Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827, Symphony No. 3, Op. 55, E-flat Maj
Sunday, April 21st, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Swampscott High School Auditorium, 200 Essex Street, Swampscott
Richard Wagner (1813-83), Siegfried's Funeral March from Götterdämmerung
W.A. Mozart (1756-91),Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364, E-flat Major
Robert Lehmann, violin, Kimberly Lehmann, viola
Bela Bartok 1881-1945, Concerto for orchestra
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Originally founded as the Lynn Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946 by a group of fifteen North Shore musicians, the Orchestra assumed the name North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra in the fall of 1947 and commenced a remarkable musical legacy which celebrated its Sixtieth Anniversary in 2007.
In the Orchestra's second half-century, Music Director Robert Lehmann continues the tradition of grand classical performances and community involvement for which the North Shore Philharmonic has become known. Mr. Lehmann succeeds Hisao Watanabe, who served one year as Music Director (1996-1997) before leaving to pursue other musical commitments, and follows the legacies of the Orchestra's first two Music Directors, Rolland Tapley and Max Hobart.
The Orchestra grew and prospered in its first 25 years under Rolland Tapley, a first violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It was Mr. Tapley who established the tradition of Sunday afternoon concerts frequently featuring soloists of international renown.
After Mr. Tapley's retirement in 1973, his Boston Symphony deskmate Max Hobart was appointed Music Director of the NSPO; and under Mr. Hobart, the NSPO ascended new heights as the vibrant conductor challenged the Orchestra with such monumental works as Verdi's Requiem, Mahler's Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which Mr. Hobart led twice, including his farewell performance on May 19, 1996.
Through the years, the NSPO has been the stage for soloists such as violinist Joseph Silverstein, guest conductors including Arthur Fiedler and Harry Ellis Dickson and innumerable young prodigy. The Orchestra has had a presence, as well, with special performances in North Shore communities highlighting historic local events such as the 350th Commemoration of the Salem Witch Trials, the Bicentennial Celebration of the birth of George Peabody and the 100th Anniversary of Revere Beach. Since 1976, the Orchestra annually has performed "The Sounds of Christmas Concert" at St. Anthony's Church in Revere. Renamed The Robert A. Marra Memorial Sounds of Christmas Concert in 2002 in memory of the Orchestra's late charter member and concertmaster, this free concert has raised tons of donated food for needy families.
In recent years, Music Director Robert Lehmann has continued the Orchestra's collaboration with local arts groups such as the Paul Madore Chorale and introduced our audience to talented soloists, among them violinists Yuri Mazurkevich and Peter Zazofsky, flutist Renee Krimsier, and oboist Neil Boyer. To conclude the Orchestra's 60th anniversary season in 2008 the NSPO and the Paul Madore Chorale welcomed singers from the Swampscott High School Chorus in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, marking the first-ever non-school sponsored event at the magnificent new Swampscott High School, which has become the Orchestra's new home base. In April, 2009, the Orchestra presented its first fully-staged opera with the University of Southern Maine Opera performing Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.
The NSPO comprises approximately 65 musicians, mostly volunteers, and includes students, freelance musicians and retirees whose talents and love for the classical repertoire are unmatched. The Orchestra is staffed by an all volunteer administrative staff which oversees all non-musical aspects of every performance. If you would like to become part of this venerable organization as a musician or volunteer, please Contact us.
The North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, a community orchestra staffed largely by volunteer players and supporters, is committed to providing access to quality music at an affordable price to communities on Boston's North shore; to developing, training and providing opportunities for young musicians; and to providing a large range of programs covering the full range of symphonic and pops repertoire for a diverse public, focusing primarily on instrumental works but also including instrumental/vocal and choral works.
Contact the orchestra via US mail, email or phone at:
North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra
P.O. Box 461
Danvers, MA 01923-0761
Phone: (781) 286-0024