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Block Party celebrates, consumes the Arts District on Saturday

The first time SPACE Gallery closed off a chunk of Congress Street, in 2005, they filled it with sod grass and turned it into an urban lawn. The second, a year later, inflated plastic structures dotted the Arts District. This Saturday — in theme, in spi
Square roots
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 10, 2010

Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium


Portland Symphony Orchestra wraps up a most excellent 85th anniversary season in exhilarating fashion, with two performances of the intermission-free, 90-minute Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection")...
By webteam  |  April 28, 2010

Mandolin Fest

At SPACE Gallery, March 27
Music Seen
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  April 02, 2010
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Tuba song

Dan Hunter wants you to know that a tuba is more than an oom-pah-pah machine or the big, shiny bell in the back of the orchestra. To Hunter, the tuba is a storyteller, an opera singer, and a melodic instrument.
Hunter moves from the back of the hall to the spotlight
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 19, 2010

Jakob Battick at Slainte, PSO at the Merrill, and Maria de Barros at Hannaford Hall


Elsewhere in town, Jakob Battick brings his slow, dramatic avant-folk/rock to Slainte with guests Sound Bundle and Darrell Foster, while the Portland Symphony Orchestra (and...
By webteam  |  February 17, 2010
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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010


Portland Symphony Orchestra

At January 24, Merrill Auditorium
Music Seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 29, 2010

Portland Symphony Orchestra's "Head and Heart" concert


"Head and Heart," the first 2010 concert from the Portland Symphony Orchestra, offers a program of emotional works by Ravel and Mozart, along with a...
By webteam  |  January 20, 2010

Portland Symphony Orchestra’s 2009 “Magic of Christmas”


As always, tickets are moving quickly for the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Magic of Christmas” bonanza, which features audience sing-alongs, dancing Santas, puppets by Freeport’s...
By webteam  |  December 09, 2009

"Great Stories to Tell!": Portland Symphony Orchestra + Portland Ballet + Peter Wolf


For this afternoon's PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/PORTLAND BALLET rendition of L'Histoire du Soldat, injured guest narrator Judd Nelson has been replaced by PETER WOLF of the J. Geils...
By webteam  |  November 05, 2009
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Classical inheritance

A teacher told me years ago that someday "you young people will inherit classical music. Then you can do with it what you want." And so I've been waiting.
Two fixtures hand over the reins to a younger generation
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  October 02, 2009


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Stars aligned

The days are growing shorter, the magazines are (well, barely) getting larger and meatier, and the first batch of cider doughnuts is on the way real soon: all sure signs of autumn, as is the bountiful crop of prestigious concerts coming our way this se
Cult heroes and superstars dot the region's fall concert calendar
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 18, 2009
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Arts and culture go begging

The Portland Symphony is in trouble. The unresolved dominant-seventh chord — a $2 million loss over the past eight years, and a possible shortfall of $220,000 this year alone — would be a setback for any company. But for the symphony, this is more than
The Portland Symphony Orchestra loses some signature events.
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 11, 2009

Not the only ones

For the February 1 start of its fiscal year, the Portland Museum of Art laid off six people — three of them full-time staffers.
Portland Museum of Art in financial trouble
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 11, 2009
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The show goes on

Soprano Renée Fleming visits the PSO
Soprano Renée Fleming visits the PSO
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 11, 2009
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Like a fine wine

To celebrate the group's 40th anniversary, the Portland String Quartet will have a good time playing some favorites, but also will push themselves with some of the most difficult works they perform. They'll have help from renowned pianist Laura Kargul,
Pianist Laura Kargul joins the Portland String Quartet for a birthday party.
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 04, 2009


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Double duty DJ

Electronica DJ Masonic, who will be performing October 5 at SPACE Gallery, has an alter ego. He is also classical music composer Mason Bates.
That landmark new work the Portland Symphony's playing? The composer's DJ-ing at SPACE.
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  September 24, 2008
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New beginnings

Step into any classical music rehearsal space right now and you can almost taste the excitement.
Classical music comes alive this fall
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  September 10, 2008
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Home, at last

Other than two tracks on the Greetings from Area Code 207 series, there has been nothing to bring home and put on the stereo for fans of what has been at times Portland’s hardest-working band.
Jerks of Grass deliver a disc 10 years in the making.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 23, 2008
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In with a bang

It’s only in classical music that we shy away from the new. In theater and popular music something more than seven years old is too old.
An interview with incoming Portland Symphony director Robert Moody
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 30, 2008
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Holiday favorites

For many of us, the holidays would not be the same without the familiar melodies and musical traditions we’ve grown to love.
Revive the tradition
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  November 28, 2007


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A riotous occasion

Fist-fights in the aisles, taunting from the audience, and a riot at Merrill Auditorium?
Stravinsky moves audiences to action
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  October 31, 2007
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Summer Schubert

There's no better place to cool off from the summer heat.
Three scoops in Harrison
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  July 18, 2007
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Pops and circumstance

It so happens that Robert Browne Hall (1858-1907), a Maine composer, conductor and cornetist, had associations with numerous Maine bands.
R.B. Hall Day and Independence Pops
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  June 27, 2007
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Classic love

Classic summer starts with a rock-and-roll fundraiser?
Romantic performances statewide
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  June 13, 2007
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Orchestra in transition

The Portland Symphony Orchestra sees light at the end of the tunnel.
Portland Symphony won’t see a new director until 2008
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  May 09, 2007


Finding inspiration

The newly formed Portland Chamber Orchestra will perform in Gorham, showcasing chamber music ranging from the Baroque period to the 20th century.
Small spaces, big chamber music
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  May 02, 2007
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Everybody’s Irish

On the heels of Saint Patrick’s Day, it’s fitting to blather about the Irish.
Quebecois ensemble Le Vent du Nord join PSO
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  March 21, 2007
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In the right field

In his third year as resident composer and professor at the University of Southern Maine, Daniel Sonenberg is making his mark in the field.
Daniel Sonenberg gets everyone into the compositional league
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  March 12, 2007
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Mixing it up with Strauss

Although the works of German composer Richard Strauss rank among my favorites, it was unfair to give him credit last week for Die Fledermaus .
USM performs Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  February 14, 2007