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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 diverse concert program of American favorites features pianist Robert Finley performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, alongside Adolphus Hailstork's Three Spirituals, symphonic works by Leonard Bernstein, and more.
This concert marks the beginning of the Symphony's showcase of Music Director finalists, continuing through our 2022-23 season. Audience members are invited to complete the post-concert survey to offer feedback about Music Director candidates.
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Date and Time:  Sunday, March 6th at 3:00PM
 Location: Christ Congregational Church
(1350 Pleasant St, Brockton MA) 

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Featured Artists:

Dr. Donald J. Running,
Guest Conductor

Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Donald J. Running received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He taught in the public schools of Minnesota and Wisconsin before receiving his Master of Arts degree and PhD in music education from the University of Minnesota. While attending the University of Minnesota, he studied conducting with Craig Kirchhoff, theatre with Kari Margolis, and educational philosophy with Dr. Paul Haack.
Dr. Running has written music for and premiered music with the Bridgewater State University Wind Ensemble, University of Minnesota Campus Orchestra, Brass Choir, Black Box Theatre as well as several middle and high schools.

In addition to his university duties, Dr. Running is active as an adjudicator/clinician and pursues an active research and writing schedule. He has been published in The Bulletin for the Chronicle for Research in Music Education, The Journal of Band Research, Mass Music News, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and Minnesota Music Education Research Review in Gopher Notes. He has presented research and held conducting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, China, Greece, and Scotland.

Dr. Running is a frequent clinician at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA), Great East Festivals, and is Director for the New England Ambassadors of Music. He also performs with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as Bass Trombonist.

Robert Finley, Piano

Robert Finley was born in Hull, England, and is a retired electronics engineer. He began to play the piano at the age of 7, studied at Trinity College of Music in London and with Norma Fisher, Albert Ferber and in the masterclasses of Jorge Bolet, Louis Kentner and Vlado Perlemuter. He studied electronic engineering at the University of Sussex and worked in the UK and USA in the field of telecommunications. He was awarded the ARCM diploma in piano performance with Honors from the Royal College of Music in 1976.

He played recitals and concertos in the USA, UK, Russia, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Argentina, Japan and Israel. He is the founder of the Boston Piano Amateurs Association that organizes international piano competitions every two years. He played in piano competitions in the USA and overseas and was a finalist in the 2009 Chopin Piano Amateur Competition in Warsaw Poland, and the joint grand prize winner of the 2012 Yamaha and Pianist Magazine amateur piano competition in Manchester, UK. In 2013 he was invited back to Manchester UK to give a recital at the Chethams School of Music and played the first movement of the Chopin 2nd Piano Concerto with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra.

In 2008 and 2010 he was a winner of the concerto competition during the Piano Texas Festival in Fort Worth and played the first movement of the Rachmaninoff 1st and 3rd concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 he played the Liszt 1st Piano Concerto with the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he gave a recital at the Gasteig Auditorium in Munich Germany and also two recitals at the Earth Plaza Auditorium in Yokohama Japan. In 2016 he won the second prize at the Piano Bridges Competition in St. Petersburg Russia and gave a recital at the State Academic Capella Auditorium. In 2018 he gave recitals in Bayreuth Germany on Liszt’s piano, and in Moscow, Russia at the Alexander Goldenweiser Museum.

David Vess, Composer

David Vess (b. 1991) is an American composer, musician, and teacher. He seeks to write deeply personal music for his friends and collaborators. Originally from Asheville NC, David holds degrees from the Boston Conservatory and the UNC School of the Arts. He currently teaches composition at Bridgewater State University. David also produces The Sand Dollar, a podcast about doing creative work and learning from the art all around us. He is the BrSO's tuba player. For more information, visit

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.


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



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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