PBSO Begins Rehearsals for Spring 2014 Performances

PBSO currently is comprised of approximately 40 musicians who come primarily from communities around Passamaquoddy Bay in Washington County, Maine and Charlotte County, New Brunswick.  Musicians are of all ages. (Photo courtesy of PBSO’s website, www.eastportartscenter.com/passamaquoddy-bay-symphony-orchestra).

The Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (PBSO) will begin rehearsing for an exciting new program on Thursday, March 27th at the Eastport Arts Center.  During this spring rehearsal season, Conductor Trond Saeverud and co-conductor Greg Biss will lead and inspire PBSO musicians to master Dvorak’s 7th Symphony, as well as works by Mozart, Bedrich Smetana, and Bach.  The PBSO members would like to extend an invitation to area musicians to join this enthusiastic and hard-working team.  

The Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra has been delighting audiences with quality symphonic music since 2008.  Along with delighting the audience, the orchestra also provides an otherwise unavailable resource to local amateur musicians.  The PBSO gives musicians the chance to expand their knowledge and play with a group of diverse, animated individuals.  The orchestra is composed of musicians that range in age from 16 to 75 and come from as far away as Campobello, Bangor, Houlton, Princeton, and St. Andrews.  More experience players are always available to encourage and help less experienced orchestra members to become confident ensemble performers.  Everybody is part of the team!

Trond Saeverud, PBSO’s tireless conductor, is a world-class violinist and concertmaster for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.  He also recently became the Conductor of the Galveston (Texas) Symphony Orchestra.  PBSO is very happy that he will continue to guide, conduct, and inspire us throughout this spring season!  His enthusiasm and encouragement are contagious.  Trond says, “If the musicians are not having fun, this is not what I want to be doing.” Co-conducting with Trond, will be Greg Biss, a local composer and pianist who is always willing to motivate and help the orchestra reach its goals.

Rehearsals are held weekly at the Eastport Arts Center on Thursdays from 7PM to 9:30PM, starting on March 27th.  The Spring Concerts will be held on Friday, June 13th, in Machias; Saturday, June 14th, in Eastport; and Sunday, June 15th, in Calais.  Carpooling to rehearsals and concerts is available in some locations.  If you are interested in playing with the PBSO, please contact us with the information below or attend the first rehearsal on Thursday, March 27th. 

For more information, call 207-263-4982 (Maine), 506-529-8278 (New Brunswick), or e-mail jennyrobish@gmail.com.  You can also visit PBSO’s website at: www.eastportartscenter.com/passamaquoddy-bay-symphony-orchestra