PORTLAND — The Portland Symphony Orchestra is offering up two romantic options for February: the Tuesday Classical concert “Rach and Romance” on Feb. 16, and the PSO Pops! “Isn’t it Romantic?” concert on Feb. 20-21.

“Rach and Romance!” will open with John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances,” an outtake from his opera “Nixon in China.” This will be followed by Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, “Romantic,” originally commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1930 – and familiar to many for its use in the film “Alien.”

For the finale, guest pianist Yuja Wang, recently nominated for a Grammy Award, will join the PSO in Rachmaninoff’s popular Piano Concerto No. 2.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. preceded by a Concert Conversation at 6:15 p.m., and followed by a PostConcert Q&A with the artists and the Afterglow reception at Restaurant Grace. A live recording of this concert will be broadcast on MBPN on Wednesday, March 10.

The PSO Pops! “Isn’t It Romantic?” concert will feature love songs and romantic duets from Broadway shows throughout the ages, including favorites “People Will Say We’re In Love” from “Oklahoma,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ dat Man” from “Showboat,” “JoAnna” from “Sweeney Todd,” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory” from “Cats.”

Performing will be Jenn Raithel Newman and tenor Joe Cassidy, under the baton of guest conductor Matthew Troy.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Tickets are available through PortTix at 842-0800 or www.porttix.com; and at the Merrill Auditorium box office at 20 Myrtle St. in Portland, Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m.


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