Richman Extends Contract, 2019-2020 Season Announced

Bangor, ME – The Bangor Symphony Orchestra announced an ambitious 2019-2020 season on Sunday. The new season is the Orchestra’s 124th and marks Lucas Richman’s 10th as music director and conductor. In a boon for the organization and the community, Richman has just signed a 5 year contract extension with the BSO Board of Directors.

“My years so far serving as Music Director of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra have been nothing but an honor and a great joy in my life,” says Richman. “I look forward to many more momentous collaborations as we continue our mission of enriching the cultural life of Bangor and its surrounding communities.”

Richman’s 10th anniversary season will feature diverse works including two world premieres, multiple female composers, and a range of popular repertoire not recently performed in the region. The BSO’s March 22, 2020 Masterworks concert, Sounds of the Sea, is a centerpiece for the season and will also serve as the headliner event for the 2020 Maine Science Festival. The entire program features works inspired by the ocean, and MSF has commissioned Richman to create a new work titled The Warming Sea, exploring the impact of global warming on the Gulf of Maine.

“It is a thrill to partner with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Lucas Richman for our first ever all-Maine headliner event,” says MSF Founder and Director Kate Dickerson. “The ability to explore the impact of climate change in Maine via music is a remarkable opportunity for all of us. I’m looking forward to connecting Lucas with Maine’s internationally renowned researchers and to experience The Warming Sea in March.”

Other season highlights include:

  • Major works such as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Debussy’s La Mer, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5
  • A world premiere by noted film and theater composer Kathryn Bostic and James Newton Howard’s music from The Village featured in opening concert
  • Bangor debuts by Korean violin prodigy SooBeen Lee and Italian pianist Roberto Plano

Subscriptions are now on sale through the Collins Center for the Arts Box Office at 1-800-622-TIXX and online at New subscribers save 40%, and returning subscribers save up to 15%. Nutcracker and BSO Pops tickets are currently only available as add-ons to subscription purchases.

A full season listing is available online. View a season preview video here.