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Where did you grow up?  Indianapolis. Where do you currently live?  Boston, MA.  What instruments do you play?  Violin and viola. Educational background:  BM from Butler University; MM from University of Michigan. How did you get started in music?  Public School. Read More

Where did you grow up?  Claremont, CA. Where do you currently live?  Jamaica Plain, MA.  What instruments do you play?  Violin and Baroque violin. Educational background:  University of Southern California Thornton School of Music: Bachelor and Master of Music, Violin Performance with Eudice Shapiro. Family, Pets, Kids:  Mother, Father retired in Claremont, CA. My older brother is a civil… Read More

Praised by the Boston Globe for his “cool clarity of expression,” violinist Charles Dimmick enjoys a varied and distinguished career as concertmaster, soloist, and chamber musician.  As one of New England’s most sought-after orchestral musicians, he is concertmaster of the Portland Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, appears regularly as concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra,… Read More

Wolfgang Amadè Mozart Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 17 in G major, K. 453 Wolfgang Amadè Mozart (he never used “Amadeus” except when making a joke) was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1756 and died in Vienna in 1791. He composed this concerto for his student Babette Ployer in 1784. The first known performance… Read More

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy after Shakespeare Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia in 1840 and died in St. Petersburg in 1893. He composed Romeo and Juliet in 1869, revised the score extensively in 1870 and reworked the ending in 1880. The first performance took place in Moscow in 1870 with… Read More

Ernest Bloch Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello & Orchestra Ernest Bloch was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1880 and died in Portland, Oregon in 1959. He composed this work in 1915-1916, and led the first performance in Carnegie Hall, New York with Hans Kindler the soloist. The score calls for solo cello, 3 flutes, piccolo,… Read More

Lisa Hennessy has been the PSO’s principal flutist since 2000.  She is also principal flutist with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and performs regularly with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Pops, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and others.  She also enjoys performing with Inside Out, her woodwind quintet.  Lisa teaches at… Read More

Wolfgang Amadè Mozart Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504, “Prague” Wolfgang Amadè Mozart (he never used “Amadeus” except when making a joke) was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1756 and died in Vienna in 1791. He composed his Symphony No. 38 in Vienna in December 1786, and it was first performed in Prague… Read More

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Beethoven 250: Eroica

Eckart Preu, Music Director
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