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BSO to perform concert for nearly 2,000 students

Photo courtesy of Bangor Symphony Orchestra
Photo courtesy of Bangor Symphony Orchestra
Prize winners and participants in the 32nd annual Bangor Symphony Orchestra Maine High School Concerto Competition held Feb. 16 were (from left) Garrett Hale, oboe, second place Friends Award winner; Nathaniel Vilas, piano; Harper B. Gordon, cello; Jessica Chen, piano, first place Annas-Cupp Award winner; Xiao Quan, violin; Devin Adams, bassoon, third place Friends Award winner; Megan Shusta, horn; and Seoyeon Kim, violin.

ORONO — Nearly 2,000 students from public, private and home schools will attend the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Young People’s Concert on May 20 at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono. Students traveling from as far away as Dyer Brook, Machias and Wesley, and as near as Bangor and Orono, will have the opportunity to hear the orchestra perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams;” Glazunov’s “Seasons – Autumn;” Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, “Spring Symphony;” and many more traditional and familiar favorites. The program also will include “Summer Excursions,” an original composition by BSO Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman.

A highlight of this performance will include Jessica Chen, winner of the 2013 BSO Maine High School Concerto Competition, performing the first movement of Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” with the BSO. Chen, a junior at Bangor High School, has been studying piano since age 7 and violin since age 11. She is the co-concertmaster for the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras Philharmonic Ensemble, as well as first violinist in the All-State Orchestra.

The concert also will include the first movement (Spring) of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” featuring BSO first violinist Sascha Zaburdaeva Lorimer. A native of Russia, Zaburdaeva has performed with orchestras from around the world. Today, she is a member of Bangor’s music community, playing with the BSO, maintaining a large teaching studio in downtown Bangor, and teaching at the University of Maine.

The BSO Young People’s Concerts are sponsored by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. Performances will be held at 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 20, at the Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine. Student and chaperone tickets are $3 each. The general public is invited to attend the 11:30 a.m. performance. Admission is $10. To obtain  tickets, call the box office at 581-1755 or 800.622.8499. The 9:45 a.m. performance is sold out and a limited number of seats are still available for the 11:30 a.m. performance.

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