Director’s Message

Welcome to our upcoming 12th season, which is already proving to be an exciting one! This wonderful community orchestra continues to attract new members and improve as a performing unit. I am very proud of our town’s orchestra and I always look forward to each new season.

Our opening concert, “Russia Meets America,” will feature music by Rachmaninoff as well as music that was supposed to sound like Rachmaninoff, namely Richard Addinsell’s “Warsaw Concerto,” performed by Kingswood Oxford senior, pianist Samuel Wiseman. The American half will feature radio talk-show host Brad Davis narrating the “Gettysburg Address,” accompanied by the WHSO in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s speech.

Our Holiday Concert will feature the wonderful soprano, Margaret Astrup, who is joining us for the first time. In March we are bringing back by popular demand the multi-media piece that includes seven actors and video projections, “Ellis Island – The Dream of America,” written by Hartt College’s Peter Boyer. Our annual Pops concert will feature two exciting guest performers from New York City, Brian Henry and Timatha Kasten performing Broadway favorites.

I look forward to seeing you at our concerts!

Richard Chiarappa
Music Director

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