Bangor Symphony: turning 120 with Beethoven, and craft beer

Posted on: November 19, 2015

“At 120 years old, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra looks younger than it has in decades,” writes Emily Burnham in Wednesday’s (11/18) Bangor Daily News (Maine). “It has a robust social media presence. It regularly premieres newer works, whether it’s compositions by music director Lucas Richman or from another contemporary American composer. And it loves craft beer. Specifically, local craft beer—so much so, that the BSO has partnered with Geaghan’s Brewing Company to offer Maestro’s Marzen, a German-style lager that will celebrate the orchestra’s 120th season. The specialty beer will be unveiled … the day before the BSO’s second concert in the 2015-2016 season, ‘Beethoven and Friends.’ … BSO executive director Brian Hinrichs said collaborations such as this beer, or other programs like its music series at Nocturnem Drafthaus during ARTober, or the Music & Wellness program at Acadia Hospital, are key to expanding the BSO’s core audience.… ‘Projects like this bring the symphony to the attention of new audiences…. Do you want to live in a city where a craft brewery and a symphony collaborate? I personally do.’ … The beer itself is inspired by classical music’s German roots, which the concert on Nov. 22 will highlight, with music from Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven.”

Posted November 19, 2015