It’s hard to believe that another Claflin Hill Symphony season is nearing it’s conclusion! It seems as though it was only a few weeks ago that I was writing some “blog” installments talking about the opening concert in November, and “BAM” – we’re about to enter April and present the final concerts of both the CHSO Symphony Series and the CHSO Alternatives Chamber Series.
Just yesterday, we presented our Annual CHSO Family Symphony Matinee concert, which always features our Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies students performing alongside of their CHSO mentors. It was an inspiring and exciting afternoon! The biggest audience we’ve ever had for the Sunday Matinee, and a phenomenal program of music by the great composers that was used in movies and cartoons!
Our CHYS kids were outstanding – and there were times when you couldn’t tell the difference between the professional CHSO and the students! Really !!!
Coming up on Friday, April 7th, we close out the Fifth season of the CHSO Alternatives Chamber Music Series at the Singh Performance Center in the Alternatives Whitin Mill in Whitinsville.
The program is entitled, “Paul Surapine – Family & Friends” – yes I have a few of each!) – and features my sister, Beth Surapine on Piano, and my son, Zachary on Violin, along with some special “student/friends” from my teaching studio at the Rhode Island Philharmonic School of Music.
Beth and I used to perform together extensively between the mid-1980s and 2005 or so. She’s really about the best piano accompanist I’ve ever played with – maybe it’s a “sibling thing” but it’s almost as if we don’t need to rehearse – we both know exactly how each of us are going to play a certain phrase and it just comes together like magic. She performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with us in 2005 – that concert still stands out as one of our most memorable evenings!
For this “reunion” concert, we’ve picked out some of our favorite oldies from recitals past – the Finzi “Bagatelles”, Lutaslowski “Dance Preludes”, and some great arrangements by my revered teacher Kalmen Opperman and my fellow Opperman student Dick Stoltzman of everything from Chopin to jazz to New Age.
Zachary is going to join his Dad and Auntie to play the Darius Milhaud “Suite for Clarinet, Violin and Piano” – a work we’ve played together once or twice. Zach is all grown up now – as a little boy, he used to play games in the Town Hall with his brother Josh after they helped load in equipment for the concerts – now he’s playing violin in the halls and is becoming an integral part of the orchestra that grew up alongside of him. Kind of a nice thing to see happen!
That program, together with our CHSO Season Finale, “Road Trip!” – which features Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” – one of my very favorite pieces in the world – is going to make for a very emotional end of this – our Seventeenth CHSO Season, and it WAS a Very Good Year.