Pianist Alon Goldstein

BSO to salute Leonard Bernstein



ORONO — Alon Goldstein, considered one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. as part of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s first 2018-2019 season concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Collins Center for the Arts.

Opening the concert, French-born mezzo soprano Joëlle Morris will sing “Leonard Bernstein’s “Simple Song.” Hailing from the town of Evian in France’s Haute Savoie region, Morris teaches voice at Colby and Bates colleges and is a co-founding member of the Amethyst Chamber Ensemble and the Resinosa Ensemble, which specializes in 21st century and commissioned works.

Mezzo-soprano Joëlle Morris

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s powerful “Symphony No. 2” will provide a rousing finale to the Oct. 7 concert.

With Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman leading, the BSO is embarking on a season celebrating the Leonard Bernstein centennial and highlighting diverse works.

Richman chose Bernstein’s “Simple Song” as the very first piece audiences will hear as a meditative hymn to the season ahead. Excerpted from the composer’s legendary “Mass,” the “Simple Song” is a showcase for Morris, while also highlighting a unique orchestration that includes guitar, electric bass and organ.

Goldstein was described by Washington Post writer Joan Reinthaler as “a huge man with an astonishingly delicate touch.” She wrote about the Israeli pianist’s 2015 performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, Op. 73 with the Fairfax Orchestra.

“His knees may not fit under the piano keyboard, but his hands flew over it, finding shades of attacks and broadenings in the midst of clouds of runs, all navigated with gorgeous transparency.”

The pre-concert talk will take place at 2 p.m. Later in the season, the BSO will perform Bernstein’s “Serenade,” as well as selections from “Candide.”

Concert ticket prices range from $20 to $45, with student tickets available for $15. The Know Your Orchestra Voucher Program also offers subsidized tickets for youth 18 and under for just $5 when accompanied by an adult.

To reserve seats, call (800) 622-TIXX or visit www.bangorsymphony.org.

Ravel revealed

At noon on Friday, Oct. 5, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra will present its first “Deep Dives” program, featuring lunch and an exploration of composer Maurice Ravel’s life and work of the season at the Bangor Arts Exchange. To reserve a place, visit www.bangorsymphony.org.

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