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The Portland Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of a piece commissioned by the orchestra and titled The Telling Rooms, written by Michael-Thomas Foumai, on Sunday, January 27 at 2 p.m. The concert will be repeated on Tuesday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m.    Foumai is a leading contemporary composer known for composing works inspired by film, art, literature, poetry… Read More

The Happiest Color       The Happiest Color  Aubrey Duplissie    It was the jacket  That defended the boy  From cascading rain, while  Mother observed from foggy windows    It coated the bus  He rode for the first time  While his parents watched,  Hand in hand    It was there on sweltering summer days,  Within… Read More

Dressed In Red       Dressed in Red  Husna Quinn     The tapping of her scarlet  pin heels  fills the family room.  Her radiant red   dress illuminates  the faded gray shapes  of objects surrounding her.  My gaze   from just outside the door  follows her coal black eyes.    Glimpsing at the art  attached to the… Read More

Ink Wash       Ink Wash  Eliza Rudalevige    She knew how every color tasted and blue was her favorite.  Blues like moistly misty mornings,  mosquitos dancing in a haze of left-over campfire and condensation.  Blue settled softly over sloped tents  then fading into husky, grass-fed violet  the same color as lavender fields at dawn … Read More

Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in A minor, BWV 1041 J.S. Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1685 and died in Leipzig in 1750. He likely composed this work between 1717 and 1723, although some scholars think it came a few years later. The circumstances of its first performance are unknown…. Read More

What instruments do you play? Piano, celeste, synthesizer. What is your educational background? Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, Western Washington University; Bachelor of Science Degree in Voice and French, Indiana University When did you start playing for the PSO? And where else do you perform? I started in 1992 as a contracted player. I perform… Read More

What instruments do you play? Harp What is your educational background? New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Boston Conservatory and Bucharest National University of Music When did you start playing for the PSO? And where else do you perform? In 2016. I also perform with the Boston Pops Orchestras, Boston Lyric Opera and various… Read More

Where did you grow up? Albuquerque, New Mexico Where do you currently live? Walpole, Massachusetts What instrument(s) do you play? Percussion Educational background: Boston University – BM performance; New England Conservatory – MM performance; Bridgewater State College – Master Education Personal Information (family, pets, kids, etc.): Married 25 years, 2 girls, one cat, many bicycles How did you get started… Read More

Where did you grow up? Jacksonville, FL Educational background: BM New England Conservatory, Fellowship Tanglewood Music Center, Brevard Music Center, McDonald’s All-American High School Band Began with the PSO: In 1977 Any non-musical hobbies? Golf, sailing, ’68 Vespa scooter, gardening, antiques and the Red Sox! What non-PSO musical activities do you participate in? Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, New Hampshire… Read More

Where did you grow up? Born in New York City; Grew up in Bedford, MA Where do you currently live? Burlington, MA What instrument do you play? Principal timpani Educational background: Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Performance, New England Conservatory; Graduate Studies, New England Conservatory; New England Conservatory Tourjee Alumni Award Winner; New England Conservatory/Toho Gakuen School (Tokyo)… Read More

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