Midcoast Symphony Orchestra announces concert season
The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra (MSO), conducted by Rohan Smith, returns to the stage for its 33rd concert season with performances in Topsham and Lewiston from October to June 2023.
The season opens on October 29 and 30 with Chiharu Naruse performing Shostakovich’s “Concerto No. 2”. The OSM will also perform “Symphony No. 4” by Brahms and “Seven O’Clock Shout” by Valerie Coleman.
In a January 2023 program intended to entertain children and adults alike, the orchestra will perform a variety of music. Highlights will be “Tubby the Tuba”, which introduces the audience to orchestral instruments, and piano soloist Mesa Schubeck, winner of the orchestra’s Judith Elser Concerto Competition, will perform the first movement of the piano concerto still popular of Grieg.
Husband and wife violin duo Rohan Smith (also OSM Music Director) and Eva Gruesser will be featured performers in March performing Bach’s “Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins”. Also on the program, Haydn’s “Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”), Florence Price’s “Symphony No. 3” and Tanner Porter’s “Propellers in the Sun”.
Hiroya Miura, guest conductor from Bates College will conduct the May performances which will include Lili Boulanger’s “D’un matin de Printemps”, “Les Indes Galantes, Suite n° 1” by Jean-Philippe Rameau, “La Valse” by Maurice Ravel , and “Exhibition Pictures” by Modest Mussorgsky.
The season will end with the MSO teaming up with Motor Booty Affair, the 70s disco/funk tribute band from Maine. This June pop concert, dubbed “Classical Night Fever,” will feature some of the best dance music of the era.
Complete concert and ticket information is available at MidcoastSymphony.org. Season tickets for the four classical concerts are now available for $74. Individual tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the concert, and are free for ages 18 and under and college students with ID. Audiences are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at MidcoastSymphony.org or by calling the box office at (207) 481-0790.
All MSO musicians and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are recommended for members of the public.