In Wednesday’s (3/10) Portland Press-Herald (Maine), Bob Keyes writes, “Despite operating with a budget that allows few frills, the Portland Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday announced plans for a 2010-2011 concert season that includes guest appearances by a handful of big names in classical music and the premiere of several new pieces of contemporary music. … Overall, the orchestra will perform three series of concerts: five Sunday Classical concerts, with a mix of chamber orchestra and full orchestral works; six Tuesday Classical concerts; and four PSO Pops! concerts. That equals a total of 19 performances of 13 programs. … The orchestra has reduced its budget in each of the last three years. Spending for the current season will total $2.4 million. For the first time in many years, the orchestra operated in the black last season, and is on track to meet budget this season, said executive director Ari Solotoff. … Next year’s season also will include a tribute to Maine composer Elliott Schwartz, who will turn 75 during the season. Schwartz is writing a new piece, ‘Diamond Jubilee,’ which will premiere Jan. 25, 2011.”

Posted March 11, 2010