Join the orchestra and our guest host Brian Hagar-McKee as we thrill you with music of on-screen superheroes such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and even James Bond and Harry Potter. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes of their favorite characters. Our story this year is “The Little Engine that Could” narrated by Leslie Holmes.

  • Instrument Petting Zoo and show’n’tell
  • Winner of the WSO Young Soloist Competition, Hayden Idson

** This concert is not included in the subscription series.

Soloist- Hayden Idson

Hayden began his cello studies at the age of 4 1/2 with Sandy Kiefer at the Longy School of Music, and has been a student of Michael Bonner since 2013. Hayden will perform with the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra at the March 18, 2018, concert. He will turn 13 just a few days before!

Hayden appeared as a soloist for the first time at the age of 10 with the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, playing the first two movements of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor. In the subsequent year, he was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62, with both the Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra and the Brockton Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to winning the 2017 Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition, Hayden won first place in the 2017 Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, and placed second in both the 2017 Philharmonic Society of Arlington Young Artists Competition and the 2017 New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition.

In his free time, Hayden likes to play the erhu and piano, run track, and compose music.

Narrator- Brian Hagar-McKee

Soloist- Audrey Saksena

Orchestra Highlight- Sonia Guterman

My parents were amateur singers and met in choral groups, my earliest musical memory is of them in a group, rehearsing at the Brooklyn Musuem, singing the chorale from Jesu Joy.  I am primarily a flutist, and only took up violin when my daughter who is now a violist left her instruments in my house when she departed for college, so have been playing violin less than about 20 years.  In "real" life I am an intellectual property attorney in Boston, specializing in biotech patents.  The death of both my parents and my husband in 2003-2004 left me devastated.  While I joined the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, at the advice of my violin teacher Vicki Citron for the purpose of advancing my violin technique as our maestro Max Hobart was a prominent violinist, the orchestra in fact has been an important source of emotional recovery for me as well as a source of great musical and social development.  It is difficult to believe that one group of people can make such amazing sounds, and also be a source of friendship.  We in the orchestra owe Max so much for his serious musical demands and encouragement, which contribute to our growth musically and in other ways.  An orchestra is a social as well as a musical unit, and Max teaches us and exemplifies the skills we need to cohere.