Midcoast Symphony Orchestra will perform ‘family classics’
The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rohan Smith, plans to present two music concerts for the whole family at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at the Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St. in Lewiston and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at the Orion Performing Arts Center, 50 Republic Ave. at Topsham. A musical triple threat, guest artist Wayne from Maine will perform trumpet and piano solos, in addition to sharing the conducting podium with Smith.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Maine has been performing in the New York area for over 30 years. Best known as a trumpeter, du Maine has performed and recorded with ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera. He’s also performed in numerous Broadway shows, including the current reboot of “The Music Man” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. With MSO, he will play Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.
Du Maine is also an excellent pianist, having started college as a piano major. He will perform the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with the OSM. He is currently Music Director of the New York University Orchestras, as well as many other New York area ensembles, and has conducted musical theater productions at Lincoln Center.
Each MSO program this season features one or two contemporary works, including music by Maine composers, women and other underrepresented groups. This program features “Banner”, written by Jessie Montgomery. “Banner” is a 200th anniversary tribute to our national anthem and MSO’s opening track, “The Star Spangled Banner”. The orchestra will also perform Suppé’s highly recognizable “Light Cavalry Overture”, Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 3, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Rossini’s “Semiramide Overture”, and the moving “Star and Stripes Forever “. by Sousa.
Topsham audience members are invited to attend a free performance ahead of the Peterson Family String Band concert at 1.30pm on Sunday. This accomplished family will perform in a variety of musical styles, including classical and violin.
The orchestra’s second annual Winter Online Auction will take place March 13-20 and will feature a selection of merchandise, gift cards, unique experiences, classes and handcrafted items. Complete information about this fundraising event is online at MidcoastSymphony.org.
All MSO musicians and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Members of the public must wear masks to attend concerts, which will be at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Check the orchestra’s website for updates on COVID protocols.
Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the concert, free for children and students with ID.
Audiences are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at MidcoastSymphony.org or by calling 207-846-5378.
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