Brockton Symphony opens 65th season - The Canton connection
The skydiving James M. Orent will be back at the controls of the Brockton Symphony for the 2012-2013 season. He finds time during breaks from his playing and conducting duties with Boston Pops and brings a wealth of conducting and orchestral playing experience to the Brockton area. The orchestra will celebrate its 65th birthday this season and is one of the longest running community orchestras in the state. The first concert of the season will be at Oliver Ames High School in North Easton on Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 P.M. with a program of Brahms, Schubert and Bruch. Bruch’s violin concerto will be played by Miki Nagahara, the 2011 Feinberg Youth Competition winner. The remaining concerts will be in Brockton.
Dr. Irene Kelley will be one of the several Canton residents under the baton of Maestro Orent. Dr. Kelley joined the Brockton Symphony in 1957 and has played in the Wellesley Symphony for 25 years and the Sharon community Chamber Orchestra among others. She began her violin training with H.L. Conant in Taunton and continued while a student at Boston University where she played in the orchestra for 5 years, and where she met her husband, Dr. Thomas Kelley, for years, an ardent listener at the orchestra concerts. Irene Kelley has been a board member of the orchestra, secretary of the board, coordinator of the Feinberg Youth Competition, and donator of the silent auction materials for the concerts. An accomplished artist, she supervises the face-painting fun at the family concerts. Irene is the one who always sends flowers to members who are suffering an illness or a loss. She characterizes the symphony members as a “caring group of talented individuals,” none more caring or talented then she.
Susan Caplan has been with the symphony since 2006. Susan. She graduated from Wellesley College. Among her teachers was Doriot Anthony Dwyer, former principal flute with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She teaches flute in the Canton Public Schools and is on the board of Canton’s music booster group, “Music Counts,” and others. In addition to being co-principal flute with the orchestra, she holds a number of positions as a member of the board, executive committee, and finance committees. She coordinates most of the orchestra’s concerts and, with the orchestra’s printer is mainly responsible for the beautiful, professional grade programs for the orchestra’s concerts. She enjoys taking part in the “Petting Zoo” for young children at the orchestra’s free family concert “where it is a joy to experience their curiosity and share my love of music with them.” She also believes,” The Brockton Symphony players are like family to each other; the musicians truly enjoy working together, which brings their performance to an (even) higher level.”
Wayne King has been with symphony since 2007. He has studied trumpet with a number of fine teachers including Charles Schlueter, former principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has attended many trumpet workshops. In addition to his symphonic endeavors, playing for church services and accompanying the Jubilate Choral, he has an interest in Big Band music and has performed with Ginger Rogers, Peter Nero and Bob Hope. He is the principal trumpet with the Brockton Symphony. In addition, he coordinates and plays in the orchestra’s chamber music concert, this year to be held on March 10, 2013. Wayne says, “The orchestra is a wonderful mix of musical personalities and abilities, woven together by the inspirational leadership of Music Director James M. Orent and our board.” As do many of the musicians, he notes a highlight of “my career with the BrSO was the Mashpee Pops Concert in July 2011.” The orchestra played to a crowd of more than 10,000 excited listeners.
Jonathan So joined the orchestra just in time to play in the Mashpee Pops Concert. He studied both violin and piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. The conservatory had created a series of exams to aid in musical progression. Jonathan completed all ten levels in both violin and piano and completed the five levels in music theory. He has played solo performances, chamber music and in several orchestras. He has also tried his hand at composing and has been studying jazz on his own to broaden his musical knowledge. Jonathan says “I really like the dynamics of the group. From day one, the group made me feel included. … I especially like how Jim (Mr. Orent) tries to get the musical ideas through to us.” A member of the orchestra’s first violin section, Jonathan is typical of many of the talented musicians who have joined the orchestra during the past six years.
For information about the orchestra and the upcoming season: www.brocktonsymphony.org (508) 588-3841 or visit the orchestra on Facebook.