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Monday, December 7, 2009

Magic Is In the Air - Portland Symphony Orchestra’s 30th Magic of Christmas Opens Friday

December 7, 2009

PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO)’s Music Director Robert Moody conducts the 30th anniversary production of Magic of Christmas, which opens Friday, December 11 and runs through December 20 at Merrill Auditorium. Tickets are still available for all performances, though seating is limited for the December 12 and 13 matinees.

The PSO’s Magic of Christmas is sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets, IDEXX Laboratories and Northeast Delta Dental.

Magic of Christmas tickets range from $25 to $55 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 207-842-0800, or at the PortTix box office, 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday from noon to 6:00 p.m. Discounts for most performances are available for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. New this year, “Magic” Magic tickets are available: if there are concerns about the weather, these tickets can be exchanged for other Magic performances (restrictions apply). Phone and internet orders are subject to $6 per-ticket PortTix handling fee, and all tickets include a $2 Merrill Restoration fee.

Full list of 2009 PSO Magic of Christmas performance dates and times:
Kotzschmar Organ Prelude begins one hour before each concert except for the Sunday 1:00 p.m. matinees which will feature students from the Maine Suzuki Association.
• Friday, December 11, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. (Preview)
• Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. (balcony only) and 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. (balcony only) and 5:00 p.m.
• Friday, December 18, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

2009 PSO Magic of Christmas full program:
Beckel Christmas Fanfare
Anderson Christmas Festival Overture
Torme/Wells arr. The Christmas Song (with singer)
Tchaikovsky “Trepak” from Nutcracker
Runyan A Christmas Carol (with narrator, dancers and puppets)
Shaw/Bennet Many Moods of Christmas, Suite IV (with chorus)
Massenet Meditation from Thaïs (with dancers)
Reading “One Solitary Life” (over Ravel’s “The Enchanted Garden”)
Adam/Rutter O Holy Night (with singer)
Anderson Sleigh Ride
Tchaikovsky/Moody Sugar Plum, the Oratorio (comedy duet)
Finnegan, arr. Christmas Sing-a-Long (with audience and chorus)
Foster My Grown-up Christmas List (with singer)
Santa Dance Medley
Ades, arr. Let There Be Peace on Earth (full cast)



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