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Monday, 23 November 2020 16:41

And the band played on – BSO goes digital

BANGOR – It’s an old adage in the arts – one of the oldest, really: “The show must go on.”

Artistic organizations find themselves putting that sentiment to the test these days, with everyone searching for ways to move forward even as the ongoing pandemic hinders their ability to do so. Everyone is adapting on the fly, searching for ways to continue their respective missions while also doing the right thing and keeping performers and audiences safe.

Suffice it to say, this wasn’t what the Bangor Symphony Orchestra intended for its celebratory 125th season.

And yet, even in the face of the these obstacles, the folks at the BSO have found a way to assemble a first-rate program for this auspicious anniversary, one that – thanks to tremendous effort and patience from many – looks to be an exceptional continuation of the orchestra’s ongoing mission.

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BANGOR – One of the most thought-provoking and exciting events on the area’s cultural calendar has arrived once again – it’s time for the Maine Science Festival!

Too often, we think of science as SCIENCE, something far-removed from our personal experience that has little connection with most of our everyday lives. We engage in intellectual projection, allowing ourselves to be intimidated by this notion that science is something far too complex for any but the most specialized among us to truly understand it.

And nothing could be further from the truth.

Science is EVERYWHERE, a fact that is celebrated annually by the Maine Science Festival. This year’s MSF – which marks the event’s sixth year – takes place March 18-22 at locations all over the greater Bangor area. We’re talking dozens upon dozens of events, all intended to bring science to joyful, relatable life – as well as finding those connections to the world we live in every day.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 08:53

Celebrating Lucas! A 2019-20 BSO season preview

BANGOR – The Bangor Symphony Orchestra, led by musical director and conductor Lucas Richman, is set to kick off its 124th season next month.

The BSO is one of the cultural cornerstones of our region. It has the lengthiest history of any of our area’s arts organizations. Indeed, it has one of the lengthiest histories of any community orchestra in the entire country, bringing music to the Bangor masses since the waning days of the 19th century.

The 2019-2020 season features the symphony’s standard selection of excellence, with the six shows of the Masterworks series taking place at the Collins Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Maine. Other BSO traditions will continue to be observed as well – their beloved partnership with the Robinson Ballet on a production of “The Nutcracker” will happen in December, while their annual Pops concert (titled “Music of the Knights” for reasons that will soon be made clear) has moved from its usual slot in March into late May.

It also marks the tenth year in the tenure of the BSO’s music director and conductor Lucas Richman; this season is intended to celebrate his time here in Bangor, with original works and performances from the man himself along with the usual excellence of the orchestra and its guest artists.

In addition, thanks to the symphony’s partnership with the Bangor Arts Exchange, the BSO is also providing a wealth of smaller-scale programming over the course of the year, with numerous events – many of them free to the public – taking place in the BAE building, located on Exchange Street in downtown Bangor.

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:48

Season’s greetings from area stages

If your holiday tradition involves taking in a show, you’re in luck – performances abound.

Area performing arts groups are bringing a wealth of holiday shows to local stages over the coming weeks. From longstanding traditions to fun new experiences to beloved classics, all manner of Yuletide fun will be treading the boards. No matter what kind of showgoing experience you’re looking for this season, you’ll be able to find it.

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BSO’s annual Pops concert to feature “The Wonderful Music of Oz”

Published in Music
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:03

Some macabre music from the BSO

Bangor Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 122nd season

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:32

The arts are expanding on Exchange Street

Bangor Arts Exchange coming to historic Nichols Block

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ORONO – Music from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away is coming to the Collins Center for the Arts stage.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra is presenting “The Music of Star Wars” for two performances at the CCA, located on the University of Maine campus. The shows are taking place on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 3 p.m.

 

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 11:06

Celebrate the arts with ARTober

Month-long event shines spotlight on Bangor's arts and culture

BANGOR The creative culture of a place often serves as a major catalyst for revitalization. The past decade has seen that energy permeate the City of Bangor, where we've seen a boom in cultural excitement exciting new restaurants and interesting shops and a wealth of artistic and entertainment options.

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KINGFIELD - Early bird tickets for the 14th annual Kingfield POPS featuring the Bangor Symphony Orchestra are available now at select locations in Franklin County. The POPS is a delightful mixture of music and magic that brings together family and friends, young and old, for a wonderful night of entertainment.

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