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Opening Night: Visual Sounds

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Sunday, October 1 2023
Merrill Auditorium


George GERSHWIN An American in Paris

Ralph VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS Serenade to Music

Giuseppe VERDI “Va, pensiero” (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco

Giuseppe VERDI “Anvil Chorus” from The Troubadour

Modest MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Maurice Ravel)
Originally for piano; orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, 1922

Artists, programs, and dates are subject to change. 

In collaboration with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Maine College of Art & Design students and faculty have created unique artwork in response to Modest Mussorgsky’s 1874 piano suite, Pictures at an Exhibition. Photos of the art will be projected on a screen above the orchestra during the PSO’s opening concerts on September 30 and October 1.

The original piece has a suite of 10 movements that were composed in response to Viktor Harmann’s paintings, Mussorgsky’s close friend. In this re-imagination, the artists were asked to respond to the movement with their own artwork.

Read the full bios and artists statements of each new original piece here.

This project is partially funded by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Eckart Preu Music Director


Molly Harmon soprano


ChoralArt Masterworks with PSO
ChoralArt Masterworks


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In honor of its 100th anniversary season, the Portland Symphony Orchestra steps beyond Merrill Auditorium and brings the music to you.

This all-new Chamber Music series celebrates the intimate and artistically vibrant nature of small musician led groups as they perform on stages throughout the state of Maine.


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