LEWISTON – The Bates College Orchestra is presenting a program that includes conductor Philip Carlsen’s own work, a setting of poems by renowned Maine writer Wesley McNair.

The orchestra’s concert will be 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

Next week, another concert will feature prominent Maine pianist Frank Glazer, an artist in residence at Bates, performing Beethoven sonatas. It will be 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, also in Olin.

The Nov. 12 concert features “Four Journeys in Maine,” composed by Carlsen, a Bates faculty member and orchestral director. The piece is a setting of works by award-winning poet McNair, author of the collections “My Brother Running” and “Fire.” McNair and Carlsen are colleagues at the University of Maine at Farmington, where the poet was the former director of the creative writing program and Carlsen is a professor of music.

Soprano Christina Astrachan, of the Bates music faculty, is featured vocalist on the Carlsen work. The orchestra will also perform Haydn’s Symphony No. 99 in E-flat and Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia.”

Glazer is a musician of international stature whose career has spanned more than six decades. His accomplishments include numerous recordings, countless solo recitals and performances with orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the New England Piano Quartette, of which he was a founder. For more information, people can call 786-6135.

These concerts are open to the public free of charge.


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