BRUNSWICK — The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra begins its 2011-2012 Topsham season at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Orion Performing Arts Center at Mount Ararat Middle School. Music Director Rohan Smith leads the orchestra.

The program is designed to provoke passion, laughter and melancholy with Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” orchestrated by Ravel, and Rossini’s overture to The Thieving Magpie (La gazza ladra).

Pianist Igor Lovchinsky joins the orchestra for this concert. He has performed across America and Europe, and his debut CD from 2008 was named a Top 5 classical recording of the year by Time Out International.

Tickets are $17, and those 18 and younger are admitted free. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by phone at 846-5378, online at or at the Gulf of Maine Bookstore in Brunswick and Now You’re Cooking in Bath. This program will also be performed at the Franco American Heritage Center’s Gala on Saturday as part of a fundraiser.