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Sunday, February 25, 2024   This program is as much spectacle as concert. The sheer complication of arranging the panoply of percussion instruments required by Corigliano’s Conjurer requires hours of planning, and skillful execution by stage workers. And that’s only the beginning! Canadian conductor Marco Parisotto, appearing for the first time with the PSO, brings a… Read More

Leonard Bernstein  Overture to Candide   Leonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1918 and died in New York City in 1990. He composed his operetta Candide in 1955-56 and the first performance took place in New York in 1956 under the direction of Samuel Krachmalnick. Bernstein revised the work in 1988. The first… Read More

Sunday, January 28, 2024 Tuesday, January 30, 2024 For these concerts, PSO Music Director Eckart Preu has chosen an especially wide range of music, anchored by Ludwig van Beethoven’s instantly recognizable and sublime Symphony Number 5. Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas makes her PSO début with Never Give Up, a concerto written for her in 2017… Read More

Mykola Lysenko  Overture to Taras Bulba     Mykola Lysenko was born in 1842 in Hrynky, Poltava Governorate, now Ukraine, and died in 1912 in Kyiv, Russian Empire. Taras Bulba remained unperformed at the composer’s death and was first heard in 1924 in Kharkiv. The overture is scored for 3 flutes and piccolo, 3 oboes… Read More

Juan Pablo Contreras  Mariachitlán    Juan Pablo Contreras (b. 1987, Guadalajara, Mexico) is a Latin GRAMMY®-nominated composer who combines Western classical and Mexican folk music in a single soundscape. His works have been performed by 40 major orchestras in the United States, Mexico, Austria, Slovakia, Colombia, Spain, Argentina, and Venezuela. He is the winner of… Read More

Sunday, November 12, 2023    Guest conductor Tito Muñoz last conducted the PSO in June 2022, filling in at the last minute for an ailing Eckart Preu at Seaside Pavilion in Old Orchard Beach. For tonight’s program, he has chosen three works with the flavor of the year’s seasons, above and below the equator. The… Read More

George Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A major, Op. 11    George Enescu (known also as Georges Enesco) was born in 1881 in Liveni, Romania, and died in Paris in 1955. He composed this work in 1901, and led the first performance in Bucharest in 1903. The score calls for 3 flutes, piccolo, 3… Read More

Tuesday, October 12, 2023    This program could just as well be titled “National Fervor.” Musical Director Eckart Preu leads three works with immediately obvious national characteristics. Two are from countries that were part of larger empires when these pieces were written; only Romania was independent. Enescu summons a vast range of orchestral color to… Read More

George Gershwin  An American in Paris     George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1898 and died in Hollywood in 1937. He composed An American in Paris in 1928, and it was first performed later that year by the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Walter Damrosch. The score calls for… Read More

Saturday, September 30, 2023  Sunday, October 1, 2023    PSO Music Director Eckart Preu is joined by the singers of Portland’s ChoralArt for a program of music that paints vivid pictures. Visual artists from the Maine College of Art and Design have created new work inspired by Mussorgsky’s great 1874 solo piano work Pictures at… Read More

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This year’s Youth Concert will feature a performance of Carnival of the Animals: Remix, an engaging and reimagined version of Saint-Saëns’ famous work. Featuring local artists including a rapper, a Native American flute player, and an erhu player, this interactive daytime performance is perfect for all elementary students (K-4).

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