Maine’s Portland Symphony Orchestra announces 2016-17 season

Posted on: January 26, 2016

“The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 concert season will include a performance of one of the most revered works in the history of classical music,” writes Bob Keyes in Monday’s (1/25) Portland Press Herald. “To close its three-season celebration of Beethoven, the orchestra under the direction of Robert Moody will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Merrill Auditorium on April 23 and April 25, 2017.” Moody, the PSO’s music director, “chose music based on a variety of influences” for the 2016-17 season. “He called it ‘a wonderful marriage of that which is incredibly important to me and important to the orchestra and the community.’ ” Moody “has programmed Beethoven’s nine symphonies over three seasons, and has left Beethoven’s fourth, second and ninth symphonies for the final year of the three-year cycle.” The orchestra’s pops season will include an April concert featuring violinist and fiddler Mark O’Connor; a tribute to classic rock music in November; and a 50th-anniversary salute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in February. On March 14 under Moody’s direction the PSO will join with the Choral Art Society to perform the Brahms Requiem.

Posted January 26, 2016