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Portland Bach Experience returns with a carnival kickoff

Emily Isaacson made the tough choice to cancel the festival last year. It brings small samplings of classical music to unusual spots within the city.

PORTLAND, Maine — As live music slowly makes a return, conductor and music enthusiast, Emily Isaacson is bringing classical music back to the streets and shops of Portland, Sanford, and Brunswick.

The Portland Bach Experience is a mix of short orchestral concerts, and lively events over the span of ten days, kicking off with a carnival on Friday. 

“Music has the power to heal because it taps into our shared human experiences and emotions, something we desperately need right now,” said Isaacson, founder and artistic director. “For fifteen long months, we have hibernated, alone and silent. As we emerge from the pandemic, live performances will make us feel alive again by bringing us together and celebrating the endless capacity found in the human spirit. We want everyone to have access to that incredible experience, so we’ve designed the festival with something for everyone – free, family-friendly events, virtual concerts, indoor performances and outdoor musical experiences.”

Expect many events outside and socially distanced, including Handel Happy Hour, Bach and Beer, and Suite Ride through Portland. There will be family friendly events, and intimate brunch or art gallery salons. 

Click here for the schedule of events

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