Bangor Symphony premieres new Richman work

Posted on: January 30, 2012

In Friday’s (1/27) Bangor Daily News (Maine), Emily Burnham writes, “When Robert and Molly Nagle hear ‘Through the Azure Ether,’ a composition by Maestro Lucas Richman, they will have a special reason for listening with open, excited ears. They’re the couple that bid on and won the opportunity in March of last year to have Richman compose the piece, which will have its world premiere performance by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra at this Sunday’s concert at the Collins Center for the Arts. The Nagles, who live in Brewer and ran Reid Distribution Center in Bangor until their retirement, knew they wanted to bid on the item as part of the BSO’s annual fundraising auction as soon as they heard about it—which, as it happened, was just a few minutes before the unique opportunity went up for auction. They intended to dedicate the composition to their son, Arthur Nagle, who died at age 44 in April 2009 after a three-year battle with testicular cancer. … It’s not the first time Richman has composed for a cause. In 2006, he worked with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee, the other orchestra he conducts, and with Komen Knoxville to compose ‘We Share a Bond,’ a song for breast cancer awareness.”

Posted January 30, 2012