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January 2019

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

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