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Description: Portland orchestra often performing at the Merrill Auditorium.

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The Portland Symphony is excellent! We enjoyed the "Magic of Christmas" concert. It was diverse with groups from other cultures playing in the side entries and third tier of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The Portland Symphony is excellent! We enjoyed the "Magic of Christmas" concert. It was diverse with groups from other cultures playing in the side entries and third tier of the auditorium. There were also leads from ballet and a contemporary soloist. The director and assistant director each directed the orchestra on different songs.The Portland Symphony chorus was quite large and... More 

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Scarborough, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the performance. As always, the sleigh ride piece was a highlight of the afternoon. We are already looking forward to celebrating Christmas season with the Portland Symphony Orchestra again next December!

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Kennebunk, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Magic of Christmas is a must see. You will not be disappointed. The performance was eclectic. This symphony is superb. I know musicians that play in the Symphony and they are top notch.

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Acton MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Attended the Magic of Christmas concert concert. The Merrill Auditorium was beautifully decorated and all aspects of the concert, including the theme, staging and performers will give us fond memories for a long time. We plan on returning to the 2015 concert.

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Monmouth, Maine
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Very cheery show--definitely family-friendly and gets you in the mood for Christmas. Merril Auditorium is a beautiful venue and the sound quality there is great, especially with the rehabbed Kochmar organ back in it's home

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Gray
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Simply said the people of Southern Maine are blessed with one of the best in the world small city orchestras. Many of the performers play with the Boston Symphony and the core group have been playing together for years. Their City Hall concert hall and world famous organ have had millions invested in refurbishing them in recent years. The acoustics... More 

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Midcoast, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My husband and I have been going to the Magic of Christmas for over 20 years and wouldn't think of missing it. We now have 2 other couples who come from out of state to join us and we all stay overnight in the Old Port. This is sure to jumpstart your Christmas spirit!

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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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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
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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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