The Enchanted Violin
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Enchanted Violin

  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto Performed by Angel Valchinov

  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3

We open the season with two majestic and beloved works appearing for the first time  on the “menu.”

CHSO’s brilliant Concertmaster, Angel Valchinov performs as soloist in the vulnerable and unspeakably beautiful Sibelius Violin Concerto. The piece illustrates that not only do darkness and beauty coexist, they enhance each other.

Johannes Brahms “heroic” Third Symphony is a brave “monster” of a work with quickly changing character and huge sweeping melodies. The third movement is one  you’ll find familiar — it’s been used on television and film — even Frank Sinatra “borrowed” the tune for his song “Take My Love.”

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Holiday Pops 2018
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Holiday Pops 2018

Let us make your spirits merry and bright as the Grand Ballroom is transformed into a winter wonderland for all ages! Join us for everyone’s favorite holiday tradition featuring timeless classics like “Sleigh Ride,” “Stille Nacht,” a holiday sing-along and a visit from jolly ol’ St. Nick! Let’s ring in the Holidays!  For its fourth year, The Greater Milford Community Chorus, under the direction of Daniel Zabinski, continues its collaboration with the CHSO for this wonderful Holiday tradition!

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A Russian Love Story
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

A Russian Love Story

  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring Deyana Valchinova, Piano Soloist

  • Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

If you loved last season’s “Russian Romance” concert, you will love this concert too!  We return back to “Mother Russia” for a sumptuous and indulgent feast of Russian romanticism – Rachmaninoff’s gorgeous and emotional Second Symphony  and Sergei Prokofiev’s driving, visceral and energetic Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring Deyana Valchinova.

We know what you’re thinking…  Yes! Deyana is the sister of our Concertmaster, Angel Valchinov, and yes, CHSO is a family orchestra!

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Symphonic Serendipity
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Symphonic Serendipity

  • Copland: The Red Pony Suite

  • Vaughan Willliams: Variations on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

  • Special Guests: Sons of Serendip

CHSO’s mesmerizing Harpist, Mason Morton, brings his friends, “The Sons of Serendip” to the CHSO stage for an innovative “Pops” concert that will also feature music from film favorites, Broadway and more.

Sons of Serendip were finalists on America’s Got Talent and they’ve been performing across the country ever since!

Lights! Camera! Action! Join the party! Everyone is famous during this “Red Carpet” event!

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Touchstone for Humanity
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Touchstone for Humanity

  • Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

  • Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 “The Choral Symphony” Featuring The New World Chorale

In a world that seems to be increasingly turbulent and volatile, Ludwig van Beethoven’s final symphony, with its “Ode to Joy” based on the Schiller poem has become a “touchstone” for humanity – a musical masterpiece that can bring us all back to center and remind us that indeed, we are all brothers and sisters in this world, and to paraphrase JFK, “we all cherish our children’s futures.”

The New World Chorale joins the CHSO for our second performance of this masterpiece – which heralded the crumbling of dictatorships and repression in the 1990s and an ever brightening future.

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Home to the New World
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

Home to the New World

Dvorak:     Symphony No. 9 “The New World”

Copland:   Rodeo

Southard:  An Appalachian Trail Symphony,  World Premiere

Often, the best part of a long-journey is “coming home.”  We complete this whirlwind Coming of Age season by celebrating our own country – both from the perspective of a composer of the “Old World,” inspired on his first visit to America in the 1890s to pen his Ninth Symphony “The New World.” Dvorak’s work evokes the majesty, the beauty, the optimism and the possibilities of the American personality, accompanied by the “Dean” of American composers—Aaron Copland and his rambunctious and good humored “Rodeo.”  Vermont composer Keane Southard’s “An Appalachian Trail Symphony” –recently completed after his hike through New England on the Trail pays homage to the beauty of where we live. 

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CHSO Family Symphony Matinee
Mar
25
3:00 PM15:00

CHSO Family Symphony Matinee

Claflin Hill’s Annual Sunday Afternoon Family Concert tradition is back! This concertfeatures a “side-by-side” performance of the CHSO and the Claflin Hill Youth Orchestra.  This concert provides agreat “first symphony” outing for young children and families. The relaxed atmosphere in the Grand Ballroom makes this a great afternoon of music for all ages!

Join us for the Instrument Petting Zoo before and after the concert!

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Iberian Legends
Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

Iberian Legends

  • Márquez: Danzón No. 2
  • Rodrigo: Concerto de Aranjuez featuring Daniel Salazar, Guitar
  • Strauss: Don Quixote featuring CHSO Principal Cellist, Johann Soults

Our venture to all things Spanish begins with Joaquin Rodrigo’s noble and elegant “Concerto de Aranjuez” featuring the return solo performance from long-time CHSO friend, Daniel Salazar on guitar.  

Our own CHSO Principal Cellist, Johann Soults, takes on the mantle of “knighthood” as we set off on a “quest” in the Richard Strauss masterwork depicting the fabled but flawed hero of Cervantes.

The program also includes Mexican composer Arturo Márquez and his Danzón No. 2, a work for full orchestra with solos for clarinet, oboe, keyboard, violin, trumpet, and piccolo. (Please note that the substitution of Danzon is an update from the original program.)

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Russian Romance
Feb
3
7:30 PM19:30

Russian Romance

Rimsky Korsakov:  Scheherazade  featuring CHSO Concertmaster Angel Valchinov

Rachmaninoff:  Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring Beth Surapine, Piano Soloist

The next stop on our tour brings us to “Mother Russia” for a sumptuous and indulgent feast of Russian romanticism – featuring two magnificent and monumental icons of the genre – Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful depiction of the story-telling Princess Scheherazade and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 – one of the most loved romantic concertos of all time!

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Holiday Pops 2017
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

Holiday Pops 2017

Let us make your spirits merry and bright as the Grand Ballroom is transformed into a winter wonderland for all ages! Join us for everyone’s favorite holiday tradition featuring timeless classics like “Sleigh Ride,” “Stille Nacht,” a holiday sing-along and a visit from jolly ol’ St. Nick! Let’s ring in the Holidays together!  For its third year, The Greater Milford Community Chorus, under the direction of Daniel Zabinski, will join the CHSO for this wonderful Holiday tradition!

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Teutonic Titans
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Teutonic Titans

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

We begin our journal in Austria and Germany, opening with the majestic 'Symphony No. 7" of Ludwig van Beethoven, followed by the "Symphony No. 4" of Anton Bruckner.

What Beethoven started as a "romantic symphonic revolution," Bruckner brought to a culmination of Romanticism. 

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