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REMINDER: All-American Concert

Date and Time:  Sunday, March 6th at 3:00PM
 Location: Christ Congregational Church
(1350 Pleasant St, Brockton MA) 

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to offer their first full-orchestra concert since March 2020, conducted by Dr. Donald J. Running, Chairperson of Music and Director of Bands at Bridgewater State University.

This exciting concert program of American "fireworks" features pianist Robert Finley performing
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, alongside Adolphus Hailstork's Three Spirituals, symphonic works by Leonard Bernstein's Overture to Candide
, and much more.

This performance features a full, electrifying, huge orchestral sound. 
See our exclusive interview with Robert Finley, below.

 
Purchase Your Ticket Here!
If ordering online is not possible, please leave a message on the Symphony line for Jeff:
(508) 588-3841 
Please plan on arriving early to reduce wait-time at the entrance while we check your Covid cards.
This performance features an exciting and full orchestra- if you are sensitive to sound, consider bringing ear plugs.
Robert Finley
Click the video to watch a clip from Monday's rehearsal, featuring pianist Robert Finley!
Read below for an exclusive Q&A with guest artist Robert Finley!


Featured Artists Q&A:


Robert Finley
Piano

Meet our soloist, pianist Robert Finley! Check out the video above for a snippet of him rehearsing “Rhapsody in Blue";  on Sunday, you’ll hear him take on the whole piece. In the meantime, we caught up with the English musician to learn a little more about the man behind the piano. Here’s what he had to say:

 

1. Favorite thing about playing“Rhapsody in Blue”?
The “‘Rhapsody in Blue’ is tremendous fun to play. It contains some exciting rhythms and beautiful melodies, especially in the slow middle section. This gives me an opportunity to play very expressively.”

 

2. Piece you're most looking forward to hearing on Sunday?”
I'm looking forward to hearing the Bernstein ‘Overture from Candide.’ That is a very upbeat and happy piece, just like the ‘Rhapsody in Blue,’ and something we really need to feel better during these difficult times.”

 

3. When did you start playing piano?
I started playing the piano when I was seven years old. My mother taught me at first, then I had a private teacher near my home in London. I then won a scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music, one of the four conservatories in London.

 

4. Chopin, Liszt, or Rachmaninoff?
I love all types of music, but especially romantic music. Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff are some of my favorite composers . . . I like them for different reasons and don't have just one favorite but several. I visited the birthplace of Chopin in Zela Zowa, Poland, Liszt's apartment in Budapest, Hungary and his tomb in Bayreuth, Germany. I hope someday to visit Rachmaninoff's home in Ivanovka.

 

5. Desert island piece of music:
It's difficult to decide . . . because there is so much that I love. Maybe the Four Symphonies of Johannes Brahms would be very nice.

 

6. Something people might not know about you:
One of my teachers in London, the Swiss pianist Albert Ferber, often played for Sergey Rachmaninoff and took his advice. I think of Rachmaninoff as my ‘musical grandfather.’


Brockton Symphony Featured in Bridgewater State University News

Guest conductor Dr. Donald J. Running and key musicians in the Symphony who attend Bridgewater State University are highlighted in the following article. Thank you Brian Benson for writing this piece!
Check out the Article Here!

Covid Guidelines: We have instituted guidelines to keep you, our audience, and our musicians as safe as possible. Covid guidelines are subject to change.

When you attend our concerts:

  • All audience members (age 12+) are required to show proof of vaccination and booster at the door and wear a mask upon entering the building.
  • Children ages 2-12 are also asked to wear a mask.
  • The March 6th concert will be one hour long with no intermission.
  • Tickets will need to be pre-ordered and will not be available at the door.

This is consistent with the policies of other performing arts organizations in the Boston area and is respectful of all members of our BrSO community who wish to enjoy our concerts and be safe.


If ordering online is not possible, please leave a message on the Symphony line for Jeff:
(508) 588-3841 

Program:
 

Overture to Candide - Leonard Bernstein

Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin 

soaring over the white mountains - David Vess

Commissioned by the Brockton Symphony in celebration of a return to live music.

Three Spirituals - Adolphus Hailstork

     1. Everytime I Feel the Spirit
   
 2. Kum Ba Yah
     3. Oh Freedom

   
Variations on America - Charles Ives

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Upcoming Concerts:
 
 
R0mantic Fire
Sunday, April 24, 2022 - 3:00 p.m.
Christ Congregational Church, Brockton

 
Adam Kerry Boyles conducts a romantic full-length season finale, featuring our 2019 Vasconcellos Youth Competition co-winner, Meihui An, performing the dramatic Piano Concerto in A minor by Edvard Grieg. We present the vivid Faust Overture by German composer Emilie Mayer, and Schumann’s passionate Symphony No. 4 in D minor. 

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The Brockton Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by grants from the Brockton Cultural Council, Abington Cultural Council, Bridgewater Cultural Council, Canton Cultural Council,  Carver Cultural Council, East Bridgewater Arts Council, Easton Cultural Council, Halifax Cultural Council, Mansfield Local Cultural Council,  Middleborough Cultural Council,  North Attleboro Cultural Council, Randolph Cultural Council,  Raynham Cultural Council, Scituate Cultural Council, Sharon Cultural Council, Stoughton Cultural Council, and Whitman Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Their generosity is gratefully acknowledged.

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