The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra (CHSO) will present “The Irish & Italian Summit” – an concert featuring the vocal and orchestral music of both nationalities, on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Milford Town Hall.
New York based tenors Matthew Surapine and Jim Russell return to the Grand Ballroom at Town Hall to perform with the CHSO after a decade. The vocalists will reprise their entertaining and amazing renditions of Irish and Italian vocal favorites such as “Danny Boy” and “A Nation Once and Again,” as well as “Finiculi, Finicula,” “O Sole Mio,” and Italian operatic and love ballads.
Jim and Matthew have been performing together in concert for more than a decade. Their performances have thrilled audiences at many venues across the Northeast including: The Levitt Pavilion in Westport, CT, The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY, The Bar Harbor Music Festival in Bar Harbor, ME and at the Milford Town Hall with the Claflin Hill Symphony - Milford, MA. Their unique blend of Irish and Italian song brings together the music of two cultures famous for their great tenors. From the soaring melodies of Naples to the heart wrenching music of the Emerald Isle Jim and Matthew deliver a concert experience no lover of Irish or Italian music will want to miss.
The CHSO will also perform Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien” based on Italian folksongs and composed during Tchaikovsky’s visit to Rome with his brother Modeste in 1880. It premiered under its original name “Italian Fantasie” in December of that year. The orchestra offerings will also include Felix Mendelssohn’s mystical “Fingal’s Cave” Overture, and a medley of music from the Broadway show, “Lord of the Dance.”
The March 5th concert also is the annual “Health Night at Symphony” and is sponsored by numerous CHSO Business Partners from the health community, including major support from Brigham & Womens/Dana Farber Cancer Center, The Milford Regional Medical Center, Tri County Medical Associates, and the MRMC Medical Staff.
Tickets for CHSO Saturday evening symphony concerts are also available on line through the CHSO website,www.claflinhill.org. Tickets prices range from $40 to $25. The Milford Town Hall is also fully handicapped-accessible.
CHSO Family Matinee . . . .
Following close on the March 5th concert, The Claflin Hill Symphony’s 2015-16 will continue with the annual “Family Symphony Matinee” on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the Milford Town Hall.
This annual popular event is entitled “Mystic Vistas” and will feature music from Holst’s “The Planets” as well as “The Hall of the Mountain King” by Grieg and more. The CHSO “Family Symphony Concert’ also features performances by students of the Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies, performing both in a “Side by Side” performance with their professional mentors.
An “Instrument Petting Zoo” – where audience members have the opportunity to “try out” orchestra instruments with the assistance of CHSO musicians, will take place before and after the concert. Tickets for The Family Symphony Matinee are $12, $8 student/senior and may also be purchased through the Claflin Hill website, www.claflinhill.org
Discounted rates for groups over 20 are also available, and can be arranged by calling the CHSO office at 508-478-5924.