The annual Portland Symphony Orchestra KinderKonzert tour will begin in October and will include a stop at the Waldo Theatre, Main Street/Route 220.

The strings-focused presentation features “The Story of Abbie Burgess,” the PSO’s newly commissioned work by composer Delvyn Case inspired by the story of courageous Maine lighthouse keeper Abbie Burgess.

The KinderKonzert program Strings: The Story of Abbie Burgess will be performed nearly two dozen times in eight towns in Maine beginning Oct. 13. The featured new composition tells the true story of Burgess, painting a musical portrait of a raging storm and the brave young girl who kept the lighthouse burning against all odds.

KinderKonzerts are entertaining, interactive programs with Portland Symphony musicians and designed for children age 3 through 7. Attendees are encouraged to sing, dance, wiggle, clap and have fun listening and learning about music and instruments. School systems can coordinate the KinderKonzert visit with science and English language arts instruction in addition to visual and performing arts. Specially prepared worksheets designed to support Maine’s Learning Results are available online or by contacting the PSO.

The Waldo performances will take place Thursday, Oct. 21 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by Time Warner Cable, all Portland Symphony Orchestra KinderKonzert tickets are $4 per person. For more information, reservations and ticketing information, visit or call 773-6128.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to