Echoes of the Panorama: An evening with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Panorama – October 7

Featuring music inspired by the sea and exotic ports of call

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Guests can travel around the world and back in time with musicians from the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the New Bedford Whaling Museum during “Echoes of the Panorama” on October 7, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The unforgettable evening will feature music inspired by the sea and exotic ports of call, performed next to the spectacular Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World. The event will be hosted at Kilburn Mill, 127 West Rodney French Blvd., the site of the blockbuster exhibition “A Spectacle in Motion: THE ORIGINAL.” “Echoes of the Panorama” includes a private viewing of the Grand Panorama, an hour-long performance by members of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, fine hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased at or by calling 508-997-0046 ext. 100.

In 2017 the Whaling Museum completed the conservation of the 1,275-foot-long Grand Panorama, which was painted in 1848 by Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington. The enormous painting depicts a voyage around the world through the eyes of a 19th–century whaler. “A Spectacle in Motion: THE ORIGINAL” at Kilburn Mill features the Grand Panorama in its entirety and runs through October 8, 2018. The painting reveals New Bedford as a global cosmopolitan hub with connections to the rest of the world forged through the enterprise of whaling.

The symphony program for “Echoes of the Panorama” includes William Alwyn’s String Quartet No. 10, “En Voyage”; String Quartet No. 6, “Brazilian” by Hector Villa-Lobos, and Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet, Op. 80 by Amy Beach. For more information about “Echoes of the Panorama” or the Grand Panorama, visit


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Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit