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Portland Symphony

Portland, ME
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Ranked #14 of 64 Activities in Portland
Type: Symphonies, Performances
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Owner description: Portland orchestra often performing at the Merrill Auditorium.
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Portland Symphony is a very good symphony for a small city of that size. The Christmas concert is excellent and well attended in many performances. The symphony does a good job of playing old symphonic favorites, but interspersing more modern and in some respects, semi-classical pieces. The date above is incorrect since I moved from Maine in late 2012.

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Cumberland Center, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Being a long-time lover of classical music, when I moved to Portland many years ago, I wondered whether the Portland Symphony would live up to my hopes. As the years go by and I have watched it grow, my hopes have been far exceeded. I am profoundly proud to live in a city where I can hear such a terrific... More

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South Portland, Maine
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

In my mind the best place to see and hear the symphony is at the Merrill Theater in Portland Maine, there isn't a seat in the house that is bad and the acoustics are great. We love the Portland Symphony and Merrill Theater

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Liberty, Maine
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We've subscribed (at modest cost) to the Portland Symphony for years and been delighted with the variety and quality of musical offerings. We go to the pre-concert lecture on Sunday afternoons, have gone to both classical and pop series concerts. We are very fortunate to be able to hear, learn from and enjoy the PSO.

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

My wife and I attended the concert at the Merrill Auditorium. First of all the Merrill Auditorium is a charming facility, good acoustics, with nary a bad seat in the place. It is a great place to view any concert or other event. The Magic of Christmas was a great concert. They did a splendid job performing many of the... More

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Garnerville, New York
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75 reviews 75 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We were delighted with the performance. The director and assistant director are crowd friendly and the performance of orchestra and chorus was really magical. Friendly staff and not too much time waiting for tickets. Great seats.

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Chicago, Illinois
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83 reviews 83 reviews
19 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

This was my first symphony experience and they were absolutely beautiful to hear. The level of talent was overwhelming and the singing from Susan Nance brought tears to my eyes. Worth the trip from Chicago!

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Portland, Maine
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I'm lucky to be a subscriber to the PSO and sometimes buy extra tickets to performances from another series. Yesterday afternoon we were treated to an outstanding concert of Baroque music, including Bach's cantata "Sleepers Wake". It made braving the 20 degree temperature with powerful winds well worth it.

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Poland, Maine
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I've seen the PSO on the 4th of July this year and two years ago. I've also been to see The Magic of Christmas the last two years. The PSO is amazing and worth every penny we spent (free on the 4th, but not at Christmas). I would recommend seeing the PSO for any occasion.

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Temperance, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We were thrilled to see and hear the Portland Symphony in concert during the July 4th fireworks. They were amazing, and I highly recommend if you get the chance to see them, GO.

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