Director’s Message

Welcome to our upcoming 12th season, which is already proving to be an exciting one! I am very proud of our town’s orchestra and I always look forward to each new season. The quality of the orchestra continues to grow from season to season, largely because there is so little attrition. Yes, students graduate and jobs get transferred, but those natural occurrences have not affected the WHSO because this wonderful community orchestra annually attracts new members to fill any voids that have arisen. As a result, the core membership of the orchestra remains strong and steady. As a result, the orchestra consistently improves as a performing organization.

Looking at the season ahead, 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, WHSO