Chamber Music Concert Series Planned At Alternatives In Northbridge

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Members of the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra perform recently at a Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce event. A series of chamber music concerts by members of Claflin Hill is planned at Alternatives, Inc. beginning Oct. 26. Photo Credit: Deborah E. Gauthier

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. - The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra is partnering with Alternatives, Inc. to launch a new chamber music series beginning October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Singh Performance Center at the Alternatives Whitin Mill, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville.

The series will include three evening concerts this year, and two planned Jan. 18 and April 12, 2013.

Each concert will feature small ensembles of musicians from Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, based in Milford, which has been cited by WGBH music commentator Ron Della Chiesa as “one of the finest regional orchestras in the country, bar none.” 

Claflin Hill is entering its 13th season of symphony orchestra concerts which are performed Saturday in the Milford Town Hall Grand Ballroom.

The opening concert of the series will present the Claflin Hill Symphony String Quartet made up of the principal string players and joined by CHSO executive and artistic director Paul Surapine on clarinet performing the music of Mozart and Brahms as well as a set of “Tango” music.

“We are very excited about this new series at Claflin Hill,” said Surapine.  “It is an opportunity to bring the world-class excellence of our orchestra to a new community and a new audience.  Chamber music concerts are more intimate in their nature – performed in smaller halls than the large symphony space, and allow both audience and musicians to come closer together in the sharing of a profound cultural experience. 

“The term “chamber music” comes out of its historical context as music that was once performed in people’s homes, as in “living room chambers.”   The Singh Performance Center – with its smaller capacity, stadium seating and excellent acoustics is an excellent venue for this new series to be born in and grow.  We are hoping that many of our established audience in Milford will join us in Whitinsville on these Friday evenings, and become exposed to the ongoing cultural events at Alternatives as well, and perhaps new audiences from the Valley will make the journey to Milford to experience the full power of the entire symphony also.”

Tickets are $19 with open seating, and may be purchased through www.claflinhill.org   or by calling 508-478-5924.

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