About the Portland Symphony Orchestra
Entering its eighty-seventh season, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is among the most recognized and accessible performing arts organizations in the region. Under the artistic leadership of Music Director Robert Moody, the PSO engages audiences from ages four to 104 in the highest standards of live orchestral music and education programs.
For the 2011-2012 season, the PSO performs nine Classical programs, four pairs of Pops concerts, and eleven Magic of Christmas performances, all in Portland’s historic Merrill Auditorium. Highlights include masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Mahler; performances with the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club; and a magnificent celebration of the Kotzschmar Organ in its centennial year.
The PSO takes pride in playing a valuable role in music education throughout northern New England. Annually, six thousand students, ages eight to twelve, attend PSO Youth Concerts and 15,000 children, ages three to seven, attend traveling PSO ensemble KinderKonzerts around the region. These students are accompanied by teachers and parent chaperones who also learn from the program and bring music education back to their classrooms or homes.
The PSO’s Education and Community Engagement programs move beyond the stage through Online Insights, Artist Workshops, and Community Connections initiatives. These include free Open Dress Rehearsals for high school and college students, as well as the popular pre-Concert Conversations and PostConcert Q&A’s.
Visit portlandsymphony.org for programs and artists featured in the 2011-2012 season.
Portland Symphony Orchestra 2011-2012 Season
Robert Moody, Music Director, Lisa M. Dixon, Executive Director
Sunday, October 2, 2:30 p.m. and October 4, 7:30 p.m. Awadagin Pratt, piano. Torke’s Bright Blue Music; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 5, Emperor; Brahms’ Symphony no. 4 in E minor.
Sunday, October 23, 2:30 p.m. Laurie Kennedy, viola. Barber’s Essay no. 1; Bloch, Suite Hébraïque; Schubert, Symphony no. 9 (“The Great”).
Tuesday, November 1, 7:30 p.m. Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano. Bates’ Rusty Air in Carolinal; Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915; Mahler’s Symphony no. 4.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Christopher Warren Green, guest conductor. Steven Moeckel, violin. Sibelius’ Karelia Suite; Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor; Dvorzák’s Symphony no. 7 in D minor.
Sunday, January 29, 2012, 2:30 p.m. Dmitry Sitkovetsky, guest conductor and violin. Rossini’s Overture to Barber of Seville; Corigliano’s Suite from The Red Violin; Mendelssohn’s Symphony no. 4 (“Italian”).
Tuesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m. Henry Kramer, piano. Members of Portland Stage. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy; Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 21 in C major; Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet.
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. Robert Moody, Robert Russell, conductors. Jessica Cates, soprano. Masterworks Chorus of the Choral Arts Society. Brahms’ Schicksalslied (“Song of Destiny”); Poulenc’s Gloria; Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
Sunday, April 15, 2:30 p.m. Bruckner’s Three Pieces for Orchestra; Golijov’s Sidereus (PSO co commission, Maine premiere); Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Beethoven’s Symphony no. 4 in B-flat Major.
Sunday, May 6 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 8 7:30 p.m. Ray Cornils, organ. Danielpour’s Toward the Splendid City; Saint-Saëns’ Symphony no. 3 in C minor (“Organ”; last performed in November 2004).
Remainder of program to be announced.
October 8 – 9. U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club. Dr. Aaron Smith, director
November 19 – 20. Greatest Hits of Broadway. Nat Chandler and Teri Dale Hansen, vocalists.
February 25 – 26, 2012. A Benny Goodman Tribute. Dave Bennett, clarinet.
April 28 – 29. One Vision: Music of Queen. Michael Shotton, vocalist. USM Chamber Choir.
Magic of Christmas
December 9 – 18. Robert Moody strikes up the biggest band in town for Maine’s greatest holiday extravanganza.