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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: October 17, 2017

See a performance by the Portland Symphony Orchestra

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
PORTLAND, ME - SEPTEMBER 24: Portland Symphony Orchestra Pops! Classic Rock concert at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. (Photo by Derek Davis/Staff Photographer)


The world-class Portland Symphony Orchestra has been filling ears with its beautiful sounds since 1924, first under the name the Amateur Strand Symphony Orchestra and then the Portland Municipal Orchestra with a few other incarnations along the way before finally landing on the Portland Symphony Orchestra in 1969. The PSO is comprised of 82 professional musicians, 40 percent of whom are Mainers; the rest come from the greater Boston area, New Hampshire and Vermont. Most of their performances take place in Merrill Auditorium in Portland. The PSO season runs from September to June with several classical and pops concerts, along with annual Magic of Christmas shows.

Staff photo by Derek Davis

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