Dear Friends of the WSO,

Welcome to the 69th season of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra (WSO). Founded as the Wellesley Community Orchestra in 1948 by two Wellesley residents, Rolland Tapley and Mrs. William H. Vogel, the Orchestra played in various locations in Wellesley, Framingham and Littleton before settling into our current home at MassBay Community College.

At present, the WSO is a regional orchestra, with players coming from 41 different communities. They come for the opportunity to play under Music Director/Conductor Max Hobart, a long-time member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and to make incredible music together. I have heard audience members, upon leaving one of our concerts, say they don’t need to go into Boston to hear fine orchestral music when they have the WSO in their back yard! And parking is plentiful and easy!

Our mission is “to provide high quality orchestral performances for and by members of Wellesley and other greater Boston communities; to provide opportunities for young and professional soloists; to commission and/or premier works by regional composers, and to collaborate with public schools and other educational and community organizations.”

Our Young Soloist competition, “Two Front Teeth” contest, Family Concert and collaboration with Wellesley Middle and High School musicians contribute to the fulfillment of this mission. We could not accomplish this, however, were it not for our 34-year residency at MassBay Community College, financial support from local and regional businesses, grant support from local cultural councils and organizations, donations by local merchants and the generosity of people like you. Thank you!

The 2017-18 season promises to be magnificent. Do read Max’s letter and study the music offered on our six concerts. We, again, begin our season with an allBeethoven concert, including his incomparable Piano Concerto No. 2. Last season’s “Beethoven Blast” was very successful! Our soloists are amazingly accomplished, as usual.

I’ll share my knowledge of the music and composers at the 2:15 pre-concert talks before subscription concerts. Do come!

I hope to see you throughout the season!

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