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BSO Ends Season on Youthful Note 

Joy Hollowell

A classical concert performed before a contemporary audience.The Bangor Symphony Orchestra wrapped up its 113th season today, with a special show.Joy Hollowell reports.++++++++++++++++Chances are that Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky are not programmed into kids Ipods. But they just might be after Monday.The Bangor Symphony Orchestera presented a youth concert at the Collins Center for the Arts Monday, and 1,600 students from all over Maine saw the show.”It’s very exciting to do this. I mean, I got my start this way. I was maybe 8 or 9 years old and we went to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a kids program. And I got so excited, I immediately wanted to play in an orchestra,” says BSO guest conductor Eric Thomas.The program featured Russian dances, including Romeo and Juliet as well as The Firebird.In keeping with the theme, finalists from the BSO Maine High School Concerto Competition performed along with the orchestra.”It was pretty good, it was the best one I’ve seen, the first one I’ve seen actually,” says 4th grader Bernice.”The music was really soothing and you didn’t really know what was going to happen next,” says 4th grader Jerry from Mary Snow Elementary School in Bangor.”It was different, but it was a good different,” says 7th grader Sierra from Mount Jefferson Junior High School.===========The Bangor Symphony Orchestra has formed a search committee for a new conductor, after Xiao-Lu Li resigned last fall.Guest conductors will audition with the symphony next season. A spokesman for the BSO says there is no timetable on a decision.