Families concert December 3 at 2pm and 4pm

We rehearsed last night (our regular Tuesday rehearsal) with Joyce Kulhawik, our narrator. The full percussion section was there. Thundercats is really cool with all the great percussion sounds. Paddington’s antics come alive with Joyce’s storytelling.

Bring children, grandchildren, all your young musicians. The Concord-Carlisle High School Orchestra strings will be playing along with us. You can sing along with us too — Rudolph, White Christmas, Jingle Bells!

Families: Holiday Concert
December 3, 2017, 2pm & 4pm, 1 hour duration

HOFFER  Thundercats Suite
CHAPPELL Paddington Bear’s First Concert
with Joyce Kulhawik, narrator

TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings
BERNSTEIN West Side Story Mambo
with the Concord-Carlisle High School Orchestra

Sing-Along: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, White Christmas

–music for the community, by the community at 51 Walden, Concord, MA

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Thundercats!

Next up is our December Family Holiday Concert. On the program, we’ve got two kid-themed characters: Thundercats & Paddington Bear.

I’m not young enough to have been enthralled by the 80s series Thundercats, but I’ve learned that it was a really popular series, and even better, that the music was by Bernie Hoffer, a long-time collaborator and friend of the Concord Orchestra. Our projects together include his Piano Concerto and several song arrangements for our Pops vocalists. I’m particularly fond of the Jerome Kern medley he did for Jeffrey Korn in May 2017.

If you’d like to get up to speed on Thundercats, you can get a plot synopsis on Wikipedia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThunderCats_(1985_TV_series))

There’s a website, Den of Geek, that rates Bernie’s Thundercats as number 4 of the 50 best kids’ TV theme songs from the 1980s. (http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/kids-tv-themes/36367/the-top-50-80s-kids-tv-themes). Congratulations, Bernie!

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September Gala

Gala performers: Robin Farnsley, Siri Smedvig, Wendy Putnam, Jan Muller-Szeraws

Celebrate with us!

Celebrate the start of the 2017-18 season with our chamber music fest and reception. Orchestra members and orchestra friends will perform, including violinist Wendy Putnam of the BSO and Concord Chamber Music Society; cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws returning as a soloist with us this season; concertmaster Siri Smedvig; pianist Sonya Ovrutsky-Fensome; and soprano Robin Farnsley.

They’ll be joined by Concord Orchestra musicians in a fantastic chamber music program. Afterwards, enjoy a delightful reception and meet the musicians and other orchestra members.

The Gala is free for subscribers, donors, patrons, and supporters. Join us for a very enjoyable afternoon!

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Horn soloist at Pops

At Pops we usually have a soloist from the orchestra, but it is seldom a brass player. This year, our principal horn Jeff Stewart performs the beautiful, but relatively obscure Nocturno for Horn and Strings by Franz Strauss. The gently virtuosic piece is a joy to hear (coming from another player in the horn section). It’s not a fireworks virtuoso piece. Instead, beautiful melody showcases Jeff’s beautiful horn sound, and graceful decorative runs and arpeggios enhance the musicality of the piece.

Jeff plays in several orchestras in the area and has been our principal horn for 3 years. Here’s his bio:

Jeff Stewart was born and raised in the Detroit area. While growing up, he studied piano for 9 years and french horn for 4 years. A scholarship convinced him to study engineering rather than music at the University of Michigan. After graduating and taking a job doing electrical and computer engineering, family and work demands limited is musical activities substantially for the next 30 years. When both daughters had moved on to college, his wife encouraged him to work a little harder on horn playing, so he took some horn lessons (the most valuable of which were with Shelagh Abate, who is now one of the top New York City free lance horn players) and gradually joined various Boston area musical groups. He currently plays principal horn in the Concord Orchestra, the New England Philharmonic, the Waltham Symphony and the Boston Chamber Symphony, and plays in a number of Boston and Providence area chamber groups.

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Jeffrey Korn Sings Kern at Pops

Jeff Korn, Pops soloistWe’re thrilled to have Jeff Korn back to sing with us for Pops. His expressive singing and charming manner makes the best songs even better. Our great friend of the orchestra, composer and arranger Bernie Hoffer, has created a medley of songs by Jerome Kern cleverly titled Korn Sings Kern.

For the finale of song set, you’ll hear “Ol’ Man River”, a powerful song full of deep meaning. It comes from an earlier period of racial tension and discrimination, depicted in the groundbreaking 1927 musical Showboat. You will be moved to tears if you’re not humming along with Jeff. Jeff will also lead the audience in a sing-along of The King and I.

Jeff is as inspiring in the business world as he is as a singer. Here’s Jeff’s bio:

Jeffrey Korn has performed for audiences around the world, singing Classic Broadway to Big Band to Acapella to Yiddish Theatre. Jeff originally trained in opera and violin at the Eastman School of Music and the Seagle Opera Theatre. At Harvard College, Jeff divided his time between studying psychology, performing in The Hasty Pudding Theatricals and the Loeb Drama Center, and directing and singing in The Harvard Krokodiloes.

After college, Jeff was invited to London to join the cast of the hit show, Hamlet Improvised, in which he played Hamlet some nights, and Queen Gertrude other nights (depending on the luck of the draw). He continued his classical vocal training at the Royal Academy of Music, while appearing in Shakespeare productions in London and Edinburgh.

Jeff moved back to the States to pursue his true passions: classic Broadway musicals and concert performance. In Boston, he joined the original smash production of Forbidden Broadway. During the 1990s, Jeff directed and toured with his acapella quartet Where’s the Band? Acapella. Over the years, he has appeared as a featured performer on stages across the U.S. and Europe and as a repeat guest vocalist on Late Night with David Letterman on CBS.

Jeff also coaches leaders around the world to use the skills of the performer to inspire and engage others. He teaches and coaches at Harvard Business School, Columbia and Duke, as well as in such far-off destinations as Abu Dhabi, Mumbai and Shanghai. He leads the internet strategy and design firm, Jeffrey Korn Creative, and is founder of the tech startup Talkler – Email for your Ears. When not teaching, traveling or performing, Jeff lives in Belmont, MA with his wife, singer and designer Lori Glaser, and is the proud father of two talented sons.

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