May 2021 - Concord Orchestra Update

PLEASE JOIN US MAY 22 for a Short String Orchestra Concert


The Concord Orchestra

Spring Has Sprung!

Saturday May 22, 2021

Two 30-minute String Orchestra performances, 7:45pm & 9:00pm

Eric Culver, Guest Conductor

Dear Friends,

This spring, as we watch the plants grow, the birds build their nests, and the outside world greening around us, we have also witnessed the robust vaccination efforts here in Massachusetts. The Concord Orchestra has awakened from its winter slumber to start making music again! The strings have been rehearsing weekly at 51 Walden since April 27th and while we are not able to offer our traditional Concord Pops concerts this season, we are delighted to present a short musical offering, live at 51 Walden, on Saturday evening, May 22nd!! Social distancing and masks for all.

Warm regards,

Edith Epstein, President, Concord Orchestra Board


Percy Aldridge Grainger Irish Tune from County Derry
Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer Concerto Armonico #1 G Major
Josef Suk Serenade, Op. 6 – Movement 1: Andante con moto
Percy Aldridge Grainger Mock Morris
Reservations Required: 30 seats per concert. Please reserve seats using the following links:

Doors to 51 Walden and Hall open 15 minutes prior to each concert.

Note: If you are able to sign up, then you have a seat!

You will receive a confirmation that includes Covid-19 protocols for everyone - musicians, volunteers, and patrons.

Free concert: donations gratefully accepted online or at the door (cash only).

Questions: Contact or call 978-369-4967.


Vaccination profile of Concord Orchestra strings, ushers, and other volunteers as of May 22, 2021:

  • 100% - at least one vaccination
  • 80% - fully vaccinated



Celebrating Richard Pittman

We have put together a webpage celebrating our Music Director Richard Pittman with photos, stories, and music. We send him our heartfelt wishes for a steady recovery. We miss him greatly.

Please enjoy our offering:  Celebrating Richard Pittman


The 2020 – 2021 Season

While planning our season, we have enjoyed exploring music for groups of different sizes and configurations. We have found some real gems that we hope to perform for you!

For each concert set our guest conductors are creating two possible programs, one for full orchestra and another for reduced size chamber orchestra.

As we progress through the season, we will decide whether or not we can perform each concert set and also select the concert programs to fit the current public health guidelines.

For the archive of notices about Covid-19 and its impact on the 2020 - 2021 Season click HERE

Covid-19 Safety

We are actively consulting with 51 Walden and the Town of Concord as they develop guidelines for use of the building. We want to ensure a safe environment for both musicians and audience members. We expect the guidelines to include social distancing and this will reduce both the size of the orchestra and the audience.  A socially distanced live concert will most likely be for chamber orchestra (8 – 22 musicians) with an audience limit of 50 – 60.

Guidelines for musicians, patrons, and volunteers - May 22, 2021


Subscriptions and Tickets

Due the current uncertainty and the reduced hall capacity, we are choosing not to offer 2020-2021 season subscriptions.

We will sell individual, general admission tickets approximately two weeks prior to each concert, giving priority to past subscribers.


The Concord Orchestra is supported in part by grants from the Acton-Boxborough, Bedford, Carlisle, and Concord local cultural councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


To see our full sponsor list please click HERE


Note: If you are looking for the Concord Chamber Orchestra in Milwaukee, WI please click  HERE

Donate now to support the orchestra

We are most grateful for individual and corporate contributions, which enable us to perform a wide variety of concerts enjoyed by concert-goers of all ages, support our young artists competition and commission new works.

E-Coustic Fund

E-Coustic Fund: support the installation, calibration, and tune up of our brand new E-Coustic Systems music enhancement system. The new system was installed summer 2019, and is being calibrated and tuned up during performances this season.

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