Articles by: Marcia Gronewold Sly

Marcia Gronewold Sly

  • BSO, soloist capture spell of Bernstein’s “Serenade”

    BSO, soloist capture spell of Bernstein’s “Serenade”

    Review ORONO — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Sunday concert opened with the overture to the only ballet Beethoven wrote, “The Creatures of Prometheus,” in a brisk performance led by the orchestra’s music director, Lucas Richman. The spirited, engaging piece began dramatically with a series of chords boldly proclaimed by the full orchestra. The opening slow

  • BSO, soloists deliver moving, memorable concert

    BSO, soloists deliver moving, memorable concert

    Review ORONO — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra opened its 123rd season Sunday afternoon with a concert of works by Bernstein, Ravel and Sibelius. Music Director and conductor Lucas Richman remarked that this was probably the first time a BSO performance had begun with the strumming of an electric guitar — the introductory chord of “Simple

  • BSO ends season with surround-sound splendor

    ORONO — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra ended its 122nd season on Sunday afternoon with a program of works by Italian composers: Rossini, Busoni, Puccini, Respighi. As Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman quipped, “It sort of makes you hungry!” More good humor opened the concert, with a lively performance of the overture to Gioachino Rossini’s

  • Symphony’s own gifted musicians highlighted

    ORONO — If the inclusion of pieces by Arnold Schoenberg and a living composer deterred people from attending the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s first Masterworks concert of 2018, they were mistaken and missed a delightful concert. Last Sunday’s performance, which featured soloists from the orchestra and a small string ensemble, was one of the most accessible

  • BSO’s vivid “Symphonie Fantastique” a triumph

    BSO’s vivid “Symphonie Fantastique” a triumph

    ORONO — It seemed few could resist the promise of pre-Halloween “macabre masterpieces” and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s 122nd season’s opening concert was packed Sunday at the Collins Center for the Arts. The Symphony delivered a concert of program music —music that evokes images or events through an extra-musical narrative — fit for the season.

  • BSO serves up rich spring banquet

    BSO serves up rich spring banquet

    ORONO — In what has become a standard feature of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s programming, Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance, No. 1” served as a fanfare for Sunday afternoon’s concert, settling audience members into their seats and warming them up for what followed. To call the piece “familiar” is an understatement, with its trio section

  • Cellist delivers agile, sparkling performance

    Cellist delivers agile, sparkling performance

    ORONO — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra continued its Masterworks series on Sunday afternoon with “Bach, Handel & Haydn” at Collins Center for the Arts. In his introductory remarks, Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman explained that the BSO had added this sixth performance to the series as an opportunity to explore musical genres that are

  • BSO, choirs mount a rousing “La Boheme”

    BSO, choirs mount a rousing “La Boheme”

    ORONO — There are good reasons that Puccini’s “La Bohème” is one of the most often performed operas worldwide. It’s a love story that features an attractive, young Parisian couple, along with their friends, all destitute artists and romantics. The music is gorgeous and memorable, with strong themes, showpiece arias and ensembles, and a lively