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The 2017-18 Season

Dear Music Lovers,

As I celebrate my 25th year as Music Director of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, it gives me great pleasure to announce an exciting season of classical music favorites from Austria, Great Britain, France, Russia, Germany, and America.

It has become a tradition to open the WSO season with the great works of Beethoven. Our October program features pianist Mana Tonuko in the seldom heard Second Concerto. The symphony on this program, chosen by popular vote by the players in the WSO, will be Symphony No. 6, the Pastorale.

My longstanding connection with the Boston Symphony allows me to offer solo opportunities to some of their great players. This year, BSO cellist Owen Young will perform the beloved Variations on a Rococo Theme by Tchaikovsky. The big showpiece will be Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, with WSO's brilliant concertmaster, MaeLynn Arnold, as the main character.

Holiday Pops this year takes a slightly different turn. Christmas is for Kids will feature several youngsters from past seasons taking turns in solo and ensemble arrangements, our traditional "Two Front Teeth" contest winner, and of course the annual visit from Santa Claus.

February, during Presidents' month, we will present an All American program with works of the leading American composers Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, with Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait.

We'll have a fun Family Concert called Heroes and Superheroes with music of on-screen superheroes such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and even James Bond and Harry Potter. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes of their favorite characters. The narrated story this year is The Little Engine that Could. We are also inviting some real life local heroes, including band director Henry Platt - more about this as we get closer to the event.

Our Season Finale features a hometown young musician returning to the USA after her studies in Berlin. Julia Glenn will perform the beautiful and melodic Violin Concerto by Glazunov. The grand climax to the concert and the season, Brahms' magnificent Symphony No. 1, is again the choice of the WSO players.

I hope our plans for the season please you and inspire to you subscribe to attend this wonderful series of musical favorites.

Musically yours,
Max Hobart

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at Walgreen's in Wellesley, Wellesley Books, Steinert Pianos in Natick, on-line ( and at the door.

There is plenty of free parking.

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Hailed as one of Boston's most versatile musicians, Max Hobart enjoys a highly respected position as a performer, conductor and teacher. Recently retired after 27 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hobart brings a rich perspective to his responsibilities as Music Director of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra.

While Assistant Concertmaster of the BSO under Erich Leinsdorf, Willian Steinberg and Seiji Ozawa and as featured soloist with the Pops under both Arthur Fiedler and John Williams, Hobart performed concerts at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall and on frequent radio and television broadcasts as well as on numerous recordings for Phillips, DGG, Nonesuch and RCA. Concert tours have taken him throughout the United States and South America, Canada, Europe, Japan, the Soviet Union and China.

Prior to his arrival in Boston, Max Hobart was a violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, the National Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. As Concertmaster, he served the Boston Opera Company and the Handel and Haydn Society under Thomas Dunn in addition to the BSO and Pops.

A frequent guest conductor throughout the region and beyond, Hobart has led performances with the Boston Pops, the Pops Esplanade, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the New York All-State Orchestra and the Port Au Prince Symphony in Haiti, among others.

Max Hobart's diverse musicianship is augmented by a calling to share his knowledge and inspiration with his many students. His teaching engagements have included terms at Boston University, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center.

All concerts held at MassBay Community College Auditorium, 50 Oakland St, Wellesley, MA

New season ticket holders buy one, get one FREE. Email or leave a message at (781) 235-0515 for information.

The 2017 - 2018 Season

Purchase your Season Subscription for 2017-2018 here!
October 8, 2017 - All Beethoven *
Consecration of the House Overture
Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb, Mana Tokuno, piano
Symphony No. 6 in F (Pastoral)
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November 19, 2017*
Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Owen Young, cello (BSO)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Get tickets for our November concert here!

December 17, 2017 - Christmas is for Kids
A visit from Santa and young performers.
Winner of "Two Front Teeth Contest"
*know anyone who wants to sing about missing a tooth?

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February 11, 2018 - All American *
Bernstein: Candide Overture
Copland: A Lincoln Portrait, celebrity narrator TBA
Gershwin: An American in Paris
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March 18, 2018 - Family Concert - Heroes and Superheroes
featuring Instrument Petting Zoo and show'n'tell
Winner of the WSO Young Soloist Competition
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May 6, 2016 - Season Finale *
Delibes: "Cortege" from Sylvia Ballet
Glazunov: Violin Concerto, Julia Glenn, violin
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
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* Subscription concerts include a pre-concert talk with Leslie Holmes at 2:15

Tickets will be available in September, 2017 at
Walgreens (266 Washington St, Wellesley)
Wellesley Books (82 Central St, Wellesley) on-line (above),
and at the Ticket Table at MassBay an hour before the concert.

Concerts from last Season

Sunday, October 16, 3:00pm* All Beethoven!
Overture to Prometheus, Romance for Violin, Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" Subscription series*

This all Beethoven concert featured his Symphony No 3, Overture to Prometheus, and Romance in F for violin - featuring Subaiou Zhang.

Sunday, November 20, 3:00pm* Opera and Beyond Celebrating the World of Wellesley

The Wellesley Symphony welcomes baritone John Castillo with operatic arias by Mozart, Rossini, and Bizet. Rossini - "The Barber of Seville" Overture, Dvorak - Two Slavonic Dances and Enescu - Roumanian Rhapsody no. 1

Sunday, December 18, 3:00pm - - Holiday Pops! Nancy Hoffmann Gerber, soprano with Douglas Gerber, guest conductor

Vocal selections from "Suddenly Christmas Eve" by Stephen Gerber
Our traditional "Two Front Teeth" Contest Winner, the audience holiday singalong, a visit from Santa and much, much more. Fun for the whole family

Sunday, February 5, 3:00pm* - - Classical Potpourri Tribute to Joseph Silverstein featuring BSO violinist Lucia Lin

Guest artists: Wellesley High School Chamber Orchestra
Sergey Khanukaev, guest conductor
William Grant Still - Dances of Panama Debussy - Children's Corner Suite Bruch - Scottish Fantasy, Lucia Lin, violin, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, March 19, 3:00pm -- Wellesley Symphony Family Concert Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month at the WSO Family Concert, spotlighting musicians from the Wellesley Public Schools and the winner of the 2016 Young Soloist competition

Tubby the Tuba and much more. Narrated and hosted by Brian Hagar-McKee. At 1:30 try the instruments at our instrument petting zoo, and at 2:15 enjoy the Show'n'tell with Leslie Holmes.

1:30 Try the Instruments at our Instrument petting zoo
2:15 Show'n'tell with Leslie Holmes

Sunday, May 7, 3:00pm* - - All Russian Season Finale featuring pianist Victor Li

The Wellesley Symphony presents Victor Li with Tchakovsky's Piano Concerto #1.
Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet Ballet Suite No. 2

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Play with us! -- Violinists / Violists / Cellists / Bassists

You'll love playing with us -- click on 'Tickets & Concerts' to see the season.

Rehearsals begin in early August 30, 2017 Wednesdays 7:15-10:00pm MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills
just off Route 9, near Riverside and Woodland T stops.

Interested? Questions? You know someone who might like to play with us? Contact manager@wellesleysymphony.orgor leave a message at (781) 235-0515

"Max brings a rare level of musicianship and leadership to the orchestra. I learn at every rehearsal and concert!" - WSO violinist

Click here for the rehearsal schedule.

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Our mailing address is: Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 81860, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
You can also leave a voice message at (781) 235-0515

Our 2017-2018 Season

Dear Friends of the WSO, Welcome to the 69th season of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra (WSO). Founded as the Wellesley Community Orchestra in 1948 by two Wellesley residents, Rolland Tapley and Mrs. William H. Vogel, the Orchestra played in various locations in Wellesley, Framingham and Littleton before settling into our current home at MassBay Community College.

At present, the WSO is a regional orchestra, with players coming from 41 different communities. They come for the opportunity to play under Music Director/Conductor Max Hobart, a long-time member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and to make incredible music together. I have heard audience members, upon leaving one of our concerts, say they don't need to go into Boston to hear fine orchestral music when they have the WSO in their back yard! And parking is plentiful and easy!

Our mission is "to provide high quality orchestral performances for and by members of Wellesley and other greater Boston communities; to provide opportunities for young and professional soloists; to commission and/or premier works by regional composers, and to collaborate with public schools and other educational and community organizations."

Our Young Soloist competition, "Two Front Teeth" contest, Family Concert and collaboration with Wellesley Middle and High School musicians contribute to the fulfillment of this mission. We could not accomplish this, however, were it not for our 34-year residency at MassBay Community College, financial support from local and regional businesses, grant support from local cultural councils and organizations, donations by local merchants and the generosity of people like you. Thank you!

The 2017-18 season promises to be magnificent. Do read Max's letter and study the music offered on our six concerts. We, again, begin our season with an allBeethoven concert, including his incomparable Piano Concerto No. 2. Last season's "Beethoven Blast" was very successful! Our soloists are amazingly accomplished, as usual.

I'll share my knowledge of the music and composers at the 2:15 pre-concert talks before subscription concerts. Do come!

I hope to see you throughout the season!

Leslie M. Holmes, President

The WSO counts on your individual support! Please send your tax-deductible contributions to the above address or you can contribute securely via this link.

Please indicate your name as you would like it to appear on the program. For further information, please call (781) 235-0515 or email

History of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1948 as the Wellesley Community Orchestra, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra was the brainchild of Wellesley residents: BSO violinist Rolland Tapley and Mrs. William Vogler. Maestro Tapley served as music director and conductor for nearly thirty years, offering three or four concerts each season, including a Pops Concert and a Youth Concert. Performances were held in various locations in Wellesley, Littleton and Framingham. Mr. Tapley retired in 1973 and was succeeded by Robert J. Prins (1972-1991) and Michael Webster (1992-1993). Max Hobart has been at the helm since 1993. Since 1984 the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra has been orchestra-in-residence at MassBay Community College.

Leslie Holmes, WSO President

Soloist, narrator, teacher, writer, and Wellesley College alumna, Leslie is an exciting performer rich with experience on radio, stage and in the classroom. Her vibrancy and expertise draw voice students from all over Boston, and she thrives on developing young artists who benefit from her dynamic experience. Leslie is also on the Board of Boston Singers Resource, Hosts the Cabaret Open Mic at the Amazing Things Arts Center, and is on the Advisory Board of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists and the Maud Powell Society.

The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra
Music Director
Max Hobart
Assistant Conductor
David Archibald
Board of Directors
Leslie Holmes
College Liaison
Dante DeGruttola
Vice President
Jan Schwaner
Young Soloist Competition
Dianne Mahany
Elaine Wu
Tim Hill
Susan Chudd
Penny Post
Carol Davidson
Douglas Olsen
Associate Directors
Norman Abbot
Julian Marsh
Jennifer Belli
Sandra O'Connor
Wil Breden
Bill Costley
Honorary Board
Julia Scott Carey
Virgina Eskin
Bayla Keyes
Laura Carlo
John Finney
Thomas Oboe Lee
Ron Della Chiesa
John Harbison
Ned Rorem
Phyllis Curtin
Robert Honeysucker
Jayne West
Thanks to the Mass Cultural Council

The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition

In November each year, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra conducts its Young Soloist Competition. The Competition is generously hosted by the Dana Hall School of Music, whose Music Building at 103 Grove Street in Wellesley provides a friendly atmosphere and well appointed rooms for musicians and their accompanists to warm up and to perform for the judges. The audition room has two pianos.

The 2018 competition will be held on a Saturday in November, date to be announced. Here is a link to the 2017 application, which will remain about the same in 2018. There is no application fee.

Each participant selects a concerto movement suitable to be performed with the WSO at our March 2018 Family Concert at MassBay Community College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Auditions should be about 10 minutes long, and each participant is responsible for making arrangements with an accompanist. In addition to performing with the orchestra, the winner receives a $500 award.

NOTE: Applications for the WSO Young Soloist Competition are posted here on or before Labor Day each year. If you have any questions about the competition at any time, please contact Dianne Mahany by email at or by telephone at 978-443-5212. It is important to apply early; for the past several years, all slots have been filled almost 2 weeks before the published application deadline, and a waiting list has been put in place.

We have a wonderful group of participants each year, including about 30 young musicians up to the age of 18 (the youngest in recent memory was 8 years old.) We welcome all orchestral instrumentalists and pianists to our competition. (It is always very difficult for the four judges - including Max Hobart, our Music Director, and David Archibald, our Assistant Conductor - to make a selection. We have occasionally chosen a runner-up.)

2017 Competition Winner - Hayden Idson

Our 2017 winner is 12-year-old Hayden Idson, a wonderful cellist who is a seventh-grader at the Park School in Brookline. Hayden played the first movement (and coda from the last movement) of the Saint-Sa&0235;ns Concerto #1, and it was a stunning performance.

Hayden began his cello studies at the age of 4 1/2 with Sandy Kiefer at the Longy School of Music, and has been a student of Michael Bonner since 2013. Hayden will perform with the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra at the March 18, 2018, concert. He will turn 13 just a few days before!

Hayden appeared as a soloist for the first time at the age of 10 with the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, playing the first two movements of Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor. In the subsequent year, he was invited to perform Tchaikovsky's Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62, with both the Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra and the Brockton Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to winning the 2017 Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition, Hayden won first place in the 2017 Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, and placed second in both the 2017 Philharmonic Society of Arlington Young Artists Competition and the 2017 New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition.

In his free time, Hayden likes to play the erhu and piano, run track, and compose music.

October 8, 2017*
Mana Tokuno, piano
November 19, 2017*
Owen Young, Cello
December 17, 2017
Christmas is for kids
February 11, 2018*
All American
Copland, Gershwin
March 18, 2018
Family Concert!
Try the Instruments!
May 6, 2018*
Glazunov, Brahms
Julia Glenn, violin
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