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The Portland Symphony Orchestra presents its final Discovery Concert of the season: Leopold Ocean Explorer

Jul 29 2018

Special guests Victor Yerrid and Jess McKay from Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House

Who: The Portland Symphony Orchestra, led by former Assistant Conductor Norman Huynh

What: The Portland Symphony’s Discovery Concerts are a series of fun, entertaining and educational 50-minute performances designed for families with children ages 5 and up. Leopold, Ocean Explorer is the last of three Discovery Concerts scheduled for the 2017-18 season. Leopold, Ocean Explorer welcomes guest puppetteers Victor Yerrid and Jess McKay. Yerrid is Leopold’s creator and both are renowned puppeteers and actors whose work in children’s television includes Sesame Street, Sid The Science Kid, Hannah Montana, Pajanimals, Bear In The Big Blue House, and Between The Lions.

The popular Instrument Petting Zoowhich offers attendees an opportunity to experience instruments in a hands-on casual setting, begins at 1 p.m.

 Tickets to the concert are $10 each and are available through PortTIX at (207) 842-0800 or porttix.com. Phone and internet orders are subject to per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Merrill Auditorium box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

When: Sunday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Merrill Auditorium, Myrtle St., Portland

The PSO’s 2017-18 Season is funded in part by the Maine Arts Commission; POPS! Series Sponsor – Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram; Official Hotel – Holiday Inn by the Bay; and Education Partner – IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.  The Discovery Series is funded in part by Horizon Foundation, The Crewe Foundation, and the Sam L. Cohen Foundation.  The Discovery Series Instrument Petting Zoo is sponsored by Camden National Bank and WEX Inc. is the Discovery Guest Artist Underwriter.

About the Portland Symphony Orchestra:

Founded in 1923, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is the largest performing arts organization in Maine and is widely regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country. Made up of more than 80 professional musicians, the PSO is renowned for its critically acclaimed performances and broad community engagement. The Symphony’s mission is to serve the community by enriching lives through music. More information can be found at www.portlandsymphony.org.

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