Postcard for January concert

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Music Director Notes: Spheres of Revolution Jan 2016

Music Director Dick Pittman writes:

It’s particularly exciting to be working with the winner of this year’s Young Artist Competition, Nathaniel Abreu, who’ll be performing the Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No. 1.  Nathaniel is an extraordinary talent.  He’s not only technically brilliant and virtuosic, but he plays with great emotional expression.  He really feels what he plays and the astonishing maturity and imagination of his interpretation of the music is supported by a technique that projects every fascinating nuance of his expressiveness.  His performance is compellingly fascinating. Read more ›

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2017 Young Artist Competition winners

The orchestra holds auditions for the Ehlers Young Artist Concerto Competition in early November. Students from area high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools prepare a concerto and audition for the chance to play their concerto with the orchestra.

This year, our winner is Nathaniel Abreu. Hi is 15 years old and plays cello. Nathaniel hails from Somerville and studies with Sam Ou. He will play his audition piece with the orchestra in January: Concerto No. 1 by Dmitry Kabalevsky.

Two more young musicians received Honorable Mention:

  • Alan Hlozek, 17-year-old cellist, also from Somerville, who studies with Michael Bonner
  • Julia Zhou, 8-year-old pianist from Westford, who studies with Ron Kmiec

You can hear Nathaniel with the orchestra on January 27 and 28, 2017. Keep in touch to find out the full schedule of Young Artist events.

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Peter and the Wolf

Characters of Peter and the Wolf

Characters of Peter and the Wolf

Here’s my plot synopsis:

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Researcher of Hidden Hearing Loss

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, who has played oboe and English horn in the orchestra for many years, is also a professor of biomedical engineering. She studies how our brains make sense of sound. The Boston University website recently featured her work in an article on their Research website pages. You’ll also find a reporter’s view of our rehearsals.

Read all about her work on hidden hearing loss.


Image from the Boston University article

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