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Monday, March 22, 2010

Portland Symphony Orchestra Unveils 2010-11 Season

Great Works, Familiar and Contemporary Composers, Guest Artists and Collaborations

PORTLAND, Maine The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) continues its 86-year tradition of presenting the best in live orchestral music in Maine with a 2010-11 season focused on programming that is attractive and engaging for audiences of all ages. The PSOs commitment to internationally renowned artists, great composers, familiar works and the classics of the future is evident through Moodys selection of works for the 2010-11 season, which includes two PSO-commissioned premieres, six works by living composers, and collaborations with local organizations including the Choral Art Society, Suzuki Institute of Maine, and the University of Southern Maine, among others.

The season opens with two performances of a Season Opening Celebration on Sunday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 5 with a riveting program of Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and bassist Edgar Meyer performing concertos by Bottesini and of his own composition. The PSO Pops! season is a series of tributes, two to distinctive genres (Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers with Immigrant Soul, The Golden Age of Motown), and two to iconic artists (Simply Sinatra and Elvis Lives!). The season will conclude with two performances of Daphnis and Chlo on Sunday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 3. 

For the 2010-11 subscription season, the Sunday Classical series expands to five concerts, featuring a mix of chamber orchestra and full orchestral works, with two of the programs performed on Tuesdays as well. 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 Magic of Christmas, 11 performances December 10-19). A Classical Complete subscription package includes all six Tuesday concerts plus the three additional Sunday Classical concerts.

Premieres include the commissioned works Travels in Time for Three (PSO co-commission, Maine premiere) and local composer Elliott Schwartzs Diamond Jubilee (PSO commission, world premiere), as well as the Maine premiere of Beatleset by Peter Schickele (also known as his alter ego P.D.Q. Bach). Among the many guest artists joining the PSO for the upcoming season are bassist Edgar Meyer, Celtic fiddle sensation Eileen Ivers, the category-shattering ensemble Time for Three, pianist Andrew von Oeyen, and tenor John McVeigh. Featured orchestral works in the 2010-11 season include Gustav Holsts monumental The Planets, Leonard Bernsteins Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, The Passion According to St. John by J.S. Bach, and the impressionist masterpiece La Mer by Claude Debussy.

Music Director Robert Moody, who recently extended his agreement with the PSO through the 2015-16 season, continues to champion great music and artists while blurring the lines between classical, popular music, the classics of the future and other genres. This season will feature an expansion of ways for audience members to connect with Maestro Moody and the PSOs musicians directly through Concert Conversations, post-performance gatherings and social media. 

Board of Trustees President Gordon Gayer said, With Maestro Moody signed on for another five years, and having regained our financial footing, the PSO is ready to move into new territory.  We will always give great performances of classical works from the repertoire.  But our audiences can also look forward to new programming that is inter-disciplinary and collaborative, and always rewarding.

Moody spoke with excitement of the upcoming season: I am so very proud of the artistic accomplishments we've made in my first two seasons as Music Director.  The 2010-11 season, the orchestra's 86th and my third, contains incredibly exciting programming, tremendous guest artists, celebrations of new music and living composers, and an orchestra playing masterworks at the highest possible level, in addition to the continued surprises we have in store for our audiences.  These will be 'not-to-miss' concerts!

Executive Director Ari Solotoff added, The Portland Symphony continues to explore innovations which improve both the bottom line and artistic quality.  Building an additional Sunday Classical program into the season satisfies the need to be fiscally responsible, while giving Robert and our outstanding musicians additional opportunities to share the music.

The PSOs 2010-11  season is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories and (new sponsor) Wright Express.

Pricing and ticket information is available through portlandsymphony.com or by calling PortTIX at 207-842-0800. Special pricing may be available for subscribers, students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

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The Portland Symphony Orchestra 2010-11  Season at a Glance
Programs and artists subject to change.

Season Opening Celebration
Tuesday Classical: October 3, 2010 at 7:30pm
Sunday Classical: October 5, 2010 at 2:30pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Edgar Meyer, bass
Ģ    Richard Strauss - Don Juan
Ģ    Giovanni Bottesini - Concerto No. 2
Ģ    Edgar Meyer -  Concerto No. 1
Ģ    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky -   Symphony No. 4 Į
Edgar Meyer is a prominent contemporary bassist and composer. His styles include classical, bluegrass, newgrass, and jazz. His collaborators have spanned a wide range of musical styles and talents; among them are Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Bla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Alison Krauss

PSO Pops! Eileen Ivers with Immigrant Soul
Saturday October 9, 2010 7:30 pm
Sunday October 10, 2010 2:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Eileen Ivers, guest artist

Eileen Ivers is a major presence on both the traditional Irish and contemporary world music scenes. The Celtic fiddle sensation joins the PSO for a show thats full of energy and inspiration. Sponsored by LL Bean.

Tuesday Classical The Planets
Tuesday November 9, 2010 7:30 pmĮ
Robert Moody, conductor
USM Chamber Choir
Ģ    John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Ģ    John Williams Suite from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Ģ    Gustav Holst The Planets

PSO Pops! Simply Sinatra
Saturday November 13, 2010 7:30 pm
Sunday November 14, 2010 2:30 pm
Steve Lippia, guest artist

Steve Lippias interpretations of the Sinatra songbook have been acclaimed from coast to coast. This powerful show celebrates the timeless talent of Ol Blue Eyes. Sponsored by Holiday Inn and New England Coffee.

Sunday Classical Time for Three
Sunday November 21, 2010 2:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Time for Three, guest ensemble
Ģ    Paul Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphoses
Ģ    Chris Brubeck Travels in Time for Three (PSO co-commission, Maine premiere)
Ģ    Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own.

Magic of Christmas
December 10-19, 2010
Robert Moody, conductor
Joe Cassidy, guest artist
Portland Community Chorus
Figures of Speech Puppet Theater

The family holiday tradition returns with last years acclaimed rendition of Christmas Carol with the addition of new puppets, and beloved traditions both old and new. Sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets, IDEXX Laboratories, Northeast Delta Dental.

Tuesday Classical From Russia With Love
Tuesday January 25, 2011 7:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano
Ģ    Elliott Schwartz Diamond Jubilee (PSO commission in honor of the composers 75th birthday, world premiere)
Ģ    Sergei Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3
Ģ    Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. von Oeyen has performed to critical acclaim in recital and orchestral appearances around the world.

Sunday Classical Bachs St. John PassionĮ
Sunday January 31, 2011 2:30 pm

Robert Moody, conductor
Choral Art Society, Robert Russell, director
Kendra Smith, soprano; Mezzo-soprano to be announced; John Aler, tenor; Laurence Albert, bass
Ģ       Johann Sebastian Bach Passion According to St. John

One of the most vivid and important works of the Baroque era, this work is extravagant and as dramatic as the most dynamic operas of the period.

PSO Pops! The Golden Age of Motown
Saturday February 12, 2011 7:30 pm
Sunday February 13, 2011 2:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Joy Lynn Matthews, Tituss Burgess, guest vocalists

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Motown record label, this musical celebration is steeped in good old-fashioned soul and rhythm & blues.

Tuesday Classical Preu Conducts Bruckner
Tuesday March 8, 2011 7:30 pm
Eckart Preu, guest conductor
Ģ    Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Ģ    Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 4, Romantic

Eckart Preu is the Music director of the Spokane and Stamford (CT) Symphonies. Born in East Germany, The New York Times has called him a fiery conductor with a kinetic style.

Sunday Classical The Three Bs: Brahms, Britten and The Beatles
Sunday March 20, 2011 2:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
John McVeigh, tenor
Ģ    Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Ģ    Benjamin Britten Nocturne Op. 60
Ģ    Peter Schickele Beatleset
Ģ    Benjamin Britten Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra

A fresh new take on three Bs, composers who have had impact on their eras as Bach Beethoven and Brahms (the original three Bs) did on theirs.

Tuesday Classical Seasons and the Sea
Tuesday April 5, 2011 7:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Corine Brouwer, violin
Ģ    Felix Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Ģ    Astor Piazzola Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Ģ    Claude Debussy La Mer

Corine Brouwer is the concertmistress of Roberts other orchestra, the Winston-Salem Symphony.

PSO Pops! Elvis Lives!
Saturday, April 9, 2011 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 10, 2011 2:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Elvis Wade, guest artist

A tribute to The King of Rock and Roll, Nashvilles Elvis Wade is not just another impersonator, hes as close to the real thing as it gets.

Daphnis and Chlo
Sunday Classical: May 1 2:30 pm
Tuesday Classical: May 3 7:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Janet Polk, bassoon (PSO principal)
Ģ    Richard Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Ģ    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Bassoon Concerto
Ģ    Maurice Ravel Daphnis and Chlo
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