The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Winter Mainstage Concert program features a sublime trio of works that highlight the full symphony’s capacity for melodic richness. Opening the program is Kareem Roustom’s Ramal, a rich and optimistic work, deeply imbued with elements from the composer’s Syrian heritage. Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration is a tour-the-force tone poem, offering Strauss’s legendary symphonic richness while thematically dealing with the passage from darkness to light. The concert concludes with Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto—one of the crown jewels of the piano concerto repertoire—performed by internationally renowned pianist Ya-Fei Chuang.

All concerts begin at 3:00 pm and are preceded at 1:45 pm by Inside the Music, a free pre-concert discussion that provides entertaining insight into the afternoon’s program.

For your ease and convenience, this year’s PSO concerts will have reserved seating.