The Portland Symphony Orchestra and Robert Moody are bringing the Magic of Christmas to the Merrill Auditorium!
The Portland Symphony Orchestra was established in 1923 and its mission statement is to “serve our community by enriching lives through music.” It was started by a group of leading Portland musicians who sent invitations to other musicians to join them. Initially they called themselves the Amateur Strand Symphony Orchestra and had their first rehearsal with 75 instrumentalists. In 1969, the name was changed to Portland Symphony Orchestra and the group currently consists of 82 professional musicians (40% of whom are Maine residents while the rest are from the greater Boston area, New Hampshire and Vermont). Robert Moody has been the orchestra’s music director since 2008 and he’s also been a guest conductor for the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, in addition to the symphonies of Toronto, Houston, Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Buffalo, Louisville, and, in Europe, the Slovenian Philharmonic. He began his career as an apprentice conductor for the Landestheater Opera in Linz (Austria) and went on to accompany many renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Renee Fleming, Denyce Graves, Andre Watts, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Midori, Time for Three, and Chris Thile.
Don’t miss your chance to get in the Christmas spirit with Robert Moody and special guest artists Susie Pepper and Susanne Nance!