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.
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