Portland Symphony announces in-person 2021-22 season: music by Copland, Berlioz, Sonenberg, Price, Márquez, Tanaka, Poulenc

Posted on: July 8, 2021

Maine’s Portland Symphony Orchestra will open its 2021-22 season at Merrill Auditorium with Music Director Eckart Preu leading Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Maine composer Daniel Sonenberg’s First Light: A Fanfare for Maine, which was commissioned by the PSO and was to premiere at the Maine Bicentennial Concert in March 2020. Also included on the opening program will be Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement featuring pianist Michelle Cann and Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite. The season will feature 39 concerts and will conclude in June with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Other season repertoire will include Arturo Márquez’s Concierto de Otoño; Karen Tanaka’s Water of Life; Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade Op. 33; Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion; Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ and Timpani in G minor; and symphonies by Brahms, Dvořák, Shostakovich, and Bruckner. The season will also include five pops programs, the orchestra’s annual “Magic of Christmas” events, and three family concerts.