Articles by: Marcia Gronewold Sly

Marcia Gronewold Sly

  • BSO pulls out the stops to honor its maestro

    BSO pulls out the stops to honor its maestro

    ORONO — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra delivered a rousing tribute Sunday, Oct. 6, to Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman, who is celebrating his 10th season, through a variety of musical genres including the world premiere of American composer Kathryn Bostic’s “Tovaangar: Coronation and Chaos” and the performance of Korean violin prodigy SooBeen Lee. Bostic,

  • 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