Our second concert of the 2018-2019 Season

Our 70th Season!


John Castillo, superb young baritone

  • Selection of Arias from: ** Rossini – La Scala di Seta Overture ** Mozart – “Madamina! Il catalogo” from Don Giovanni ** Gounod – “Avant de quitter” from Faust ** Leonvallo – “Prologue - Si puo?” from I Pagliacci
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 5, op. 64 in E minor

Pre-concert talk by Leslie Holmes begins at 2:15pm.

Soloist- John Castillo

Baritone John Castillo is thrilled to return to the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra. Last year he performed with the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Max Hobart. He sang arias by Mozart, Menotti, Rossini and Bizet.

John has performed duets with singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals. He has been featured several times as a soloist for the Boston Revels and has performed in numerous recitals in the area. John is an accomplished drummer and enjoys singing classical, jazz and popular styles of music.

In Memorarium- Ray Rosenstock

Raymond Hugh Rosenstock passed away on April 23, 2018, at the age of 80 years. Ray's death was peaceful, surrounded by family, his loyal singers, and the music he loved.

Ray was a Professor of Music at Keene State College for 26 years, where he directed the Collegium Musicum ensemble. He was the world's foremost authority on the Renaissance composer Jean Maillard, and edited five volumes of his works. He went on to found and direct the Jean Maillard Singers, which presented biennial concerts at the Boston Early Music Festival since 2013. He also led a stalwart crew of sight singers that would show up most Monday evenings to sing through his vast archives of early music.

Ray was an enthusiastic member of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra for the past 20 years, and had the highest respect for Maestro Hobart and his conducting. He was also active in many other musical ensembles around the Boston area, including the New England Philharmonic, the MIT Summer Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the International Music Club, Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble, and Zornitsa, Bulgarian Men’s Chorus and Band. In addition to his prodigious musical accomplishments, Ray will be remembered as a Feldenkrais practitioner, a prodigious writer and author of "The Cult of Kashaknishra", a lover of Yiddish songs, and an avid folk and modern dancer. Ray was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He was always ready with a pun and always had a twinkle in his eye.