My esteemed Bangor Daily News colleague Judy Harrison made an excellent point this week, as we discussed the upcoming Bangor Symphony Orchestra concert, set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono.
“‘Appalachian Spring’? It’s March 2. How about ‘Appalachian Mud Season’?” said Harrison, referring to the Aaron Copland masterpiece that the Bangor Symphony Orchestra will perform at the concert.
Indeed, with temperatures in the mid-20s and the wind chill making it seem even colder, it feels as though spring is still a distant dream. Which means it’s even more appropriate that the Bangor Symphony Orchestra should perform such an evocative, hopeful piece — worry not, spring is coming.
“Appalachian Spring” is an American classic, and it is just part of a nature-themed concert, planned by music director and conductor Lucas Richman, that will also feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the Pastoral Symphony, a piece of music as redolent of natural beauty as has ever been written or performed.
The concert will be rounded out by featured French horn player Richard Todd in the world premiere of W. Mark Harrell’s “Concerto for Horn and Orchestra.” Todd has earned acclaim as one of the finest horn soloists today and has worked with such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein and Andre Previn over his far-ranging career. Tennessee-based composer W. Mark Harrell’s new concerto will showcase Todd’s innovative style and dexterity.
Prior to the Bangor Symphony Orchestra performance, the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform in a free concert led by co-Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra conductors Sascha Zaburdaeva and Trevor Marcho on the Collins Center stage at 2 p.m. This weekend, soloist Todd will lead the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s annual master class for horn, an opportunity for Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians to work with a musical great, made possible by the Dr. Maurice P. King Endowment Fund, part of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to young musicians in Maine.
Tickets for Sunday’s concert range from $16 to $40 and are available online at bangorsymphony.org, through the Collins Center for the Arts Box Office in person or by calling 581-1755. Tickets are $10 for under 18 and students with valid ID.
The Bangor Daily News is a sponsor of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.