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Carolyn_Nishon_headshot_smallPORTLAND, ME – Following a nation-wide search, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has unanimously selected Carolyn Nishon, previously the PSO’s general manager, as the new executive director. In this new role she will provide leadership and vision to fulfil the orchestra’s mission and achieve its goals for artistic excellence, financial stability and community engagement.

Nishon replaces outgoing Executive Director Lisa Dixon French, who has been with the PSO since 2010.

Nishon joined the PSO in 2008, and has served as its artistic administrator and orchestra manager, director of artistic operations, interim executive director and general manager. While at the PSO, she has led the organization through two successful contract negotiations, coordinated processes for the hiring of an assistant conductor, education and community engagement manager, and other key positions. In partnership with the PSO management team, board members and community stakeholders, Nishon helped to develop the PSO strategic plan. In addition, she has managed $2M of the organization’s operating budget, leading to seven consecutive seasons operating in the black and has overseen the operations of seven seasons of concert production.

Previously, she completed the League of American Orchestra’s Orchestra Management Fellow program, a year-long program, during which she worked at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the North Carolina Symphony, the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She was also one of forty-eight non-profit leaders selected for the American Express Non-profit Leadership Academy, which helped to develop the personal, business and leadership skills necessary to run a non-profit business. In addition, Nishon was one of thirty-five Maine leaders selected for the Lift 360 Program and was trained in facilitation for collaborative results, visioning for inspiration and direction, relationship building and stakeholder analysis. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of Lift 360 and is a member of the steering committee for Creative Portland’s 2 Degrees Portland initiative. Nishon is a resident of Portland.

She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she served as Publicity Director and Executive Director for the University of Michigan Pops Orchestra.

“We are genuinely pleased to announce that Carolyn Nishon will be taking on this role for the Portland Symphony Orchestra,” said Board President Harper Lee Collins. “Her in-depth knowledge of the PSO and her experience, combined with her passion for music and for the community, made it clear that she was the ideal candidate. We are looking forward to working with her in the years to come.”

“Carolyn Nishon is one of the truly indispensable administrative persons in our business,” said PSO Music Director Robert Moody “I can think of no one better able to carry on the continued great leadership of this organization than Carolyn. I am immensely happy for her, for me, and for the PSO.”

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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PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is pleased to announce that John Elliott has been hired as Director of Education and Community Engagement.

In this position, Elliott will create and oversee programs to encourage children and youth to engage with symphonic music. Activities include in-school programs, concerts, and workshops; family and adult education programs; and community engagement initiatives.

A native of New Hampshire, Elliott is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelors in Music. His experience as a professional musician includes working as Principal Tubist with the South Bend and Honolulu Symphonies as well as performing with a long list of American orchestras including the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics, the Syracuse Symphony and the Boston Symphony and Pops. He has also worked to bring the power of music to a larger community through his work with Austin Soundwaves, an Austin-based youth orchestra program serving low income, at-risk children and was the founder of Austin’s first city-wide instrument drive, Fall Into Music. As a volunteer, John has served on the Board of Directors for the Round Rock Symphony in Round Rock, Texas for two years, first as a board member and for one year as President. Elliott most recently worked with Entrepreneurs Foundation in Texas, where he assisted in the launch of Lemonade Day Austin, a program that teaches children how to start their own business through operating a lemonade stand. He played an integral role in establishing and maintaining community partnerships and exceeded program enrollment goals. Prior to that he served as Communications Manager for Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts.

“We love this community and are fortunate to have a variety of programs in place that let us engage with our neighbors in a number of ways,” noted PSO Executive Director Lisa Dixon. “We’re excited to have John on our team and look forward to the positive impact he’ll have on the way we connect with our community.”

For more information on PSO’s community and education programs, visit portlandsymphony.org.

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 http://www.portlandsymphony.org/.

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PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will open its 90th season with the Organ & Choral Spectacular, held on Tuesday, September 30, 7:30 p.m., at Merrill Auditorium. The concert, conducted by Maestro Robert Moody, will feature guest pianist and Maine native Henry Kramer, Ray Cornils on the Kotzschmar organ, and the Choral Art Society.

The concert opens with Shostakovich’s “Festive” Overture before moving into Dvorak’s Humoresque, a delightful piece performed at the first PSO concert 90 years ago, when the PSO was called the “Amateur Strand Symphony Orchestra.”

Composed as the finale to a long night of music, Beethoven’s “Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra” follows, and the evening concludes with Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass – a piece written by an atheist to celebrate his Slavonic culture which surprisingly highlights some of the traditional elements of a Catholic mass.

A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, pianist Henry Kramer returns to the Portland Symphony Orchestra for the 90th season opener. Currently pursuing doctoral studies at Yale School of Music, Kramer previously completed his Artist Diploma there and earned a Bachelor of Music from the Julliard School. Kramer has appeared as a soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic and Orchestre Metropolitain du Montreal and has been featured in performances at Lincoln Center, Ravinia Festival, and the La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest.

Ray Cornils, Portland’s Municipal Organist, has extensive experience as a musical instructor; he serves on the faculty at University of Southern Maine and Bowdoin College. He has performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia’s famed Wanamaker Organ. This PSO concert marks the first occasion for an audience to hear the refurbished Kotzschmar Organ with the full orchestra.

The Choral Art Society has performed major choral works with the Portland Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years. All singers are skilled amateurs, selected by audition. Robert Russell, professor of music at the University of Southern Maine, has been the conductor and artistic director of The Choral Art Society for 34 years.

The concert features vocal soloists Angela Fout Nolle, soprano; Rita Litchfield, alto; Daniel Stein, tenor; Aaron Engebreth, baritone.

For a preview of the pieces featured in this concert, a special playlist is available online at portlandsymphony.org.

Tickets to the PSO concert range from $25 – $75 and are available through PortTIX at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Phone and internet orders are subject to per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Special pricing for students, seniors, and groups may be available. Subscriptions (up to 20% off single ticket prices) and Compose Your Own packages (10% off single ticket prices) are available all season long.

Guest singers’ bios:

A graduate of Juilliard, Angela Fout Nolle, soprano, appears at opera companies around the world in repertoire that spans the Baroque to contemporary. She began her professional career in New York City after training as a young artist with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Aspen Music Festival, and Wolf Trap Opera Company. She has appeared with Vancouver Opera, Minnesota Opera, Atlanta Opera, and many more.

Rita Litchfield, mezzo-soprano, recently recorded the Rachmaninoff Vespers and finished her eighth season singing with the Grammy winning Phoenix Chorale. An advocate of new American art song, she has been an active recitalist with New Music New York. She has made her Avery Fisher and Carnegie Hall debuts, covered roles for New York City Opera, and appeared with Pacific Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Roanoke, and Florida Grand Opera.

Daniel Stein, tenor, whose voice has been described as “ringing” and “warm and flexible,” made his debut at CarnegieHall as soloist for Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Manhattan Concert Productions. He has recently performed with Opera Carolina, Winston-Salem Symphony, Charlotte Symphony,GreensboroSymphony, and Bay Chamber Concerts.

In addition to his 2014 debut at Carnegie Hall, baritone Aaron Engebreth has been featured in solo performances around the world including at Japan’s Kitara Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Le Theatre de la Ville in Paris and Washington’s Kennedy Center. He appears on two Grammy Nominated operatic recordings with the Boston Early Music Festival as well as many others in song repertoire and chamber music to oratorio and opera.

Related Concert Activities:

The PSO will host a Music Lover’s Luncheon on Friday, September 26; Maestro Robert Moody and guest artist Ray Cornils will discuss the season opening concert. The lunch will take place at The Cumberland Club in Portland and begins promptly at noon. It is $25 per person; reservations are required and may be made by contacting Lindsay Stanley at (207) 773 6128 ext. 318 or lstanley@portlandsymphony.org by September 19.

A Concert Conversation will be held in the Rehearsal Hall at Merrill Auditorium on Tuesday, September 30. This is free for all ticket holders and begins an hour and 15 minutes prior to the concert’s 7:30 p.m. start time.

An on-stage PostConcert Q & A with guest artists will follow the concert.

The concert will be broadcast on MPBN on Wednesday, October 15 at 8 p.m.

Guest artist underwriting generously sponsored by Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law.

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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PORTLAND, Maine – As part of the celebrations planned for the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) 90th anniversary season, the PSO will present four free community concerts in July and August. The “Tune-Up Maine Free Chamber Concert Series” is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and features a specially selected ensemble.

The chosen ensemble includes PSO members Yasmin Craig-Vitalius (violin), Kim Lehmann (viola), and Jim Kennedy (cello), and Director of Strings and Orchestral Activities at the USM School of Music and conductor of the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Rob Lehmann (violin).

The “Tune-Up Maine Free Chamber Concert Series”  program includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in c minor, Op. 18, No. 4, Mozart’s String Quartet in F Major, KV168, Three Peruvian Songs by Armando Guevara Ochoa, and concludes with the final movement of Dvorak’s String Quartet, Opus 96 “American.”

PSO Executive Director Lisa Dixon said, “One of the Symphony’s strategic goals is to serve our community by providing high-quality artistic programs that are accessible and enriching. We are grateful to the NEA and the ensemble members for helping us present these free concerts. We hope these performances can help thank Mainers for enabling the Symphony to celebrate its 90th season.”

The decision to perform a piece by Beethoven ties into PSO Music Director Robert Moody’s announcement that the PSO would play all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies over the next three seasons, starting with the 2014-15 season.

The featured “Tune-Up Maine” concerts are:

July 31, 5:00pm: “Alive at Five” series in Monument Square; Portland

August 2, 7:00pm: Messalonskee High School; Oakland

August 14, 7:30pm: The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor; Boothbay Harbor

August 17, 7:00pm: Wells Reserve at Laudholm; Wells

All concerts are free to attend. The concert in Wells on August 17 requires advance registration, bit.ly/TuneUpWells.
Further information about the “Tune-Up Maine” concert series and the PSO’s 2014-15 90th anniversary season can be found online at www.portlandsymphony.org.

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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PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and Reiche Community School has announced a partnership that will expand curriculum in the elementary school’s kindergarten classes with a variety of music-based programs.  The kindergartners will develop their social and academic skills as they learn about music.

“Reiche kindergartners will have the incredible opportunity to interact with some of the area’s finest musicians,” said Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk.  “This pilot program will support students’ success in mathematics, literacy and many other academic areas.

The PSO and Reiche staff will work together to develop a customized program based on the needs of Reiche’s kindergarteners. Music will be integrated into students’ everyday school experience through singing, instrument experimentation, and interpretation of classic pieces.

The program, which will begin next fall, will teach students about listening, following directions, solving problems, communicating and respecting others. They also will learn about the alphabet, numbers, patterns and other skills that will help them in their academic life.

Lisa Dixon, Executive Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, said, “After careful thought and extensive research about how the PSO could best fulfill its mission to bring music directly into the community, we determined this partnership would be the ideal starting ground. We are extremely excited to begin this collaborative venture and look forward to seeing the full implementation in the next school year.”

Dixon added, “Reiche was ideally suited for this pilot program. The school is well known for its integrated learning methods, flexible approach to curriculum design and diverse student body. We believe that these characteristics will contribute to a highly successful integrated curriculum. We can’t wait to see the musicians in the classrooms, working with the kids.”

PSO will assume all monetary expenses for this partnership. The program is partly underwritten by UNUM and a grant from a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

PSO also partners with the Portland Public Schools on the Culture Club by providing every student in the district the opportunity to attend one PSO concert each year. In addition, the PSO brings orchestral music to younger audiences through regular KinderKonzerts, Youth Concerts, Discovery Concerts, and other educational programs.

For more information about the PSO partnership with Reiche, contact Rose Kue, the PSO’s Director of Education, at 207-773-6128 ext. 308 or rkue@portlandsymphony.org.

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Examples of Potential Programs at Reiche

Rhythm Games: Percussion instruments are used to teach basic numbers and counting concepts using rhythm.

Music in the Morning: Every day begins with symphonic music listening to encourage a calm start to instruction.

KinderKonzert – Storytelling through Music: 30-minute woodwind concert with narrator telling stories about animals from “Aesop’s Fables.”

Instrument Families: Musicians bring instruments into the classroom and explain the family sections.

Kindergarten Choir: All students learn similar songs to sing together.

The Four Seasons: A string ensemble enacts the four weather seasons using Vivaldi’s masterpiece.

Kodaly Method: Use a variety of movements, such as walking, running, marching, and clapping, while listening to music.

Dalcroze Eurythmics: Students interpret what they hear through music, connecting music, movement, mind, and body.

These programs will assist in building the following skills:

Personal and Social Development: Self-control; self-concept; social competence

Approaches to Learning: Initiative and curiosity; persistence and reflection

Early Language and Literacy: Communicating and listening; book knowledge and appreciation; comprehension; sounds in spoken language; print concepts; alphabet knowledge; early writing

Health and Physical Education: Healthy habits; gross and fine motor skills

Mathematics: Numbers and number sense; shape and size; mathematical decision-making; patterns

Science: Scientific knowledge; scientific process

Social Studies: Families and communities

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PORTLAND, Maine –Portland Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Moody announced yesterday that Norman Huynh (pronounced “When”) has been named Assistant Conductor and Community Liaison for the PSO.  Huynh is the first to hold this newly-created position.  He will conduct on various concerts cycles for the symphony, most notably on “Discovery,” “Pops,” and Education/Outreach concerts, and will provide leadership for the PSO in broadening community involvement and engagement.

Chosen from a field of nearly ninety applicants, Huynh will be an advocate for educational and community engagement vision and initiatives, specifically assisting the Music Director in planning, programming, and executing the Discovery and Youth Concerts, and offering creative input for Discovery Concert activities and PSO education program development. In addition, he will participate in the planning of PSO community events including the PSO Music Lovers’ Luncheons and Conductor’s Circle Onstage Events.

“I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to have Norman join our team,” said Music Director Robert Moody.  “We were looking for a person with energy, expertise, and potential for just the right chemistry with both the orchestra and community, and we found him!  I think that in no time at all, Norman will become an invaluable asset for the arts in Portland.”

PSO Executive Director Lisa Dixon said, “It is fitting that we share this news first with the attendees of our Discovery Concert because this is exactly the kind of program that he will be involved in going forward. The Discovery Concerts were generated from our desire to connect more with the community and provide affordable access to symphony performances. We look forward to continuing to work to fulfill that part of our mission with Norman’s help.”

Prior to joining PSO, Huynh was a cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra where he had the opportunity to work with renowned conductors Marin Alsop, Juanjo Mena, Vasily Petrenko, and Christoph König. He co-founded the Occasional Symphony in Baltimore to expose orchestral music to the community by performing in non-traditional venues across the city.

A native of Alabama, Huynh earned his bachelors degree from the University of Alabama, where he was a euphonium player and member of the Alabama marching “Million Dollar Band.” He completed his master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he was the assistant conductor for the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Concert Orchestra, Peabody Singers, and the Peabody-Hopkins Chorus.

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.

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PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) presents the second in its yearlong series of KinderKonzerts; this group is focused on an introduction to the Strings instruments. “Four Seasons” begins Thursday, January 31 at Crooker Theater, Brunswick HS. Eleven additional performances will take place through early March at various locations.

Inspired by and incorporating Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” the KinderKonzert will explore the sounds of weather – plucking violin strings sounds like gentle rain while the deep sounds of the double bass may conjure up a thunderstorm. The PSO String quintet will demonstrate how different kinds of weather can be recreated in music.

KinderKonzerts are designed to introduce children to live symphonic music through fun and interactive programs with PSO musicians. The series allows children to explore the different families of orchestral instruments, including brass, strings, woodwinds and percussion.

The concerts are 35-40 minutes in length and geared toward children ages 3-7. Tickets are priced at $4 per person.

For concerts held in Brunswick, Lewiston, Portland, and Saco, register online. For concerts held in other communities please contact the designated reservation coordinator for individual sites online. If you have any questions, please call (207) 773-6128 ext. 308 or email education@portlandsymphony.org.

Additional KinderKonzerts for the 2012-2013 season include Woodwinds: Carnival of the Animals and Percussion: Goin’ to the Zoo.

The KinderKonzert series is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories, Delta Dental, Elizabeth Ann Leach Foundation and education sponsors Macy’s and the Simmons Foundation.

The PSO’s 2012-13 season is sponsored by Wright Express. For complete season information, including artist biographies; program notes; and Online Insights visit www.portlandsymphony.org.

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.

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KinderKonzert Four Seasons Schedule:

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Crooker Theater, Brunswick HS

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM
East End Community School, Portland

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM
Reiche School, Portland

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM
Olin Arts Center, Bates College, Lewiston

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Dyer Library, Saco

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PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) celebrates Mozart’s 256th birthday with a special one-time concert: Happy Birthday Mozart! on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium.

The Mozart birthday celebration, led by conductor Robert Moody, will feature Serge Prokofiev’s lighthearted homage to the Classical era and PSO concertmaster and violinist Charles Dimmick in the soloist spotlight. The Happy Birthday Mozart! concert highlights the consummate craftsmanship of one of Mozart’s final symphonies. Featured selections include Prokofiev Symphony No. 1, “Classical,” Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 and Mozart Symphony No. 39.

Guests are invited to join artists for the Concert Conversation an hour and 15 minutes before the concert and a post concert Q&A directly following the performance. To preview concert extras, visit www.portlandsymphony.org.

In anticipation for the show, PSO is hosting a Music Lovers’ Luncheon on Friday, January 25th at 12:00 pm. PSO Concertmaster Charles Dimmick and Flautist Rachel Braude will discuss the upcoming “Happy Birthday Mozart!” concert and talk about their lives as PSO musicians. Lunch is $20 for Cumberland Club members and $25 for non-members. Reservations are required in advance. To register please contact Lindsay Stanley at (207) 773 6128 ext. 318 or lstanley@portlandsymphony.org

Tickets for the concert range from $26-$64 and are available through PortTIX at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Phone and internet orders are subject to per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Special pricing for students, seniors, and groups may be available. Subscriptions (up to 20% off single ticket prices) and Compose Your Own packages (10% off single ticket prices) are available all season long.

The PSO’s 2012-13 season is sponsored by Wright Express. For complete season information, including artist biographies; program notes, and Online Insights visit www.portlandsymphony.org.

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.

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PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s 84th season opens with two performances featuring music of three centuries on Sunday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Music Director Robert Moody conducts the rousing opener featuring music from Mason Bates, Tchaikovsky and Aaron Copland, with guest pianist Andrew Russo.

The concert opens with Mothership by Mason Bates, a piece that was recently commissioned by the YouTube Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas and has received almost 1.8 million views to date. Following Mothership is a performance of Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Romantic Era piece, Piano Concerto No. 1.  Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3 concludes the program with the famous “Fanfare for the Common Man” theme. For more information on these pieces, including audio clips and performance extras, visit portlandsymphony.org.

The PSO welcomes pianist Andrew Russo to the stage for his rendition of Tchaikovsky’s classic concerto. The Syracuse, New York native has performed all over the world as a representative pianist for American composers, and is an active member of the non-profit organization of his own creation, Music Journeys Inc., which supports musical education in his hometown public school district. He comes to Merrill Auditorium with more than ten commercial recordings and a 2007 Grammy nomination under his belt.

Both performances are preceded by a Concert Conversation in the Rehearsal Hall at Merrill Auditorium with Robert Moody and Andrew Russo an hour and 15 minutes prior to the concert’s starting time, and are followed by a PostConcert Q&A on stage with Robert Moody and Andrew Russo.

Tickets range from $26-$64 and are available through PortTIX at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Phone and internet orders are subject to per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Special pricing for students, seniors, and groups may be available. Subscriptions (up to 20% off single ticket prices) and Compose Your Own packages (10% off single ticket prices) are available all season long.

The PSO’s 2012-13 season is sponsored by Wright Express. For complete season information, including artist biographies; program notes; and Online Insights visit www.portlandsymphony.org.

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PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) 2012-13 season focuses on a wide-ranging variety of great works from classical and contemporary genres, featuring orchestral masterworks, guest artists from far and near (including a pianist from Brunswick), as well as collaboration with local performing arts organization, the Choral Art Society.

The Tuesday and Sunday Classical concerts showcase some of the best in classical works with cornerstones of orchestral literature like Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39. The season will conclude with a tribute to Mahler and a performance of his intense Symphony No. 5.

The PSO Pops! season includes a new show from Music Director Robert Moody inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème, a program highlighting American music of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s, a concert featuring great film music, and a salute to the pop music of the 1980’s.

Guest artists gracing the stage for the 2012-13 season are pianists Andrew Russo, Martin Perry (based in Brunswick, Maine), jazz vocalist Banu Gibson and the New Orleans Hot Jazz band, violinist Andrea Segar,cellists Joel Noyes and Brian Thornton, and hornist Jeff Nelsen. Also added to the bill are three prominent guest conductors, Carl Topilow, Donald Neuen and Timothy Myers.

Music Director Robert Moody spoke with enthusiasm about the upcoming season, saying, “From the opening concert featuring the stirring chords of the “Fanfare for the Common Man,” and my good friend Mason Bates’ piece Mothership, to the closing concert featuring one of the most moving and powerful symphonies in the repertory, Mahler’s 5th, this season in particular reaches a really interesting range of works that I’m excited to share with our audience.” Moody added, “Also, on a personal note, I’m honored to have so many connections to artists from our own community. There is a lot of impressive talent in and from Maine, and we really celebrate that this season.”

For the 2012-13 subscription season, the Sunday Classical comprises five concerts and the Tuesday Classical series comprises six concerts, while PSO Pops! has two performances each of four programs, for a season total of 19 performances of 13 programs (not including 11 performances and one preview performance of Magic of Christmas). A Classical Complete subscription package includes all six Tuesday concerts plus the three additional Sunday Classical concerts. All Classical concerts are preceded by Concert Conversations and conclude with a Post-Concert Q&A with the artists.

Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale, details are available through PortlandSymphony.org or by calling PortTIX at 207-842-0800.

 

The Portland Symphony Orchestra 2012-13 Season at a Glance
Programs and artists subject to change.


Season Opening Celebration
Sunday and Tuesday Classical
Fanfare for a New Season
Sunday, October 7, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Robert Moody, conductor
Andrew Russo, piano

  • Mason Bates – Mothership
  • P.I. Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1                                   
  • Aaron Copland –  Symphony No. 3                                   

PSO starts off the season with three centuries of great music and three works defined by both bold virtuosity and exquisite tenderness. Tchaikovsky’s first Piano Concerto is one of the most beloved showpiece works of the Romantic Era, and Copland’s Symphony No. 3 culminates in the famous “Fanfare for the Common Man” theme.

PSO Pops! La Vie Bohème
Saturday,
October 13, 2012 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Robert Moody, conductor
Operatic Soprano, Jessica Cates
Operatic Tenor, George DeMott
Broadway Soprano, Mia Gentile
Broadway Tenor, Mike Eldred

Music Director Robert Moody presents his brand-new show, featuring music from Puccini’s opera “La Bohème,” its subsequent contemporary Broadway counterpart “Rent” and the film Moulin Rouge.

Tuesday Classical
Cello-bration!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Robert Moody, conductor
Joel Noyes and Brian Thornton, cello

  • Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto for Two Cellos                                                                       
  • David Ott – Concerto for Two Cellos                                               
  • Gioachino Rossini – William Tell Overture
  • Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 1

Each piece in the program showcases the deep, rich tones of this fascinating instrument. The pleasant ensembles are both parts playful and evocative – a must see for all cello lovers. Joel Noyes is the Assistant Principal at the Metropolitan Opera and son of two PSO musicians, Richard (cello) and Clorinda (violin) Noyes. Brian Thornton is a long-time member of the Cleveland Orchestra. 

PSO Pops! Swingin’ the American Songbook
Saturday, November 3, 2012 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 4, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Guest Conductor to be announced
Banu Gibson, vocalist
Jason Rogers, tap dancer                       

Banu Gibson and the New Orleans Hot Jazz band take center stage in this tribute to the sounds of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Tap your toes to the musical stylings of classic American artists such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Harry Warren and Hoagy Carmichael.

Sunday Classical
Strauss and Stravinsky
Sunday, November 18, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Timothy Myers, guest conductor
Jeff Nelsen, horn

  • C.M. von Weber – Euryanthe Overture
  • Claude Debussy – Printemps
  • Richard Strauss – Horn Concerto No. 1
  • Igor Stravinsky – The Firebird: Suite (1945)

The PSO welcomes guest conductor Timothy Myers, a young dynamo in American opera, and longtime hornist Jeff Nelsen of the Canadian Brass for this vibrant ensemble dedicated to two outstanding composers.


Magic of Christmas
Friday, December 14, 2012 | 2:00 PM (preview) | 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 15, 2012 | 2:00 PM | 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 16, 2012 | 1:00 PM | 5:00 PM
Friday, December 21, 2012 | 2:00 PM | 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 22, 2012 | 2:00 PM | 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 23, 2012 | 1:00 PM | 5:00 PM
Robert Moody, conductor
Lyn Dillies, illusionist
Magic of Christmas Chorus
Windham Chamber Singers

Robert Moody strikes up the biggest band in town for Maine’s greatest holiday extravaganza. The PSO’s Magic of Christmas is an unforgettable performance filled with heartwarming traditions, the story of the season and the spirit of the holidays.

Sunday Classical
Happy Birthday, Mozart!

Sunday, January 27, 2013 | 2:30 PM
Robert Moody, conductor
Charles Dimmick, violin

  • Serge Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1, “Classical”
  • W.A. Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 3
  • W.A. Mozart – Symphony No. 39           

Celebrate Mozart’s 256th birthday with PSO as it pays homage to one man’s craftsmanship and impact on the classical era.

Tuesday Classical
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Robert Moody, conductor
Andrea Segar, violin

  • Ludwig Van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5
  • Béla Bartók – The Miraculous Mandarin Suite
  • Chen Gang & He Zhanhao – Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto

Tour the world with this program of East-meets-West classical music. With his fifth symphony, Beethoven created one of the most simplistic yet innovative musical works in history. Featuring an extraordinary violin solo by Andrea Segar, the Butterfly Lovers concerto is among the best-known works of Chinese music.

PSO Pops! A Night at the Movies
Saturday,
February 23, 2013 7:30 PM
Sunday February 24, 2013 2:30 PM

Carl Topilow, guest conductor

Just in time for the Oscars, guest conductor Carl Topilow, the “clarinet-toting conductor,” takes lead in this captivating program featuring music from The Wizard of Oz, Pirates of the Caribbean, and many other famous films.

Tuesday Classical
Haydn’s Creation
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Donald Neuen, guest conductor
Lisa Saffer, soprano
Mary Gayle-Green, mezzo-soprano
John McVeigh, tenor
Lawrence Albert, bass
Masterworks Chorus of The Choral Art Society

  • Franz Joseph Haydn – The Creation

This acclaimed piece of choral writing, featuring a group of talented vocalists from The Choral Art Society in Portland, leads listeners through the perils of chaos and darkness to the divine creation of an earthly paradise, the Garden of Eden.

Tuesday Classical
Enigma Variations
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Robert Moody, conductor
Martin Perry, piano

  • Alan Hovhaness – Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain”
  • Samuel Barber – Piano Concerto
  • Edward Elgar – “Enigma” Variation

“Mysterious Mountain” is the best-known work of Armenian-American Hovhaness: exquisite, prayerful, and serene. Brunswick-based pianist Martin Perry joins the PSO in Barber’s exuberant Piano Concerto, and the program concludes with Elgar’s intriguing musical tribute “to friends pictured within.”

Sunday Classical
Mathis der Maler
Sunday, April 14, 2013 | 2:30 PM

Robert Moody, conductor
Benjamin Robinette, saxophone

  • G.F. Handel – Concerto a due cori No. 1
  • Henri Tomasi – Concerto for Saxophone
  • Paul Hindemith – Mathis der Maler

This eclectic ensemble features something for every classical music lover. Each piece reflects a different musical spirit, from the title traditional German folksong, to an awe-inspiring Alleluia.

PSO Pops! Totally Awesome ‘80s
Saturday, April 27, 2013 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 28, 2013 | 2:30 PM

Robert Moody, conductor

Indulge in some “totally awesome” nostalgia as the PSO salutes all things 80’s. From MTV to Madonna, from Cyndi Lauper to Pac Man, take a walk down memory lane with some of the decade’s most memorable hits.

Sunday and Tuesday Classical
Mahler’s Fifth Symphony
Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 2:30 PM
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Robert Moody, conductor

  • Bach arr. Schoenberg – Prelude and Fugue on “St. Anne”
  • Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 5

From the opening funereal trumpet solo to the frequently performed Adagietto, the fourth movement featuring harps and strings, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 is considered to be Mahler’s most complex and has been called a transformative experience and breathtaking.

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