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. Our special guest features Randy Armstrong and WorldBeat Marimba!
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
It’s hard to believe, we’re nearly there. Our season opener is just six weeks away.
The anticipation you feel at the thought of being able to once again experience live symphonic music in a concert hall is only matched, or perhaps even exceeded, by the excitement and anticipation we musicians feel at the prospect of performing together again before an in-person audience.
This prolonged absence from one another has only served to reinforce that a central feature of orchestral music is togetherness. Yes, each musician has individual notes to learn and parts to play. Yet, it is the act of weaving these pieces together, while sitting side-by-side, that is truly where the magic of music making takes shape. And to do so before a live audience? Well, it’s nothing short of sublime.
We’ve been away from each other and from you for too long. So on October 24th, we hope you will join us as we reunite to bring works by Tchaikovsky, Eastman and Beethoven to life in The Music Hall and to celebrate what a symphony orchestra is all about — making and enjoying music together.
Until then, be well.
PSO Music Director
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