As our season comes to a close, the Portsmouth Symphony would like to end on a celebratory note. We’ve had a challenging, yet fulfilling year celebrating music of the Romantic era and our final offering puts a lively bow on this adventure. The show will be anchored by Jean Sibelius’s modern and ethereal Symphony No.5. Commissioned by the Finnish government in honor of his own 50th birthday, already national holiday, Sibelius wrote of the work: “It is as if God Almighty had thrown down pieces of a mosaic for heaven’s floor and asked me to find out what was the original pattern.” If an impressionist painting could take musical form, it would take the form of this symphony. We then move to Germany to hear the mighty tone poem, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss. Follow Till and his musical antics through the countryside as he wrecks the market on horseback, pokes fun at the stern Teutonic clergy (violas), flirts and chases girls (violins) and mocks the academics (bassoons). Just be sure to sneak away before the villagers catch him and send him to the gallows, to be rid of him once and for all. Or do they? The show will be rounded out by trips to Spain for the fiery and lively Symphonie Espagnole by Édouard Lalo and finally France, for a taste of the mystical and captivating Concerstück by Gabriel Pierné. These last two works will be presented by the talented young artist concerto competition winners for this year. Come join us on our final musical voyage for the year. You will not leave disappointed. Remember to arrive early (2pm) for a revealing discussion of the pieces by our very own maestro. Hope to see you there!