Claflin Hill Unleashes Whirlwind of Concerts to Bring Audience Into Spring

The Claflin Hill Symphony is preparing for a busy month of March as it continues its Eighteenth Season, “Coming of Age.”  This year, the orchestra has been taking its audience on a musical “world tour” – having opened the season with music from Germany and Austria, and recently visited Russia on its February 3rd “Russian Romance” concert – which played to the largest audience ever at CHSO outside of “Holiday Pops.”

On Saturday evening, March 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM, at Milford Town Hall, 52 Main Street, Milford, the CHSO convenes for “Iberian Legends” featuring music inspired by Spain. Centerpieces of the program include German composer Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem, “Don Quixote” base on the novel by Cervantes which depicts a Spanish nobleman who imagines himself a “Knight” from the times chivalry, in search of adventures.   Connecticut based Classical Guitarist Daniel Salazar returns to solo with the orchestra in Spanish Composer Joaquin Rodrigo’s popular and beloved “Concerto de Aranjuez.”  Also on the program is Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marques – a piece become popular world-wide though a video that went “viral” several years ago.  Ernesto Lecuona’s “Malaguena” closes the program with Salazar as soloist.

“This has been a spectacular season so far,” said Paul Surapine, Founding Executive & Artistic Director.   “Every single concert has surpassed the previous one – the extreme virtuoso playing of our orchestra just seems to become even more beautiful and passionate with each performance.  Not only that, but our audience is GROWING!  The February 3rd had the largest single audience in Claflin Hill history, with the exception of Holiday Pops concerts.”  With five more performances to come in March and April, CHSO has already equaled to the total number of attendance from the previous entire season.  Tickets range from $40 to $25 and can be purchased on line at www.claflinhill.org  

Claflin Hill-Apple Tree Arts Chamber Music Series . . . .

The Claflin Hill Apple Tree Arts Chamber Music series concludes its Inaugural Season on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the “Great Hall” at One Grafton Common, on the Common in Grafton, the home of Apple Tree Arts community music school. 

This VERY successful inaugural season has seen capacity audiences at both of its first concerts this season.  The Series Finale, “Woodwind Hi-Jinks” features the Claflin Hill Symphony Woodwind Quintet, with Lori Halt, Flute; Geraldine Johnson, Oboe” Patty Yee, Bassoon; Neil Godwin, French Horn; and Surapine on Clarinet, performing a wide variety of great music from the Woodwind Quintet repertoire, including music of Hindemith, Beethoven, Ibert, Arnold and more.   Tickets range from $19 to $15 and can be purchased on line at www.claflinhill.org  

“We’re really excited about the success of our first season in Grafton,” said Surapine.  “It’s a beautiful venue, great acoustics, an intimate setting for experiencing great music and the partnership with Apple Tree Arts has been a key element in our success.  Bringing established CHSO audience members to Grafton for a new experience, and Apple Tree Arts members are experiencing Claflin Hill as well – many for the first time.

This partnership is helping to strengthen and grow an expanding web of community and culture throughout our region.”

CHSO Family Matinee . . . .

The Annual Claflin Hill Family Symphony Matinee takes place on Sunday, March 25th, at 3 PM in the Milford Town Hall.  Tickets range from $12 to $8 and can be purchased on line at www.claflinhill.org   This concert features an “Instrument Petting Zoo” before and after the concert, where audience members can try out the many orchestra instruments.  The Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies ensembles also join their professional CHSO Mentors for a joint “Side by Side” performance. The theme of this year’s Matinee program is “Students and Teachers” and will feature several works that showcase teachers in the CHSO performing directly with their teachers.   Music of Mozart, Bach, Bizet, John Williams and more will be featured.   The CHSO Family Symphony Matinee is a perfect first-time experience for young children from 5 years and up, as well as people of all ages who enjoy a wonderful afternoon concert in the early spring!

CHSO Milford Federal Jazz at the Mill  . . . .

The Inaugural Season of the “CHSO Milford Federal Jazz at the Mill” series concludes on Friday, March 30 at 7:30 PM in the Singh Performance Center in the Alternatives Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, 01588.

This performance features The Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz.  Hofbauer is joined by CHSO Clarinetist Todd Brunel, along with Junko Fujiwara on Cello, Curt Newton on Drums, and Jerry Sabatini on Trumpet.  The group performs many original Hofbauer arrangements of great works taken the 20th symphony and chamber music repertoire, including music of Igor Stravinsky, Duke Ellington, Charles Ives and Olivier Messaien.  These groundbreaking arrangements and performances create a direct link and bridge between so called “classical” music and jazz improvisation. 

“The first year of our new Milford Federal Jazz at the Mill Series has been very successful and has brought many NEW audience members to Claflin Hill,” said Surapine.  “It is important for CHSO to include Jazz in its mission of promoting and creating professional culture performances.   It is, after all, an original American cultural creation, born of the experience of African American slaves, but later of many other Americans as they built this country and became “American.  We look forward to many more seasons of Jazz at Alternatives.”

Tickets range from $19 to $15 and can be purchased on line at www.claflinhill.org, as well as tickets to all other CHSO Events.  All venues that CHSO performs in are Handicapped Accessible, and can also accommodate Handicapped Seating. 

The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, a regional, professional symphony orchestra based in Milford MA is preparing for the opening of its Eighteenth consecutive symphony season in The Grand Ballroom of its home venue in Milford Town Hall on November 4, 2017.

To kick things off, we are launching two complementary and new performance series offerings – “The Milford Federal Jazz at the Mill” series, set to open on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the Alternatives Whitin Mill Singh Performance Center, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville – and the Claflin Hill – Apple Tree Arts Chamber Music Series, which opens on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the newly refurbished “Great Hall” at One Grafton Common, the home of Apple Tree Arts, a regional community music school.


Claflin Hill announces the year of the teacher!

Throughout the 2017-18 Claflin Hill Symphony Season, we will be celebrating Music Teachers.  

Claflin Hill has – from its inception – always been dedicated to the nurturing and furtherance of music education for young people.  Our Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies program has grown exponentially in each of the last four years – we now have over 100 students from almost 40 communities participating.