PORTLAND – Robert Moody will lead the Portland Symphony Orchestra in a Ravel, Schubert and Poulenc concert performance, featuring Ray Cornils as organ soloist, Sunday, March 15, at Merrill Auditorium.

The concert opens with Maurice Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye (Cinque Pièces Enfantines) Suite (Mother Goose Suite), based on a series of five fairy tales and initially written as a piano piece that could be performed by children. The program also includes Franz Schubert’s touching “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8 in B minor, and closes with Francis Poulenc’s Concerto in G minor for organ, strings and timpani.

Guest organist Ray Cornils has served as municipal organist for Portland since 1990 and is a member of the music faculty at the University of Southern Maine, where he teaches organ and harpsichord. He also serves as music director of the First Parish Church in Brunswick. He is also a member of the music faculties of Bowdoin College and the Portland Conservatory of Music.

The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a concert conversation at 1:15 p.m. in the rehearsal hall.

Tickets, ranging from $17 to $54, are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St. For more information, visit www.portlandsymphony.com.


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