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Welcome to the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 Season, our 120th! To celebrate, we’re going BIG with some of your favorite works by Dvorak, Beethoven, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms. We’ll end the season with a BSO first to usher in the next 120 years: Puccini’s La Boheme, the much-loved opera that is also celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2016. Join us!

2015-16 Season
The New World

Masterworks I

Header_TheNewWorld.jpgSeptember 27, 2015 at 3pm
Collins Center for the Arts

Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Lucas Richman, conductor

Coolidge: Pioneer Dances
Richman: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9,  “From the New World”

The 2015-16 opens with a stirring program of American and American-inspired works. Peggy Stuart Coolidge’s Pioneer Dances kick things off, before the Maine premiere of Lucas Richman’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth, written for guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel. Dvorak’s majestic Symphony No. 9,  “From the New World,” concludes the concert led by music director and conductor Lucas Richman.

“Biegel, who clearly loved playing this piece, played it brilliantly throughout. But nowhere was he better than in the gorgeous piano solo that opened the second movement and dissolved into jazzy syncopations in the orchestra.”


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Beethoven & Friends

Masterworks II

Header_BeethovenFriends.jpgNovember 22, 2015 at 3pm
Collins Center for the Arts

Elena Urioste, violin
Lucas Richman, conductor

Haydn: Il Ritorno di Tobia Overture
Schubert: Symphony No. 8,  “Unfinished”
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, with Elena Urioste, violin

Beethoven and his friends take center stage at the BSO’s November concert. A rarely performed overture by Franz Josef Haydn opens the program, before Schubert’s famous “Unfinished” Symphony. The Schubert was also heard on the BSO’s very first program, in November, 1896. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, brought to life by the exciting young soloist Elena Urioste.

“The soloist, Elena Urioste, played with an enchanting, sweet tone and shapely phrasing. There was an unaffected purity and naturalness to the trills that are sprinkled all over the solo part.”
-The New York Times


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The Nutcracker

Header_TheNutcracker.jpgDecember 19, 2015 at 2pm
December 19, 2015 at 7pm
December 20, 2015 at 3pm
Collins Center for the Arts

Lucas Richman, conductor
The Robinson Ballet
Bangor Area Children’s Choir 

Holiday magic returns to the Collins Center with the BSO’s annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The timeless tale of Clara, her Nutcracker, and their adventures in the Land of Sweets is brought to life with a full orchestra, dancers, and scenery in this beautiful production. Make it a holiday tradition for the entire family!


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Mahler's Titan

Masterworks III

Header_MahlerTitan.jpgJanuary 24, 2016 at 3pm
Collins Center for the Arts

George Vosburgh, trumpet
Lucas Richman, conductor

Wagner: Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin
Richman: TBD
Hummel: Concerto for Trumpet in E major, with George Vosburgh, trumpet
Mahler: Symphony No. 1,  “Titan”

“Huge” is an understatement when describing the BSO’s January 2016 Masterworks concert. Mahler’s sprawling, thrilling Symphony No. 1 anchors a program that also includes the premiere of a new work by Lucas Richman, the Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, and Hummel’s famous Concerto for Trumpet, featuring Pittsburgh Symphony principal trumpet George Vosburgh. 


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An Evening of Romance

The Pops Featuring Noel Paul Stookey

Header_ThePOPS.jpgFebruary 13, 2016 at 7:30pm
Collins Center for the Arts

Lucas Richman, conductor
Noel Paul Stookey, guest vocalist

Make it a date night with the BSO this Valentine’s Day weekend! In this “Evening of Romance,” the symphony highlights romantic favorites from classical music and the movies before welcoming Noel Paul Stookey to the stage. Famous as a member of Peter, Paul and Mary, don’t miss this chance to hear Noel Paul Stookey bring hits like “Wedding Song” and more to life, backed by the BSO. 



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