Happy 10th anniversary!



ORONO — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman’s 10th anniversary season with the world premiere of award-winning composer, pianist and singer-songwriter Kathryn Bostic’s new work as well and a performance by Korean violin prodigy SooBeen Lee at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Collins Center for the Arts on the University of Maine campus.

As a nod to Richman’s tenure and work in Hollywood, the BSO’s first Masterworks concert will feature composers celebrated for their film scores.

A known champion of new music and female composers, Richman commissioned Bostic to compose a piece to mark his 10th season. She will premiere “Tovaangar: Coronation and Chaos.” The work draws inspiration from the first peoples to settle the land in Southern California, both her home and Richman’s birthplace.

Bostic is known for her work in film, television and theater, including multiple Broadway credits and her recent score for the acclaimed documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.” In 2018, the Pittsburgh Symphony debuted her first major orchestral work, “The August Wilson Symphony,” with Lucas Richman conducting.

Deemed “Korea’s hottest violin prodigy,” 18-year-old violinist SooBeen Lee will perform two contrasting works, starting with James Newton Howard’s “The Village Romance.” This excerpt from the film score for M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” was first conducted by Richman for the 2004 film and recording with violinist Hillary Hahn to much acclaim. Lee will follow with Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasie,” the rousing masterpiece inspired by Bizet’s “Carmen.”

A student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Lee began studying the violin at the age of 4. At 8 years old, she won the National Competition of the Korean Chamber Orchestra and the next year, she won First Prize at the Russia International Youth Violin Competition.

The concert will close with Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

The UBS Pre-Concert Lecture is at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $46 plus box office fees, with student tickets at $10, and are available online at bangorsymphony.org or by phone at (800) 622-TIXX.

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