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This Sunday!

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra Presents:

Romantic Fire!

Date and Time:  Sunday, April 24th at 3:00PM
 Location: Christ Congregational Church
(1350 Pleasant St, Brockton MA) 

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

Read below for an exciting collaboration update with Rose Conservatory, and for an exclusive Q+A with guest Artist Meihui An!

 
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Featured Q+A

Meihui An, piano
You won't want to miss Meihui An's brilliant performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto this Sunday! To provide some background on this young artist's life and musical process, we were able to ask Meihui a few questions in this exclusive Q+A:

Do you have a favorite movement in the Grieg Piano Concerto?

Personally, I love the Grieg Concerto so much that it is very hard to choose a favorite movement. If I had to choose, I would say I enjoy listening to the 2nd movement because it has the most beautiful melodies, and everything feels so calm. However, I enjoy playing the 1st movement the most because the character shifts so much.

Even though you are currently living in Rochester, NY, you are traveling back to Massachusetts for this concert. What are you most looking forward to seeing or doing on this trip?

I am most looking forward to performing the Grieg Concerto with BrSO and my other concert with the Highland Glee Club in Newton, which is a day before my Grieg concert. In addition, I would like to see my previous piano teacher Jung-A Bang, my high school (Brookline High), and my friends and teachers. If I have time, I will visit Chestnut Hill where I lived for the past four years. Lastly, since Rochester doesn't have Lady M, I really want to buy a Lady M cake at their location on Newbury Street.

What does a day in your life at the Eastman School of Music look like?

My days at Eastman are enriching but also very busy because I need to balance between my practice time and classes. I have theory and jazz class in the morning, and then Japanese at the University of Rochester during lunch time. Sight reading skills are an essential skill as a pianist, so I have sight-reading and choral ensemble in the afternoon. I also have a one hour private lesson with my professor every week and I bring different repertoire for him. After my busy day, I like to hang out with my friends in the dorm lounge. 

What are some of your favorite non-classical genres? Any favorite tunes?

Besides classical, I like pop, rock, indie, and jazz. During my free time, I listen to pop music a lot and my favorite singers are Lady Gaga, Tate Mcrae, Aimyon, Dua Lipa, Julia Michaels, Billie Eilish, Justin Biber, etc. My favorite rock bands are X Japan, Queen, and The Beatles. 

Can you tell us about the process of releasing your first album, Meihui Classical

The process of releasing Meihui Classical was actually very simple. I released it during quarantine from Songtradr (a music licensing platform) because I just wanted to release an album and do something I've never done before. It contains two pieces (Haydn Sonata Hob. 52 No. 62 and Brahms 2 Rhapsodies, Op 79) and I recorded them at a professional recording studio called Futura Production. After listening to my recordings, I chose the best ones and then released them via Songtradr. 

Fun-fact that we might not know about you!

Evgeny Kissin is my favorite classical pianist! In addition, I am also taking classical guitar class this semester, and am trying to learn classical saxophone as well.


New Collaboration!

Rose Conservatory and the BrSO
The Symphony is thrilled to have partnered with the Rose Conservatory for this concert. Students will have the opportunity to speak with our guest conductor and guest soloist before the concert, attend the concert for free, and will be presenting a post-concert bake-sale and percussion performance outside in the circle.

If you'd like to help the Conservatory by supporting their bake sale, please remember to bring some cash to the concert.

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 at the door and wear a mask.
  • Children ages 2-12 are also asked to wear a mask.
  • No contact tracing is required by the Church for this concert.

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.

Program:
 

Faust Overture - Emilie Mayer
 

Piano Concerto in A minor - Edvard Grieg
         
        Meihui An, piano


Symphony No. 4 in D minor - Robert Schumann

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As You Depart...

Rose Conservatory, outside in the Circle
Drumming performance
Bake Sale Fundraiser

Photo Credit: Mark Chavous, Enterprise


Featured Artists:

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Adam Kerry Boyles,
Guest Conductor

A dynamic and versatile conductor, Adam Kerry Boyles is a notable figure in the musical life of New England. Boyles is currently Director of Orchestras at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Assistant Conductor of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director Emeritus of the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. The 2021/2022 season features guest engagements with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, and Brockton Symphony Orchestra, as well as conducting Beethoven 9 and a series of summer pops programs with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Other recent appearances include concerts with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, and honors orchestras in Massachusetts, Nevada, Tennessee, Oregon, and Rhode Island. In the 21/22 season, Boyles will make his first appearance with the Long Beach Symphony. He has also served as cover conductor with the Boston Pops, Kansas City Symphony, and Phoenix Symphony.

As a clinician, Boyles regularly appears in festivals with Manhattan Concert Productions and the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association, and has served multiple times as a judge on concerto competitions for Boston Conservatory and the Phoenix Youth Symphony.

An accomplished vocalist, Boyles performed in numerous operas with the Indiana University Opera Theater, and in Arizona Opera's first complete presentation of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. He has sung with many professional choral ensembles across the country such as Conspirare, True Concord, Apollo's Voice, Mon Choeur, Cantique, and locally with Emmanuel Music, Festina, and Church of the Redeemer. In 2010, Boyles was featured as a soloist with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Boyles received his Doctor of Music in Orchestral Conducting degree from The University of Texas at Austin, his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting degree from The University of Arizona, and his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree from Indiana University.
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Meihui An, piano

Born in Beijing in China, Meihui An started playing the piano at the age of four. When she was six, she made her piano solo debut at the Central Conservatory of Music. While in China, Meihui studied at the affiliated middle school of China Conservatory of Music. In 2017, she moved to the United States and continued her studies at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she studied the piano with Jung-A Bang, attended NEC Prep Senior Piano Seminar, and played chamber music with her trio under the tutelage of Aimee Tsuchiya.

Currently, Meihui is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Eastman School of Music, where she studies with Joseph Rackers. In addition, she is planning to pursue a double degree in Bachelor of Arts from University of Rochester.

As a prize winner, Meihui An has won numerous competitions, including the Kawai Asia Competition, the Toyama Piano Competition, the 59th International Grotrian Piano Competition In Honor of Clara Schumann, and the Santa Cecilia International Competition. In recent years, she won the first prize of Brockton Symphony Orchestra's Dr. Carol Vasconcellos Youth Concerto Competition, honorable mention in Quincy Symphony Orchestra’s Eleanor B. Nelson Concerto Competition, and she was one of the finalists at the Young Artists Competition of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

An active performer, Meihui has appeared in various concert venues, including the Lu Xun Literary Institute, the Grand Theater at Henan Arts Center, the Jianguo Hotel Beijing, the Central Conservatory of Music, the China Conservatory of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music. She has also participated in renowned music festivals including Beijing International Piano Festival, the Zhong Yin Cup National Youth Piano Arts Festival, and Aspen Music Festival.

Not only passionate for classical music, Meihui is also a fan of pop, alternative, and rock music. She played in the musical Footloose as a keyboardist in the high school pit band, and she enjoys playing the guitar. In the summer of 2020, Meihui successfully self-released her first album, Meihui Classical, on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, and other music platforms.
Upcoming Concerts:
 
Free Chamber Events held at the Brockton Public Library:

(Performances begin at 2:00PM EST)

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - Trident Winds

Saturday, June 18, 2022 - Blue Shades Clarinet Quartet
 
We'd like to give a tremendous Thank You! to all who attended our All-American Concert. Thank you to Mark Jarret Chavous of the Enterprise for capturing beautiful photographs highlighting the afternoon.
We hope to see you at our final Symphonic concert this Sunday!
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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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