Moody wants to forget genre barriers with Portland Symphony programs

Posted on: September 29, 2010

In Sunday’s (9/26) Portland Press Herald (Maine), Bob Keyes writes, “In looking ahead, Robert Moody finds himself looking back to a moment—a series of moments over the course of several days—that occurred this past spring when mandolin player Chris Thile showed up in Portland for a pair of concerts. ‘My thinking about programming got a major boost of energy and perspective with Chris Thile,’ Moody said, reflecting on the orchestra’s season ahead. ‘I really became a huge fan of his, and got to know him very well. We had lengthy conversations about music and live music and live orchestral music, and the fact that no great musician of any ilk cares about labels. That is a Chris Thile quote, and he is exactly right.’ … The orchestra’s 2010-11 concert season begins a week from today at Merrill Auditorium, when bass player Edgar Meyer joins the PSO for his own bluegrass-inspired Concerto No. 1 and Bottesini’s Concerto No. 2. The program also includes a passionate piece of music in ‘Don Juan’ by Richard Strauss, and Tchaikovsky’s melodic and emotional Symphony No. 4. … In microcosm, the opening program represents Moody’s musical sensibilities.”

Posted September 29, 2010