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Boston Festival Orchestra, in its 2nd season, closes series

Boston Festival Orchestra: Parramore, Wang, Kahn
From left, Allison Parramore, Alyssa Wang and Evan Khan.

UPDATED July 30: The Boston Festival Orchestra is concluding its second season's summer program tomorrow.

Last June, the orchestra, which has Arlington connections, opened its initial season as the first musical ensemble to bring live orchestra back to Boston after a year and a half.

Alyssa Wang, principal conductor, is to lead the performance in Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory on July 31 at 3 p.m. Also to be played is Maurice Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 8. And, venturing into contemporary music, the orchestra is set to perform David LePage’s "Sleep Softly" in its finale concert on July 31, featuring solos from concertmaster Jae Cosmos Lee.

Mainstage program

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The Boston Festival Orchestra was founded in 2019 by two recent New England Conservatory graduates: Wang and Nicholas Brown, executive director and Arlington resident. In 2021, the orchestra became the first musical organization to again present live full orchestra concerts in Boston, more than a year after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Initially formed to address the lack of summer classical-music opportunities for area musicians and its summer community, the orchestra has grown into a multifaceted nonprofit organization, featuring professional talent, and with involvement in a growing number of local charitable organizations.

See video excerpt from season one: Carlos Simon, "Warmth From Other Suns," and Sergei Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1, “Classical” >> 

Concert details

Afterglow: July 17th, 3pm in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

The Boston Festival Orchestra makes a triumphant return to the stage in "Afterglow," the opening concert of the 2022 Summer Mainstage season! Join conductor Alyssa Wang and BFO musicians at Jordan Hall on July 17 for a delightful afternoon of summertime classical music for your friends and family. Luxuriate in the luminous atmosphere of Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and revel in Beethoven's jubilant Symphony No. 2. Emerging artist, Evan Kahn, joins the BFO as cello soloist, performing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. 

Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme

Beethoven, Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Evan Kahn, soloist

Alyssa Wang, conductor


Silhouette: July 24th, at 3pm in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

Join the Boston Festival Orchestra for an exciting Summer Mainstage concert on July 24 in Boston's historic Jordan Hall! BFO Principal Flute Allison Parramore takes center stage as soloist in Cécile Chaminade's enchanting Concertino for Flute. The orchestra will also perform the tragic and vividly imagined Pelléas et Mélisande Suite by French composer Gabriel Fauré, and the beloved Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Johannes Brahms. Perfect for a summer afternoon, "Silhouette" explores the meaning behind the music and the beauty of narrative through sound. 

Fauré, Pelléas et Mélisande

Chaminade, Concertino for Flute

Brahms, Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Allison Parramore, soloist

Alyssa Wang, conductor


Reverie: July 31st, 3pm in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

You are invited to the grand season finale of the Boston Festival Orchestra's second season on July 31 in Jordan Hall! Joined by Boston's incredible professional musicians, conductor Alyssa Wang takes you through a musical journey that ends the Summer Mainstage season with a bang! This concert awakens delicately with Sleep Softly by British composer David LePage, but soon emerges from slumber into the enchanting sound world of Maurice Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin, finishing out with Dvorak's exuberant Symphony No. 8 in G Major. Bring your friends and family to this perfect summertime event--you won't want to miss the final concert of the season.

LePage, Sleep Softly

Ravel, Tombeau de Couperin

Dvorak, Symphony No. 8 in G Major

Alyssa Wang, conductor

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This news announcement was published Sunday, March 20, 2022, and updated July 25.

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