On Friday, June 18 at 8 p.m., Maine Pro Musica will perform what some might call the perfectly balanced evening of classical music at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

Starting the program will be Rossini’s bubbly “La Cenerentola (Cinderella)” Overture, followed by the sumptuous Fauré Pavane and the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto performed by Marc Johnson of Cushing. Johnson, well-known to Midcoast audiences as a member of the renowned and recently retired Vermeer Quartet, is an acclaimed cellist known throughout the world.

“I am very excited to be performing with Marc.  It will be an honor to have him as our guest and a fantastic opportunity to hear him play with orchestra,” said Janna Hymes, music director of Maine Pro Musica.

After intermission, the orchestra will play Schubert’s sparkling Symphony No. 5.

Maine Pro Musica is the area’s newest professional orchestra. Founded just a few years ago, the orchestra currently plays three to four concerts a year with family concerts, an annual Holiday Pops concert and special events reaching audiences of all ages.

“We are a bit ‘out-of-the-box’ in the sense we have the flexibility to be very creative with the opportunity to stretch the boundaries,” said Hymes.

A good example was last year’s event at Cellardoor Winery that included a full gourmet dinner followed by the orchestra playing dance arrangements under a huge tent in the vineyards. This was a spectacular event with people talking about it for months afterwards.  Future concerts include a tour with singer/songwriter Christian Cuff of Portland; December’s annual Holiday Pops sponsored by United Mid-Coast Charities; an early spring concert and summer parks concert.

A vital part of the mission of the orchestra centers around education. In the making is a project to bring Maine Pro Musica to areas throughout the state performing a collaborative piece for children less likely to hear a live orchestra. A goal, said Hymes, is to bring orchestral music to audiences who may be hearing an orchestra for the first time.

“The sheer energy and thrill of the full orchestral sound along with the visual aspect of seeing so many people onstage is exhilarating. Our professional musicians live all over Maine and share a true commitment to playing with Maine Pro Musica. They are an incredible group of people with great ideas and attitude. What started as a dream only a few years ago has surpassed what any of us thought possible,” she said.

Tickets for the June 18 concert are $25 and $30 for adults; and $8 for children younger than 13. They can be purchased online at camdenoperahouse.com or by calling 470-7066.

For more information about the MPM and Hymes, visit mainepromusica.org and jannahymes.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.