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 PSO violist Kimberly Lehmann performs the Gigue from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 (arranged for viola) as part of our digital series PSO: Notes From Home. Watch as the amazing musicians of your Portland Symphony Orchestra bring music, instrument demonstrations, and more from their homes to yours! To donate to our PSO Musician… Read More

 PSO’s piccolo player Rachel Braude provides parents everywhere with a great trick on how to get your kids up and out of bed! Her helpful parenting hint is part of the new digital series PSO: Notes From Home. Watch as the amazing musicians of your Portland Symphony Orchestra bring music, instrument demonstrations, and more… Read More

PSO Assistant Concertmaster Amy Sims performs J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 3 in E major, Preludio, as part of the new digital series PSO: Notes From Home. Watch as the amazing musicians of your Portland Symphony Orchestra bring music, instrument demonstrations, and more from their homes to yours! To donate to our PSO Musician Relief Fund… Read More

PSO trombonist Mark Manduca and his wife perform Vaughan Williams’ “Six Studies in English Folk Song: Lento (‘The Lady and the Dragon’)” in the first video of our new digital series PSO: Notes From Home. Watch as the amazing musicians of your Portland Symphony Orchestra bring music, instrument demonstrations, and more from their homes to… Read More

Music Director Eckart Preu announced the upcoming season at the Romantic Tchaikovsky program on Sunday, January 19 and Tuesday, January 21. See each program for the PSO’s 96th season below or click here to download the full brochure. Benefits of being a subscriber: SAVINGS Save up to 20% off of single ticket prices! Subscribing automatically saves… Read More

Rachel Carson (1907 –1964), the American marine biologist, environmentalist and author, built a cottage on Southport Island, Maine in 1953. She spent countless summer hours exploring tidal pools, the evolving shoreline, the woods, plants and animals at all hours of the day and night, the ever changing patterns of life – all touched by the… Read More

Florence Price Dances in the Canebrakes Florence Price was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1887 and died in Chicago, Illinois in 1953. She completed her work Dances in the Canebrakes in 1953, and it was later orchestrated by William Grant Still. The score calls for 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons,… Read More

Daniel Sonenberg First Light – A Fanfare for Maine I was quite honored when the Portland Symphony Orchestra commissioned me, a transplanted New Yorker (but one who has now lived almost a third of his life in Maine) to compose a fanfare celebrating the state’s 200th birthday. In contemplating how to approach the piece, I… Read More

Jean Sibelius Finlandia, Op. 26 Jean Sibelius was born in Tavestehus, Finland in 1865 and died in Järvenpää in 1957. He composed Finlandia in 1899 and led the first performance at a benefit concert for the Press Pension Fund at the Swedish Theater in Helsinki the same year. Finlandia is scored for 2 flutes, 2… Read More

Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in D Major, Op. 61             Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770 and died in Vienna in 1827. He composed this concerto in 1806, and it was performed the same year in Vienna with Franz Clement as soloist. The score calls for solo violin,… Read More

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