2021-2022 Concert Season
5 magnificent symphonic concerts to bring you back and blow you away.
(Please note: Holiday Pops tickets sold separately)
Subscription pricing: $133; $118; $88
On sale to renewing PSO subscribers
Saturday, July 17
On sale to new PSO subscribers
Saturday, July 24
On sale to general public
Saturday, July 31
Please call or visit the Music Hall box office: 603.436.2400
On sale to renewing PSO subscribers Saturday, July 17
On sale to new PSO subscribers Saturday, July 24
On sale to general public Saturday, July 31
Oct 24th, 2021, 3pm, The Music Hall
Tchaikovsky – The Tempest: Fantasy Overture
Eastman – Gay Guerrilla
Beethoven – Symphony No 5 in c-minorThe full Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra returns to The Music Hall stage with a live, in-person audience for the Mainstage Season Opening Celebration featuring Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Tempest, Julius Eastman’s powerful Gay Guerilla, and Beethoven’s glorious 5th Symphony. This concert will take listeners on an emotional journey that includes a complex musical metaphor of weathering and coming out of a storm.
A special event: tickets sold separately
Saturday December 18th, 2021, 7:30pm Portsmouth High School
Sunday December 19th, 2021, 3pm Portsmouth High SchoolBring your friends and family together and join the PSO winter solstice weekend as we shift from literal darkness to light and celebrate the season with cheer and joy. A perennial family favorite, this year’s Holiday Pops program includes an international flavor that celebrates humanity during the holiday season.
December 31st, 2021 8pm
The Music HallRing in the new year in style with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra’s cheerful sounds. Join us as we’ll usher out 2021 and welcome a fresh start together with celebration and excitement in this sparkly concert!
March 13th, 2022, 3pm The Music Hall
Roustom – “Ramal"
Strauss - Tod und Verklärung
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 2 in c-minorOur Winter Concert features a sublime trio of works that highlight the full symphony’s capacity for melodic richness. Opening the program is Kareem Roustom’s Ramal, a rich and optimistic work, deeply imbued with elements from the composer’s syrian heritage. Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration is a tour-the-force tone poem, offering Strauss’ legendary symphonic richness. The concert concludes with Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto—one of the crown jewels of the piano concerto repertoire—performed by internationally renowned pianist Ya-Fei Chuang.
June 5th, 2022, 3pm The Music Hall
Fung - “Dust Devils”
Chopin - Piano concerto in e-minor, 1st mvt (YAC winner)
Dvorak - Symphony No 9 “From the New World”Join us for a colorful and vibrant Spring Concert. Audiences will be thrilled by Asian Canadian composer Vivian Fung’s outstanding and virtuosic work Dust Devils. The 2020 and 2022 Young Artist Competition winners’ performances celebrate our young talent with optimism and hope for the future. Concluding the performance and rounding out the PSO’s 24th Mainstage season is Dvorak’s brilliant and luminous New World Symphony.
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From the Maestro
When we talk about making the arts, and in our case classical music, accessible to a broader audience, what does that really mean?
Accessibility takes many forms. In practical terms, the cost of a ticket along with the time and location of a performance impacts who can attend. Accessibility also has a psychological component. Do people perceive the selection of music on the program to be familiar, relatable or representative in some way?
Our roots as a community orchestra mean that accessibility has always been, and remains, a guiding principle of the PSO and for me personally. When we construct our programs, we consider these aspects of accessibly alongside thematic elements. One of my favorite parts of each performance is the pre-concert talk where I have the chance to pull back the veil of mystery about a composer or a piece of music and help the audience more fully access the story or the context that a particular piece of music conveys.
As an organization, we are careful to set our ticket prices well below the true cost of producing a performance to minimize the financial barrier to attendance. We schedule our regular season concerts at The Music Hall at 3pm on Sundays to encourage people of all ages, and from a broader geographical area, to attend the performances. And we hold our Holiday Pops performances at the local high school so that we can accommodate more families in a space that feels familiar to them.
Any successful art form needs patrons and the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra is no exception. Subscriptions for the 2021-2022 season will go on sale later this month and we encourage you to invest in our full calendar of performances. Together we can ensure ongoing accessibility to classical music in our community.
Be well until next time,
PSO Music Director
Virtually Enjoy the PSO
Dinner and Dessert Live
A series of short delightful music presentations to be enjoyed while you gather round the dinner table or wind down after a long day.
Midday Maestro Lunch-in:
Our already wildly popular series of lectures from Music Director John Page. Always charming, always lighthearted and always fascinating Maestro Page will teach you things you’ve always wanted to know but never asked. Learn how to listen with new ears next time you come to the PSO!
Live in your Living Room
Our gift to you is this series of chamber music and solo performances to be enjoyed on a Sunday afternoon from the comfort of your home. The finest works of music performed LIVE , to add that element of excitement as you become part of the performance in real time.
Meet the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra
For the younger audiences who wish to learn about the instruments of the orchestra. This year we have created a series of “pandemic friendly” videos introducing the different families of instruments that make up a Symphony Orchestra.
It Takes a Village…
The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra has been in existence for 22 seasons. It is only in recent years with the addition of music director John Page that the mission and focus of the PSO began to turn toward education. In 2016 we were alerted to the fact that the Portland Symphony had scheduled their school day […]