Musical notes from around Maine: Strand concert series and PSO’s new season

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Here are some upcoming concerts and musical events in Maine worth your attention.

Suzanne Vega and Arlo Guthrie Headline the Strand Fall Concert Series

Check out the lineup for the Strand Theatre’s fall concert series in Rockland, and purchase tix before they disappear.

  • Ben Taylor: Sat. Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m., $15 in advance, $18 day of show
  • Suzanne Vega: Fri. Oct. 12, 8 p.m., $34
  • Peter Wolf: Fri. Oct. 26, 8 p.m., $3
  • Mary Black: Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., $45
  • • Arlo Guthrie: Wed. Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., $50
Portland Symphony Orchestra 2012-13 seasons ranges from classical to contemporary, with new community events

The Portland Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 84th season on Sun., Oct. 7, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland City Hall.

The Tuesday and Sunday Classical concerts will showcase some of the best in classical works with cornerstones of orchestral literature including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39. The season will conclude with a tribute to Mahler and a performance of his intense Symphony No. 5.

The PSO Pops! season includes a new show from Music Director Robert Moody inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème, a program highlighting American music of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s, a concert featuring great film music, and a salute to the pop music of the 1980’s.

“From the opening concert featuring the stirring chords of the Fanfare for the Common Man, and my good friend Mason Bates’ piece Mothership, to the closing concert featuring one of the most moving and powerful symphonies in the repertory, Mahler’s 5th, this season in particular reaches a really interesting range of works that I’m excited to share with our audience,” says PSO Music Director Robert Moody.

New this year are two community events, a Music Lovers’ Luncheon Series and the Cello-bration Cello Choir. The luncheon series at the Cumberland club begins Thurs., Oct. 4, at noon, with PSO Music Director Robert Moody and a guest artist discussing the programming of Mason Bates, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Aaron Copland. The PSO will perform selections by the three composers at its opening concerts. Fee is $25 and reservations are required.

Other luncheons are planned on Jan. 25, when PSO Concertmaster Charles Dimmick and Flautist Rachel Braude will discuss the Jan. 27 “Happy Birthday Mozart!” concert, and on April 12, when Moody and guest saxophonist Ben Robinette will discuss the April 14 “Mathis der Maler” concert.

The Cello-bration Cello Choir is open to cellists of all ages and levels. Participating is free, but registration is required by Fri., Oct. 5. The choir will perform with PSO cellists at Merrill Auditorium on Sun., Oct. 21, after a morning rehearsal. The free, afternoon concert begins at 1 p.m.  The program is a lead-in to the PSO’s Cello-bration on Tues., Oct. 30, when the Classical Concert’s program will showcase the cello.