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Music Director

John Page, Music Director

John Page, Music DirectorAward winning conductor John Page was appointed Music Director of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra in 2011. Mr. Page’s conducting career began with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in 2000, and his 2002 performances of Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis garnered the prestigious Irish Times Opera of the Year award. Since then he has returned to Ireland frequently to record with the Irish Film Orchestra and his many recordings with PBS show Celtic Woman have earned multiple platinum discs.

 In 2003 Mr. Page moved to the US and was appointed Zander Fellow to the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and from 2005 to 2009 he was the orchestra’s Assistant Conductor. In 2006 John Page joined the Faculty of New England Conservatory as Resident Conductor and Music Director of the NEC Sinfonietta and later, NEC Symphony. In spring 2011 Mr. Page was a Visiting Associate Professor at Boston University assuming the duties of Director of Orchestral Activities. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of the PARMA Orchestra and was appointed Director of Orchestral Activities at Tufts University in 2012 with responsibility for the Tufts Symphony Orchestra, Tufts Chamber Orchestra and Tufts Youth Philharmonic. In Fall 2017 John Page was invited to direct Carmen with the newly formed Foyle Opera in his hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland. In recognition of his work with younger musicians Mr. Page was selected to conduct the 2018 NH all-state festival orchestra at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

From December 2011 to 2014 Mr. Page conducted the extremely successful Celtic Woman Symphony Tours of the US. He has conducted many major orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Virginia Symphony and West Virginia Symphony, the Ulster Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.


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It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the decision to suspend any concert activity for September, October, and November 2020.

We waited as long as we could, and had a number of scenarios in mind. It became clear, however, that the future, given the directives from the state of New Hampshire, was too much of an unknown, and we wouldn’t be able to plan compassionately, intelligently, and in a timely manner, for the safety and well-being of our musicians and audience members.

We know that all our lives have been turned upside down by this pandemic. This is the only time in 23 years that the Portsmouth Symphony has had to cancel concerts, which is illustrative of the gravity of the current global situation.

Please stay safe, stay in touch, and we hope for a quick and happy return to exciting concerts and to the exceptional joys of music-making that our community has come to expect and love.

We miss seeing you, our audience, and will keep you posted about when it is safe to return to glorious symphonic gatherings!

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