PSO in the Community

The PSO is committed to reaching out to the community in new and meaningful ways.

Music Lovers’ Luncheons

Make Music Lovers’ Luncheons your new tradition! These noon time events provide an in-depth look at musical topics from the PSO concert season. Talk with Robert Moody and special guests over a delicious lunch! These luncheons are presented in partnership with the Cumberland Club in Portland, located at 116 High Street in Portland. All luncheons begin promptly at 12:00 noon and last approximately 1.5 hours. Lunch is $25 for all attendees. Reservations are required in advance. To register please contact Lindsay Stanley at (207) 773 6128 ext. 318 or lstanley(at)

  • Friday, September 26th: 90th Season Opening Concert: Organ & Choral Spectacular! This luncheon will feature Robert Moody and guest artist Ray Cornils.
  • Friday, October 24th: Conrad Tao Plays Grieg. This luncheon will feature Robert Moody and guest artist Conrad Tao.
  • Friday, November 21st: Piano Men: The Music of Elton John & Billy Joel. This luncheon will feature Robert Moody and guest artists Joe Boucher and Chris Eastburn.
  • Friday, February 13th: Beethoven’s “Eroica” and Rhapsody in Blue. Guest lecturer TBD.
  • Friday, April 24th: Judy Collins. Guest lecturer TBD.

Meet the Maestro

When he’s not on the podium, Maestro Robert Moody can be found visiting schools, libraries, and other community centers throughout northern New England to discuss music with students of all ages.

Concert Connections

Join the artists for Concert Conversations an hour and 15 minutes prior to each classical concert and an informal PostConcert Q&A session held on stage at Merrill Auditorium after the conclusion of the concert. (free for ticket holders)

Artist & Composer Workshops

Listen and learn as visiting artists and composers share their insights and experience with students of all ages.

Musicians in the Classroom

Students and community groups meet the musicians and instruments of the PSO up close and learn about the elements of orchestral music. (grades K-12)

NEW! Music and Wellness Program:
“Music & Stress: A sensory based wellness program”

PSO bassist Lynn Hannings, partnering with Occupational Therapist Dr. Judith Kimball of the University of New England, developed a program that combines live classical music with resistive muscle movement using exercise bands for long-lasting stress-reduction.  This effective program, based on scientific research, helps individuals develop skills and take personal responsibility for maintaining healthy levels of stress in their lives. PSO musicians perform at every program.

To date, programs have been scheduled for the employees at Maine Health and Maine Medical Center.

Should your organization, workplace or institution be interested in sponsoring or hosting a seminar, please contact Rose Kue, Education & Community Engagement Manager 207-773-6128 ext. 308, or at education(at)

Thank you to our POPS! Series Sponsor, WEX, Official Hotel, Holiday Inn by the Bay, and Education Partner, IDEXX.
WEX Holiday Inn by the Bay IDEXX