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Bangor Symphony Orchestra

November 24, 2018

Opportunities for young people


The 2019 Bangor Symphony Orchestra invites students in grades 3 – 8 to attending the Young People’s Concert at the Collins Center for the Arts: Monday, May 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Lucas Richman, Music Director and Conductor for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, has made it his mission to instill in young children the awareness of music as an integral part of their lives. This year’s concert theme is “Orchestral Stories”. Each selection will display how composers use the orchestra to tell a story through the unique arrangements of musical notes, gestures and instrumentation. Orders are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathrustra
  • Lucas Richman – Playground Escapades
  • TBD – Winner of the Maine High School Concerto Competition
  • Paul Schoop – The Wishing Tree
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Allegro con brio from Symphony no. 5
  • Leonard Bernstein – Mambo from West Side Story

The hour-long education and music program is supplemented with an instructional packet for students and teachers providing information about the orchestra and the selections that will be featured. Concerts are open to public, private, and homeschooled children.

Tickets are $3 each for students and teachers. We will fulfill orders on a first come, first serve basis.Reservations should be requested by Friday, March 30, 2019, and can be made by phone, fax, or mail.

Box Office
5746 Collins Center for the Arts
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5746
Phone: 207.581.1755 Toll free: 800.622.8499 Fax: 207.581.4690


Have a BSO musician come to your classroom! You are invited to be part of a pilot program that would bring a BSO musician to your classroom prior to the Young People’s Concert to give a personal introduction to the symphony and a brief overview of the concert you will be attending. There is no cost for YPC attendees for this program. Availability of musicians for a potential visit may be limited and will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, please email


Please spread the word to eligible students that the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra is holding Winter Admission Auditions on January 10th. Please click here for more information or to apply. Winds, brass, strings and percussion all needed.


Deadline for applications for the Maine High School Concerto Competition is coming up on January 18th. Click here for more information or to apply.


Portland Symphony Orchestra

September 14, 2014

KinderKonzerts and other info


Strings, Brass, and Winds KinderKonzerts: The Music and Life of Ludwig von Beethoven
October 2014, February 2015, and March 2015
In celebration of the PSO’s 90th Anniversary Celebration and the launch of a three-year Beethoven Symphony Cycle, the Brass, Strings, and Winds KinderKonzert Quintets will focus on the music and life of Ludwig von Beethoven. Join us as we explore the music that Beethoven listened to as a young child (when he was KinderKonzert age!), his early compositions, and his ability to persevere through hearing loss to write beautiful symphonies.

Although the story of Beethoven’s life will be similar across the three KinderKonzert ensembles, audiences will learn unique characteristics of each ensemble and instrument family. Students will benefit from attending multiple performances by engrossing themselves in the familiar theme of Beethoven, approached through the eyes of several different musicians.


Percussion KinderKonzerts: What You See & What You Hear!
May 2015

Audiences should be prepared to make some noise with the Percussion KinderKonzerts: What You See and What You Hear! Using a variety of instruments, the PSO’s percussion ensemble leads attendees in an exploration of percussive sound using mallets, brushes, sticks, and their bare hands.

WARNING: Attendees of the Percussion KinderKonzerts may leave with the strong desire to turn everything in front of them into homemade percussion instruments!
Open Dress Rehearsals
Behind the Scenes at Merrill Auditorium: Grades 6 – College

Students and community organizations are welcome to observe our open dress rehearsals at Merrill Auditorium. These are a casual, informal way to experience working rehearsals, where the conductors might decide to perform pieces in a different order, suggest changes, and make performance decisions prior to the full concerts.


Host a KinderKonzert
In addition to our performances in Portland, Lewiston, and Brunswick, the PSO KinderKonzert quintets are available to perform at your school or organization. Rates begin at $1300 for two performances. Schools are welcome to sell tickets to the public and to co-host with other schools and organizations, to help offset costs. Contact for more information.

For more information, including purchasing tickets. please click here.


Portland Symphony Orchestra

February 16, 2014

Coming in March

Jamie Bernstein and the Impact of Music Education: On March 17, we’ll be hosting a free event at Merrill Auditorium celebrating music education and ‘Music in Our Schools Month’ featuring Jamie Bernstein. Jamie is the daughter of the Leonard Bernstein and will be narrating the PSO’s performance of ’Bernstein by Bernstein’. From 6pm – 7pm, music and arts educators are encouraged to join us in Merrill Auditorium’s Rehearsal Hall for a celebration of recent music education achievements from throughout the state. From 7pm – 8pm, everyone is invited to join us in the main hall for a conversation between Music Director Robert Moody and Jamie Bernstein about the impact that music education has had in their lives. This event is free although registration is required:

Additionally, we’re happy to announce that our Spring KinderKonzerts have been posted to our website. KinderKonzerts are a fun, interactive introduction to live orchestral music for children ages 3-7. Through instrument demonstration, active listening, and narrative story-telling, audience members learn all about the families of instruments that make up an orchestra. Concerts last about 40 minutes. A partial schedule is currently available on our website. We will be adding more dates soon for Portland, Kennebunk, Waldoboro, Lewiston, and Fryeburg. Visit to learn more.

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