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The Bangor Symphony Orchestra recently announced plans for its 2021-22 season, marking the ensemble’s return to live, in-person performances , at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Collins Center for the Arts, at 2 Flagstaff Road, in Orono. For its 126th season, the orchestra will present five classical concerts and additional special events, including three world premieres, in what is being called a season of celebration and renewal.

“We were immensely grateful to have been able to engage our musicians in various online presentations throughout the pandemic, but we have deeply missed performing live for our audiences,” said BSO Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman in a news release from the orchestra. “This new season showcases the full orchestra for the first time in almost two years, and the music we’ve chosen takes advantage of that, moving our art form forward while also providing comfort and inspiration to our community.”

Season highlights include world-premieres by Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Composer Awardees Reinaldo Moya and Jessica Meyer, and the long-delayed premiere of Richman’s The Warming Sea, presented by the Maine Science Festival. Concerts will also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Piano Concerto No. 4; a joint exploration of works by Mozart and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges; Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite; and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Featured guest artists include internationally celebrated pianists Joyce Yang and Roberto Plano, principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra Mark Kosower, the BSO’s own principal bassoonist Wren Saunders, and Maine-based mountain dulcimer player Pam Weeks, who will perform in Conni Ellisor’s Blackberry Winter.

Season subscriptions are on sale, starting at $45 for new subscribers. All in-person subscribers will automatically receive digital access to concerts, and digital subscriptions are also available for purchase separately.

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