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Midcoast Symphony Orchestra to Perform “French Impressions”

TOPSHAM, ME (May 1, 2023) —The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra (MSO), performs music by French composers in concert on May 20, 7 p.m., at the Franco Center in Lewiston, and May 21, 2:30 p.m., at the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham. 

For these final classical concerts of the season, dubbed “French Impressions,” the orchestra welcomes guest conductor Hiroya Miura back to the podium. As the reason for choosing an all-French program, Miura said, “In my early career as a composer, French music from the early 20th century was hugely influential to me.” Miura has programmed “D’un matin de printemps” by Lili Boulanger and “La Valse” by Maurice Ravel from that time period.

Muira also stated, “I later discovered Rameau [18th century composer] was ‘the roots music’ for 20th century composers like Ravel and Boulanger . . . and you can hear the same passion and pursuit for orchestrational colors in these early 20th century French composers.” With this in mind, Miura has chosen to perform Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Les Indes Galantes, Suite No. 1.”

The program is rounded out with the ever-popular “Pictures at Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky, originally written for piano and later arranged for orchestra by Ravel. This piece takes the listener on a tour of artwork by Victor Hartmann, an artist/architect friend of Mussorgsky. 

As part of MSO’s outreach program to highlight young musicians, Alek Zelbo, a piano student at Bates College, will provide intermission music at the Franco Center. Also, the public is invited to a free, pre-concert talk, “Painting Pictures and Telling Stories in Music” at 1:30 p.m. before the Sunday concert. Musicologist Mary Hunter, professor emerita at Bowdoin College, will enrich the listeners’ experience with discussion and musical examples from the program.

Complete concert and ticket information is at Tickets are $24.50 in advance, $25 at the concert, and free for ages 18 and under and for college students with ID. Audiences are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at or by calling the box office at (207) 481-0790.

The orchestra will team up with Maine’s own disco/funk tribute group Motor Booty Affair in concert on June 10 & 11. Favorite 70s hits make up this “Classical Night Fever” show. More information is at

Hiroya Miura guest conducts the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra’s “French Impressions” concerts on May 20 in Topsham and May 21 in Lewiston.

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