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PORTLAND, Maine— The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) Tuesday Classical concert on January 24 features three works by two composers who were each deeply inspired by their homelands. The concert features guest conductor Christopher Warren-Green and violinist Steven Moeckel, and will be held at 7:30 PM at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium.

The evening’s program opens with Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ Karelia Suite. Composed in 1893, when Sibelius was just 28 years old, the suite was commissioned by the University of Helsinki in tribute to the history and traditions of Karelia, Finland. The second piece in the evening’s concert is also by Sibelius, his Violin Concerto  featuring Steven Moeckel as the guest soloist. The composer’s passion for the violin is made clear with this work, the only concerto he ever wrote.

The final work on the program is Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7, an emotionally-charged work celebrating the composer’s love of Bohemia, his homeland. This melodic work evokes both rustic spirit and romance.

Conductor Christopher Warren-Green is Music Director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Music Director and Principal Conductor of the London Chamber Orchestra. He recently made his debut with the Detroit Symphony, conducting Handel’s Messiah, and will conduct the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and the Sapporo Symphony orchestras in 2011-12. Warren-Green has a long history of conducting for the royal family of Great Britain, most recently at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Violinist Steven Moeckel’s brilliance, expression, energy and passion have earned him acclaim throughout Europe, South America and the U.S. His notable U.S. appearances include chamber music performances with Leon Fleisher and Menachem Pressler at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and concerto appearances in repertoire ranging from the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Andres Diaz to the dazzling Red Violin Concerto of John Corigliano.

A Concert Conversation will be held at 6:15 PM. The PostConcert Q&A on stage with the artists will be followed by a casual gathering at the nearby restaurant Grace. This concert will be broadcast on MPBN’s Maine Stage at 8 PM on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.

Tickets are available through PortTIX.com, 207-842-0800 or at the box office at 20 Myrtle St.; box office hours are noon – 6 PM Monday through Saturday. Single ticket prices range from $20 to $70 with special pricing available for students, seniors and subscribers. All ticket prices include a $2 Merrill Restoration fee, and phone and internet orders are subject to a $6-per-ticket PortTIX handling fee.

The 2011-2012 PSO season is sponsored by IDEXX Labs and Wright Express. For complete season information, including artist biographies, program notes and Online Insights, provided with support from Digital Enrichment Sponsor Fairpoint Communications, 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.

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