The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

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December 13, 2015 -- Wellesley Symphony Holiday Pops featuring Megan Besciglia

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Jonah Ellsworth, Cello

The Wellesley Symphony presents cellist Jonah Ellsworth to play Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto and Julia Carey's "Wiegala"

Jonah Ellsworth has appeared with he Boston Symphony, Akron Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, and New Bedford Symphony. Referred to as a player to watch by the Boston Globe and, Jonah was featured as a soloist with the New Bedford Symphony on their regular subscription series in 2012, performed as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall, and with Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra under the baton of the late Gunther Schuller. Jonah was invited to be a participant at Marlboro Music Festival for 2014, 2015, and will return there again next summer.

Click here for more about Jonah Ellsworth.

All concerts held at MassBay Community College Auditorium, 50 Oakland St, Wellesley, MA

The Wellesley Symphony presents our very popular Holiday Pops Concert featuring Megan Besciglia. Music includes Julia Scott Carey's "The Legend of Old Befana", An Italian Christmas Story as retold by Tomie DePaola, many holiday favorites, our popular sing-along, and the winner of the WSO Two Front Teeth contest. And maybe Santa will drop by!

The concert is at MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street, at 3 PM.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12. They can be purchased at Walgreen's in Wellesley, Wellesley Books, Steinert Pianos in Natick, on-line (, at the door, or by calling 781-235-0515. There is plenty of free parking.

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Hailed as one of Boston's most versatile musicians, Max Hobart enjoys a highly respected position as a performer, conductor and teacher. Recently retired after 27 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hobart brings a rich perspective to his responsibilities as Music Director of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra.

While Assistant Concertmaster of the BSO under Erich Leinsdorf, Willian Steinberg and Seiji Ozawa and as featured soloist with the Pops under both Arthur Fiedler and John Williams, Hobart performed concerts at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall and on frequent radio and television broadcasts as well as on numerous recordings for Phillips, DGG, Nonesuch and RCA. Concert tours have taken him throughout the United States and South America, Canada, Europe, Japan, the Soviet Union and China.

Prior to his arrival in Boston, Max Hobart was a violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, the National Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. As Concertmaster, he served the Boston Opera Company and the Handel and Haydn Society under Thomas Dunn in addition to the BSO and Pops.

A frequent guest conductor throughout the region and beyond, Hobart has led performances with the Boston Pops, the Pops Esplanade, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the New York All-State Orchestra and the Port Au Prince Symphony in Haiti, among others.

Max Hobart's diverse musicianship is augmented by a calling to share his knowledge and inspiration with his many students. His teaching engagements have included terms at Boston University, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center.

All concerts held at MassBay Community College Auditorium, 50 Oakland St, Wellesley, MA

New season ticket holders buy one, get one FREE. Email or leave a message at (781) 235-0515 for information.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Walgreens (266 Washington St, Wellesley) Wellesley Books (82 Central St, Wellesley) •  M. Steinert & Sons
on-line (below), and at the Ticket Table at MassBay an hour before the concert.

Sunday, October 18, 3:00pm*

Subscription series*

All Beethoven! featuring pianist Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome playing Piano Concerto No. 1, the Egmont Overture, and the incomparable Symphony No. 5.

Sunday, November 22, 3:00pm*

Celebrating the World of Wellesley.
The Wellesley Symphony welcomes cellist Jonah Ellsworth for Elgar's Cello Concerto and Julia Scott Carey's "Wiegala - A Lullaby". Also Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeri" Overture and Brahms' Serenade No. 1.
Pre-concert talk with Leslie Holmes at 2:15

Sunday, December 13, 3:00pm

WSO Family Holiday Pops featuring Megan Besciglia

The WSO Family Holiday Pops features soprano Megan Besciglia and Julia Scott Carey's "The Legend of Old Befana" with narrator. Also, selections from "Messiah", holiday favorites, our popular sing-along, and the winner of the WSO Two Front Teeth contest. And maybe Santa will drop by. Click here to purchase December tickets on-line

Sunday, February 7, 3:00pm*

Ring in the Bells with the Wellesley Symphony, featuring mezzo-soprano Rebecca Krouner.

The Wellesley Symphony welcomes mezzo-soprano Rebecca Krouner to sing "On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring" by Frederic Delius, and Edward Elgar's "Sea Pictures" - A Cycle of Five Songs for Contralto. And presenting Kelly Farewell on our symphonic chimes in David Archibald's new work "Ringing Changes." The concert ends with Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 6.

Pre-concert talk with Leslie Holmes at 2:15

Sunday, March 13, 3:00pm

Wellesley Symphony Family Concert Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month at the WSO Family Concert, spotlighting musicians from the Wellesley Public Schools and the winner of the 2015 Young Soloist competition.

The program includes Victor Herbert's "Irish Rhapsody" and much more. Narrated and hosted by Brian Hagar-McKee. At 1:30 try the instruments at our instrument petting zoo, and at 2:15 enjoy the Show'n'tell with Leslie Holmes.

Sunday, May 1, 3:00pm*

Brahms, von Reznicek and Copland with the Wellesley Symphony featuring MaeLynn Arnold and Seth MacLeod

The Wellesley Symphony presents Emil von Reznicek's 'Donna Diana' Overture and Aaron Copland's "Red Pony Suite". MaeLynn Arnold and Seth MacLeod are featured in Johannes Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello.

Pre-concert talk with Leslie Holmes at 2:15

** Painting by Howie Green of the Wellesley Symphony. Mr. Green donated this picture, based on a picture by Mickey Goldin, to MassBay Community College in February of 2015. His work can be seen at
Play with us! -- Violinists / Violists / Cellists / Bassists

You'll love playing with us -- this season includes Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Brahms Serenade No. 1, Dvorak Symphony No. 6, plus Copland, Elgar, Rossini and many more. Click on 'Tickets & Concerts' to see the season.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:15-10:00pm MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills
just off Route 9, near Riverside and Woodland T stops.

Interested? Questions? You know someone who might like to play with us? Contact

"Max brings a rare level of musicianship and leadership to the orchestra. I learn at every rehearsal and concert!" - WSO violinist

Rehearsals have started and are Wednesday nights at 7:15, MassBay in Wellesley Hills. Click here for the rehearsal schedule.

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Our mailing address is: Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 81860, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
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History of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1948 as the Wellesley Community Orchestra, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra was the brainchild of Wellesley residents: BSO violinist Rolland Tapley and Mrs. William Vogler. Maestro Tapley served as music director and conductor for nearly thirty years, offering three or four concerts each season, including a Pops Concert and a Youth Concert. Performances were held in various locations in Wellesley, Littleton and Framingham. Mr. Tapley retired in 1973 and was succeeded by Robert J. Prins (1972-1991) and Michael Webster (1992-1993). Max Hobart has been at the helm since 1993. Since 1984 the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra has been orchestra-in-residence at MassBay Community College.

Leslie Holmes, WSO President

Soloist, narrator, teacher, writer, and Wellesley College alumna, Leslie is an exciting performer rich with experience on radio, stage and in the classroom. Her vibrancy and expertise draw voice students from all over Boston, and she thrives on developing young artists who benefit from her dynamic experience. Leslie is also on the Board of Boston Singers Resource, Hosts the Cabaret Open Mic at the Amazing Things Arts Center, and is on the Advisory Board of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists and the Maud Powell Society.

The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra
Music Director
Max Hobart
Assistant Conductor
David Archibald
Board of Directors
Leslie Holmes
College Liaison
Dante DeGruttola
Vice President
Jan Schwaner
Young Soloist Competition
Dianne Mahany
Elaine Wu
Tim Hill
Susan Chudd
Penny Post
Database, Web Site
Chris Ten Eyck
Carol Davidson
Douglas Olsen
Associate Directors
Norman Abbot
Julian Marsh
Jennifer Belli
Sandra O'Connor
Wil Breden
Bill Costley
Honorary Board
Julia Scott Carey
Virgina Eskin
Bayla Keyes
Laura Carlo
John Finney
Thomas Oboe Lee
Ron Della Chiesa
John Harbison
Ned Rorem
Phyllis Curtin
Robert Honeysucker
Thanks to the Mass Cultural Council

The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition

In November each year, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra conducts its Young Soloist Competition. The Competition is generously hosted by the Dana School of Music, whose Music Building at 103 Grove Street in Wellesley provides a friendly atmosphere and well appointed rooms for musicians and their accompanists to warm up and to perform for the judges. The audition room has two pianos.

The 2015 competition was held on Saturday, November 14; the 2016 competition will be held on a Saturday in November 2016, to be announced by Labor Day. Click here for the 2015 application for reference. There is no application fee.

Each participant selects a concerto movement suitable to be performed with the WSO at our March family concert at MassBay Community College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Auditions should be about 10 minutes long, and each participant is responsible for making arrangements with an accompanist. In addition to performing with the orchestra the following March, the winner receives a $500 award.

Applications are available both on this website and from Dianne Mahany at It is important to apply early; for the past several years, all slots have been filled almost 2 weeks before the published application deadline, and a waiting list has been put in place.

We have a wonderful group of participants each year, including about 30 young musicians up to the age of 18 (the youngest in recent memory was 7.) All orchestral instrumentalists and pianists are welcome to our competition. (It is always very difficult for the four judges-including Max Hobart, our Music Director, and David Archibald, our Assistant Conductor - to make a selection. We have occasionally chosen a runner-up.)

(NOTE: Applications for the WSO Young Soloist Competition are posted here on or before Labor Day each year. If you have any questions about the competition at any time, please contact Dianne Mahany by email at or by telephone at 978-443-5212.)

2015 Competition Winner - Austin Kwoun

Our 2015 competition's winner is Austin Kwoun, a wonderful young violinist who played the first movement of the Sibelius d minor violin concerto. He will perform with the orchestra at the WSO Family Concert on March 12, 2016.

A sophomore at the Belmont Hill School, Austin began playing violin at the age of 7. He has been studying with Ms. Jin Kyung Joen for the past 6 years at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Austin is currently a member of both the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he toured Iceland in June of 2015, and the Belmont Hill School Piano Trio and Orchestra.

In addition to winning the 2015 Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition, Austin won first place in the 2015 NEC Preparatory School Concerto Competition, the 2015 MMTA Bay State String Competition, the 2014 New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, the 2014 Brockton Symphony Feinberg Competition, the 2013 Ellen Huff Powers Young Artist Competition, and the 2013 Roman Totenberg Young Musician String Competition. He has participated in master classes with Joseph Lin (Juilliard), Tony Woodcock (NEC), Lucy Chapman (NEC), and Mia Chung Yee (Curtis).

Dedicated to community service, Austin is a core member of the Boston Youth Music Charity, which holds semiannual concerts to raise funds for UNICEF and Cradles to Crayons. He is also a member of From the Top's Center for Development of Arts Leaders. He is a passionate baseball player and fan, and follows every move of the Boston Red Sox. He is also an avid reader and writer, and enjoys squash in his free time.

October 18, 2015*
November 22, 2015*
Rossini, Elgar, Brahms
December 13, 2015
Holiday Pops!
February 7, 2016*
Elgar, Dvorak
March 13, 2016
Family Concert
May 1, 2016*
Reznicek, Copland, Brahms
Ticket Prices - Adult: $25, Senior/Student: $20, Children under 12: free, MassBay Students/Staff/Faculty: free with Massbay ID