At Maine’s Portland Symphony, Beethoven cycle continues, plus community collaborations

Posted on: October 8, 2015

“Robert Moody and the Portland Symphony Orchestra begin another season together on Sunday with grand intentions,” writes Bob Keyes in Thursday’s (10/8) Portland Press Herald (Maine). “Moody, the orchestra’s music director and conductor, chose music by Dvorák, Beethoven and Berlioz.… The centerpiece is Beethoven’s first symphony. Over three seasons, the orchestra will play all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies, and this is the beginning of year two of the Beethoven cycle. Moody didn’t want to program the Beethoven symphonies in order. Last year, he chose Nos. 3, 6 and 7 because they represented Beethoven at his mature self.… Plus, he joked—sort of—that he took a cue from Star Wars and decided to start telling the Beethoven story in the middle, then jump around chronologically.… This season marks the first for Carolyn Nishon as executive director.… This season is notable for the orchestra’s collaborations with community organizations, she said. The opening concert includes three guest choruses, and the second … will feature dancers from Portland Ballet and costumes designed and made by students in Maine College of Art’s department of textile, fashion and design. ‘We’re always open to community collaboration,’ Nishon said.… ‘The more arts organizations can work together, the stronger we are for the city and for the state.’ ”

Posted October 8, 2015

Pictured: Robert Moody and the Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium