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Posted on: May 8, 2019

The Portland Symphony Orchestra Returns to the July 4 Festivities

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Summerfest ME:  Pops with Purpose & Portland Pops Events
Shamrock, City of Portland and Portland Symphony Orchestra Collaboration

A new festival entitled SummerFest ME comprised of two inaugural events in 2019 celebrating Portland’s arts, cultural and entertainment community, will launch in late June and culminate with an enhanced July 4th celebration.  

SummerFest ME is the vision of Shamrock Sports & Entertainment (Shamrock) in collaboration with the City of Portland and the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO).  The partners held a press conference at Portland’s Ocean Gateway today to unveil a long term commitment to providing Mainers and visitors alike with a memorable tribute to the group’s love for summer, country and its growing community. 

“We are optimistic that we can make Maine a preferred destination for world-class sports, entertainment, arts and cultural events.  Working with some of the largest events in the country since 2010, we launched Shamrock Signature earlier this year to develop and deliver epic experiences in our hometown market.  SummerFest ME will be the first (of a few) new Shamrock Signature events rolled out where we collaborate with great partners such as City of Portland & PSO,” said Shamrock CEO & Founder Brian Corcoran.

On June 28th a Pops with Purpose Gala will take place at Portland’s Ocean Gateway from 5-8 pm.  This purpose-based affair will serve as a kick-off event for SummerFest ME with 100% of proceeds benefiting the PSO performance on July 4th.  The Gala will be limited to 300 x $100 tickets on a first come first serve basis.  All attendees will be encouraged to sport their stylish and dapper red, white & blue attire and will enjoy curated pairings of Bon Appetit award worthy culinary, craft brews and cocktails.  

On July 4th, a new Portland Pops celebration featuring the PSO conducted by the PSO’s new Music Director, Eckart Preu, special guest performers and expanded fireworks display will premiere on Portland’s Eastern Prom. This event is free and open to the public. Additionally, 500 VIP tickets will be sold @ $50 per ticket that include premium seating, parking, catered cuisine and a beverage voucher. A limited number of reserved tickets will be sold @ $25 per ticket that provide preferred seating and a beverage voucher.

“The PSO is excited to partner with Shamrock and the City of Portland to enhance an event with strong history and heart strings that connect us to the community.  We are thrilled to return to the Eastern Promenade and confident the best is yet to come for Portland’s arts, culture and entertainment community.  This event showcases the shared values our organizations have to provide memorable moments for all ages,” said Carolyn Nishon, Executive Director PSO. 

Tickets will be available at on May 24

Jessica Grondin, City of Portland                  Brian Corcoran, Shamrock    Gillian Britt, PSO
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