There is nothing more exciting nor satisfying than seeing one’s dreams come true,  and no one knows this better than Janna Hymes, Music Director and Conductor of Maine Pro Musica. 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.

What started as a vision 10 years ago when Hymes moved to Rockport has become a reality. She has successfully started a local orchestra, Maine Pro Musica, featuring professional musicians from all over Maine.

“When I first saw the magnificence of the Camden harbor and Harbor Park, I knew I needed to bring music here,” said Hymes.

Despite all odds and an economy in recession, Hymes launched Maine Pro Musica in 2008 with an inaugural Holiday Pops concert at the Camden Opera House. This month, Maine Pro Musica once again will bring the brilliance of classical orchestra music to the historic venue.

What brings the June 18 program nigh to perfection is the variety of classical audience favorites conducted by Hymes combined with the talent and inspiration offered by distinguished cellist Marc Johnson. 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 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. He will be playing his 1730 Stradivarius cello, one of only 60 in the world. After intermission, the orchestra will play Schubert’s sparkling Symphony No. 5.

“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 the orchestra,” said Hymes.

As the area’s newest professional orchestra, Maine Pro Musica currently plays three to four concerts a year. It has the flexibility to be very creative and 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.

Future Maine Pro Musica 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 a 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.

“Our concerts are designed to reach a diverse audience of all ages. We are always thinking of the community,” said Hymes.

The orchestra’s professional musicians live all over Maine and share a true commitment to playing with Maine Pro Musica. Hymes called them 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 are $25 and $30 for adults; and $8 for children younger than 13. They can be purchased online at or by calling 470-7066.

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