Friday, April 27, 2012

The Man behind the Music: Maestro Robert Moody to Visit

Do you ever wonder what it means to be the music director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO)? How do conductors spend their time when they’re not on the podium? Get to know the man behind the music as Maestro Robert Moody shares the answers to these questions and more about American orchestras in the 21st century.
Robert Moody, conductor of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, will be making the rounds in Kennebunk on May 1. The first stop on his visit will be as guest conductor of the Kennebunk High School Band, led by band teacher Benjamin Potvin. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as perform for Moody during the morning band rehearsal.
“We were excited to extend the offer for Mr. Moody to work with the KHS Band. Due to the unique collaboration of Huntington Common, River Tree and Kennebunk Savings, we were able to sponsor his visit at no cost to the school,” commented Juliette Coldreck, program director at RTA. “Susan Benner, the activity coordinator at Huntington, has been supportive of the event by allowing us to use this funding to benefit the community.”
Huntington Common will be hosting a Lunch and Learn after Moody’s visit to KHS. The PSO music director will be talking to residents and guests about his life as a conductor, working for the PSO, and his passion for music. Huntington Common will be accepting Lunch and Learn reservations from the community. The RSVP includes lunch and the lecture in the Huntington Common dining room at no cost; only 50 reservations will be accepted. Guests must arrive by 11:45 a.m. on May 1. To reserve a seat, please call 207-985-2810.
Since his appointment as Music Director in 2008, Robert Moody has gained renown for the Portland Symphony Orchestra through its outstanding performances, innovative programming, and deep-rooted community collaborations. Highlights of his tenure with the PSO have included critical and audience acclaim, a fully revamped “Magic of Christmas,” a sold-out gala concert with Renée Fleming, and the establishment of important new works through commissions and premiere performances. Moody is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras throughout the country.
Robert Moody’s visit has been sponsored by a union of Huntington Common, Kennebunk Savings Bank and River Tree Arts to bring art, music, and theatre enrichment to the lives of Kennebunk area seniors. For more information, please call River Tree Arts, 207-967-9120.