Online Insights

Click below for personal introductions to past and future programs from Music Director Robert Moody and special guests. Online Insights are brought to you with support from:

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PSO 90th Season Announcement

PSO 90th Season Announcement

Maestro Robert Moody unveils the plans for the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season. More

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Online Insight: Music and Wellness

Online Insight: Music and Wellness

As part of the PSO’s mission to “serve our community by enriching lives through music,” we have partnered with the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland to work with patients, families and medical staff to use music as a means to reduce stress and improve healing. More

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PSO Online Insights: Meet the Maestro

PSO Online Insights: Meet the Maestro

The PSO’s own Robert Moody talks about his musical beginnings, his fascination with history, what’s in his iPod, and more. More

Online Insights: Mozart’s “Jupiter”

Online Insights: Mozart’s “Jupiter”

Conductor Robert Moody talks about the third concert in the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Sunday Classical series, Mozart’s “Jupiter,” featuring guest conductor Ken-David Mazur and world-class… More

Online Insights: The Music of Cole Porter and George Gershwin

Online Insights: The Music of Cole Porter and George Gershwin

Maestro Robert Moody talks about the first PSO Pops! concert of the 2013-14 season and what audiences can expect. More

Online Insights: Beethoven and Prokofiev

Online Insights: Beethoven and Prokofiev

Maestro Robert Moody talks about the opening concert of the 2013-14 season: Beethoven and Prokofiev, featuring pianist Orli Shaham playing Beethoven’s Piano … More

Welcome to PSO Online Insights for the 2013-14 Season

Welcome to PSO Online Insights for the 2013-14 Season

Maestro Robert Moody welcomes you to the Online Insights series for the new season. More

Online Insights Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

Online Insights Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

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Online Insights: PSO 2013-14 Season Announcement!

Online Insights: PSO 2013-14 Season Announcement!

Robert Moody highlights of the 2013-14 Portland Symphony Orchestra season on a snowy late-winter afternoon. More

Online Insights: Haydn’s Creation

Online Insights: Haydn’s Creation

The Creation is one of the greatest choral works ever written. Learn more about the piece and why Robert Moody feels such a personal connection with the March 5 concert. More

Online Insights: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

Online Insights: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

Step backstage with Robert Moody to find out more about the pieces performed at the February 5 concert: Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin, The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, and of course, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, one of the best-known pieces of classical music. More

Online Insights: Strauss and Stravinsky

Online Insights: Strauss and Stravinsky

Robert Moody talks about the program and the special guest artists for the Strauss & Stravinsky concert. More

Online Insights: Swingin’ the American Songbook

Online Insights: Swingin’ the American Songbook

Robert Moody talks about the toe tapping music featured on the Swingin’ the American Songbook Pops program. Join guest vocalist Banu Gibson, her band New Orleans Hot Jazz and her good friend tap dancer Jason Rodgers for a Swingin’ event! More

PSO Online Insights: One Vision – Music of Queen

PSO Online Insights: One Vision – Music of Queen

Robert Moody talks about the unexpected connection between classic rock and classical symphony orchestra music. More

PSO Online Insights: Bruckner, Beethoven and More

PSO Online Insights: Bruckner, Beethoven and More

Robert Moody talks about how the four selections chosen for this concert work together. He also explains a unique orchestra set-up for one of the pieces. More

PSO Online Insights: Brahms, Poulenc & Scheherazade

PSO Online Insights: Brahms, Poulenc & Scheherazade

Maestro Moody introduces the guest artists for this concert and tells the story of the young bride Scheherazade. More

PSO Online Insights: Sibelius & Dvorak

PSO Online Insights: Sibelius & Dvorak

Robert Moody reveals some royal connections held by the guest conductor for this concert. More

PSO Online Insights: Romeo and Juliet

Valentine’s Day 2012 falls on a Tuesday classical performance evening for the PSO! Hear Robert Moody talk about this special romantic concert featuring performers from Portland Stage and one of Maine’s most talented rising musicians. More

PSO Online Insights: Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony

PSO Online Insights: Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony

Maestro Robert Moody talks about the incredible guest conductor/violinist for this program and makes a recommendation for a DVD to watch in preparation for the concert. More

PSO Online Insights: Greatest Hits of Broadway

PSO Online Insights: Greatest Hits of Broadway

The hits of Broadway come to Portland in this concert featuring two of today’s great Broadway singers. More

PSO Online Insights: US Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club

PSO Online Insights: US Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club

Robert Moody talks about the variety of works the 80 Midshipmen in the group will sing with the PSO. Anchors aweigh! More

PSO Online Insights: What is a KinderKonzert?

PSO Online Insights: What is a KinderKonzert?

Learn about the fun and interactive PSO KinderKonzerts for kids ages 3 to 7. More

PSO Online Insights: Youth Concert- Beethoven in the House

PSO Online Insights: Youth Concert- Beethoven in the House

Robert Moody discusses the Beethoven in the House Youth Concert, at which Beethoven himself will share the stage with the PSO! More

PSO Online Insights: 2011-12 Season Opening Concerts

PSO Online Insights: 2011-12 Season Opening Concerts

Robert Moody provides insight to the first concert of the season, including an interesting question to ask guest artist Awadagin Pratt at the PostConcert Q&A. More

PSO Online Insights: Bates, Barber & Mahler

PSO Online Insights: Bates, Barber & Mahler

From the ending to the beginning learn about the PSO Bates, Barber & Mahler concert. Also, Robert Moody reminisces about one of the most influential people in his life. More

PSO Online Insights: Barber, Bloch & Schubert’s “Great”

PSO Online Insights: Barber, Bloch & Schubert’s “Great”

Maestro Robert Moody talks with principal violist Laurie Kennedy about her passion for the viola and the upcoming Barber, Bloch & Schubert concert. More

2011-2012 Season Preview

2011-2012 Season Preview

View highlights from Robert Moody’s press conference announcing the Portland Symphony’s 2011-2012 season! More

PSO Online Insights: Daphnis and Chloe

PSO Online Insights: Daphnis and Chloe

Love is in the air for the PSO’s 2010-2011 season finale concerts, with music by Wagner, Mozart and Ravel. More

PSO Online Insights: Elvis Lives!

PSO Online Insights: Elvis Lives!

Thankyou. Thankyouverymuch. More

PSO Online Insights: Seasons and the Sea

PSO Online Insights: Seasons and the Sea

Watch and learn what it is about this program that makes Robert Moody consider himself one of the luckiest conductors in the country. “Sea” you at the concert! More

Online Insights: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Youth Concert)

Online Insights: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Youth Concert)

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Online Insights: Three B’s: Brahms, Britten, and the Beatles

Online Insights: Three B’s: Brahms, Britten, and the Beatles

Explore this fascinating program with Robert Moody, and find out why John McVeigh took an “exciting and scary crash course” in the Britten Nocturne. B there! More

Online Insights: The Golden Age of Motown

Online Insights: The Golden Age of Motown

Celebrate the great music of Motown along with Robert Moody and the PSO! More

Online Insights: Meet the Musicians Janet Polk

Online Insights: Meet the Musicians Janet Polk

PSO principal bassonist Janet Polk shares personal stories about her musical beginnings and what happened the first time she performed Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with the PSO. More

Online Insights – Bach’s St. John Passion

Online Insights – Bach’s St. John Passion

Explore the music, instruments and historical context of Bach’s St. John Passion, transcending the worlds of art and spirituality. More

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

Watch and learn how Robert Moody assembled this program, finding the perfect pianist for the perfect concerto, and why the PSO is commissioning a brand new work. More

Online Insights: Meet the Musicians Richard and Clorinda Noyes

Online Insights: Meet the Musicians Richard and Clorinda Noyes

PSO Musicians Richard and Clorinda Noyes share their personal stories about their lifetime in music. More

The Making of Travels in Time for Three

The Making of Travels in Time for Three

Watch and listen as composer Chris Brubeck and the members of Time for Three describe the “garage-band evolutionary mentality” behind the making of Travels in Time for Three and get a sneak preview of this brand new work, receiving its Maine premiere with the PSO on Sunday, November 21. More

PSO Online Insights – Time for Three

PSO Online Insights – Time for Three

Listen and learn how musical “metamorphoses” can help orchestras become more relevant as time goes by. Sunday, November 21, 2010 More

PSO Online Insights – Simply Sinatra

PSO Online Insights – Simply Sinatra

Get a sneak preview of this swinging show! Saturday, November 13, 2010 Sunday, November 14, 2010 More

PSO Online Insights – KinderKonzerts

PSO Online Insights – KinderKonzerts

What is a PSO Kinderkonzert? More

PSO Online Insights – Youth Concert (The Planets)

PSO Online Insights – Youth Concert (The Planets)

Watch and listen to how Robert Moody suggests students prepare for the upcoming fall Youth Concert. November 9, 2010 More

PSO Online Insights – The Planets

PSO Online Insights – The Planets

Watch and learn about one of Robert’s favorite pieces to conduct, and hear about a few surprises on the upcoming concert! November 9, 2010 More

PSO Online Insights – Season Opening Celebration

PSO Online Insights – Season Opening Celebration

Learn how Robert Moody and the PSO are opening the 2010-2011 concert season “with a real bang!” More

PSO Online Insights – Eileen Ivers with Immigrant Soul

PSO Online Insights – Eileen Ivers with Immigrant Soul

Hear what Robert Moody has to say about the PSO’s opening POPS! concert of the season with preeminent Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers. More

2010-2011 Season Preview

2010-2011 Season Preview

Listen and learn about the exciting 2010-2011 season including incredible soloists, great music, and some really fascinating connections from Music Director Robert Moody. More

PSO Online Insights – Mighty Mahler

PSO Online Insights – Mighty Mahler

Watch and listen as Robert Moody describes the PSO’s “awesome and awe-inspiring” season finale. More

PSO Online Insights – Sounds and Light

PSO Online Insights – Sounds and Light

Listen and learn why Robert Moody calls this concert “power packed.” More

PSO Online Insights – Chris Thile in Concert with the PSO!

PSO Online Insights – Chris Thile in Concert with the PSO!

Listen and learn what Robert finds so “uniquely exciting” about this concert. More

PSO Online Insights – Life, Death, Transfiguration

PSO Online Insights – Life, Death, Transfiguration

Watch and listen as Robert Moody discusses the inspirations behind the music, and “choral connections” with Robert Russell of the Choral Art Society Life, Death, Transfiguration Tuesday, March 9, 2010 More

PSO Online Insights: Sounds Like Art (Spring Youth Concert)

PSO Online Insights: Sounds Like Art (Spring Youth Concert)

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PSO Online Insights – Isn’t It Romantic?

PSO Online Insights – Isn’t It Romantic?

Saturday, February 20, 2010 Sunday, February 21, 2010 More

PSO Online Insights – Rach and Romance!

PSO Online Insights – Rach and Romance!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 More

Online Insights – 30 years of Magic of Christmas

Online Insights – 30 years of Magic of Christmas

Listen in on 30 years of Magical memories from PSO musicians and Portland Community Chorus members. More

PSO Online Insights – Magic of Christmas

PSO Online Insights – Magic of Christmas

December 11-20, 2009 More

PSO Online Insights – Head and Heart

PSO Online Insights – Head and Heart

Sunday, January 24, 2010 More

PSO Online Insights – Great Stories to Tell!

PSO Online Insights – Great Stories to Tell!

Sunday, November 8, 2009 More

PSO Online Insights – A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

PSO Online Insights – A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Saturday, November 14, 2009 Sunday, November 15, 2009 More

PSO Online Insights – It Is Enough

PSO Online Insights – It Is Enough

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 More

PSO Online Insights – Cirque de la Symphonie

PSO Online Insights – Cirque de la Symphonie

Saturday, October 24, 2009 Sunday, October 25, 2009 More

PSO Online Insights – Heroes and the American Dream

PSO Online Insights – Heroes and the American Dream

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 More

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