed with the Grammy Award-nominated Vermeer Quartet for 35 years, appearing regularly in the world’s musical capitals and during the group’s residencies at Northern Illinois University and Rockport’s Bay Chamber Concerts.

Elowitch is the assistant principal second violinist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and performs often with the Boston Symphony.

Levine is associate professor of piano and director of instrumental music at Seton Hall University.

Taylor performs frequently with the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.

General admission is $25, but people age 21 and younger may attend for free. Tickets may be purchased at the door, online at, or by calling the Portland Chamber Music Festival at (800) 320-0257.


• Ogunquit Performing Arts presents a concert of renaissance music featuring the a capella ensemble Capella Alamire at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Dunaway Center, 23 School St., Ogunquit. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance at the Dunaway Center, Ogunquit Camera Shop and Ogunquit Welcome Center or purchased at the door the night of the performance.


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