Noonday Concert Series – Don Pride
Location: Lewis Gallery
Audience: Adults, Seniors
The Noonday Concert Series provides free access to live performances by Maine’s most talented musicians throughout the academic year. The series has always been an integral part of the Conservatory’s mission to provide equal access to high quality music and highlight its talented faculty and students.
Guitarist and composer Don Pride has an extensive performance background and is noted for being able to play in a wide variety of styles. As a classical guitarist, he has presented concerts and recitals throughout the United States. He has played with both the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Chelsea Symphony from New York City. As a jazz guitarist, Don is a member of the Portland Jazz Orchestra, leads The Don Pride Quartet. Don also leads of The Don Pride Band, a musical organization that has played numerous concerts, functions and festivals over its over 20-year history. Don also plays guitar, sings, and writes arrangements for the eight-piece Carmine Band, formerly the Tony Boffa Band. He has also freelanced with many people including Mark Tipton; the Zapion Middle-Eastern Ensemble; Tracy Ullman; and African Gospel Artist Fiston Bujambi. Don recently played lead guitar for the African Gospel Awards show in Atlanta, GA. He has been a featured solo performer for American Cruise Lines since 2013 and has played all over America. He has released two albums under his own name and has appeared on several recordings by others, including most recently Mark Tipton and the Portland Jazz Orchestra.
About the Series » Noonday Concert Series
Founded in 1995, the Portland Conservatory of Music is a nonprofit community music school. They educate through musical instruction and concert performances. The Noonday Concert Series offers free access to performances by the Conservatory’s talented faculty, arguably among Maine’s most esteemed musicians. The weekly concerts are held in downtown Portland throughout the academic year. The series has always been an integral part of the Conservatory’s mission to provide equal access to quality music and highlight its talented faculty and students.
Portland Public Library will be hosting the Noonday Concert Series every third Thursday at Noon, starting in October. For more information on the Series or the Portland Conservatory of Music, please click here.