The Midcoast’s Maine Pro Musica Orchestra’s summer tour will have its local stop Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. Following enthusiastic performances in Boothbay and Fryeburg in July, the Maine Pro Musica Orchestra will perform in Camden and will conclude its tour with a concert at Bowdoin College in September.

Janna Hymes, conductor of the Williamsburg Symphonia in Virginia for the past eight years, founded Maine Pro Musica to bring great classical music to Maine’s towns and communities. The orchestra is comprised entirely of professional Maine musicians and has won high praise. Since its inaugural concert in 2008 at Camden Harbor Park, Hymes has taken the orchestra on tour to Ellsworth, Camden (several times), Rockland, Damariscotta, Fryeburg, Westbrook, Boothbay and on Sept. 8, Brunswick.

The program for the year includes Mozart’s Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro”; Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony No. 4; and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto, No 3. Soloist for the latter is the gifted Chiharu Naruse, who has performed throughout the world in recitals and piano competitions and has just concluded concert tours in Japan and France. She is member of the applied music faculty at Bates College.

Hymes, originally from New York City, holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. She was a Fulbright Scholar and became a favorite of Leonard Bernstein while studying at the Tanglewood Music Center. She has guest conducted major orchestras across this country and Europe.

Tickets are $20, available in advance at HAV II in Camden, Grasshopper Shop in Rockland, the Green Store in Belfast and Wallwork Gallery in Rockport; and at the opera house the day of the event. For more information on the MPMO and its tour, visit

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