LEWISTON — The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Rohan Smith, will perform the final concert of its 2011/2012 season Saturday, May 12, at the Franco-American Heritage Center.

The orchestra will also perform Sunday, May 13, at the Orion Performing Arts Center (Mt. Ararat Middle School) in Topsham.

John Ferrillo, principal oboe for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will perform Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C Major. The orchestra will also perform Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” ballet and Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide Overture.”

Ferrillo played with the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra in 2008, when he performed the Strauss oboe concerto. Prior to his current tenure with the Boston Symphony, he played with the Metropolitan Opera as well as the San Francisco Symphony.

The Mozart concerto is an elegant, melodic piece that shows the virtuosic potential of this woodwind in a cheerful, gallant style.

“Petrushka,” which is acerbic and rhythmically riveting, was written for Stravinsky’s friend Nijinsky. The story told through the ballet is partly joyous and sensual — in the Shrovetide Fair scenes and ballerina’s seductive dance, for example — but also dark and troubling. Some of the music is reminiscent of Russian folk material, but everything is exaggerated, often to the point of grotesqueness.

Bernstein’s overture to Candide has stood firm as a popular favorite, thanks to its  orchestration and witty rhythmic play. The New York Philharmonic, which Bernstein led for many years, has, since his death, played the piece without a conductor as a tribute to him.

The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Franco center and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Orion Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $17, anyone 18 or younger admitted free. For tickets, call 846-5378 or visit www.midcoastsymphony.org. Tickets are also available at the door as well as at Now You’re Cooking in Bath, The Gulf of Maine bookstore in Brunswick and the Franco center.


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