The Wellesley Symphony family concert of March 15 is cancelled due to concerns regarding the coronavirus. We so looked forward to presenting this concert, but this consideration is clearly outweighed by public health concerns.

We do plan on rescheduling this concert. Please check wellesleysymphony.org or our phone (781) 235-0515 for the latest information regarding the Wellesley Symphony. We'll continue to email regarding this and future concerts. Please do join us for our season finale on Sunday May 3 at MassBay Wellesley.

Thank you very much for your support of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra.

Program:

Max Hobart, conductor
Nancy Hoffman Gerber, host
Leslie Holmes, speaker
Brian Hagar-McKee, host
John Masko, conductor
John Matters, violin, winner of the Michael H. Welles Young Soloist Competition

Britten, “Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury”
Rossini, Overture to The Barber of Seville
Douglas Gerber, Berkshire Storms
Paganini, Violin Concerto in D, no. 1, Op. 6
Purcell, Guide to the Sections of the Symphony Orchestra
Lawrence Wolfe and Stephen Edward Gerber, Suite Dreams: for narrator and orchestra, featuring Nancy Hoffman Gerber as Nancy Nervosamente
Anderson, “The Girl I Left Behind Me” from The Irish Suite

Host- Brian Hagar-McKee

Narrator- Nancy Hoffman Gerber

Nancy Hoffmann Gerber has performed in collaboration with Maestro Max Hobart numerous times over the last 20 years and has enjoyed every moment. Nancy created the role of “Nancy Nervosamente” in the world premiere of her late husband, Stephen E. Gerber (Librettist) and Lawrence Wolfe’s SUITE DREAMS! with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Spano where she had the opportunity to perform it ten times. Since that time, she has performed SUITE DREAMS! with the Georgetown (DC) Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, New England Conservatory Orchestra, New Life Symphony Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. While Suite Dreams! is for narrator, Nancy is an accomplished soprano, and performed as a soloist with the Boston Civic Symphony, Lexington Symphony, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra (Maestro Grant Llewllyn) where she premiered another new work by Stephen E. Gerber titled What If?

Her most recent solo appearance with Max Hobart was in December 2015 with the Boston Civic Holiday Pops Concert and again in 2016 with the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra. Her television credits include ABC’s One Life To Live and Ryan’s Hope. Nancy has done numerous regional, national radio and television commercials. On the professional stage, she has performed a huge range of characters from Velma (Chicago), Desiree (A little Night Music), Adelaide (Guys and Dolls), toured as Molly (The Unsinkable Molly Brown), and dozens more. Onstage, she has been privileged to play opposite to some extraordinary actors; Scott Bakula, Faith Prince, Alton Fitzgerald White, Jim Walton, Maureen Brennan, Jan Horvath, Mark Waldrop, David Benoit, Bill Nolte and so many more. In NYC, she directed for Cabaret and Cable TV, she was Choreographer for Holiday Cruise International (New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Florida) and performed with the Musical Theatre Works, off-broadway and cabaret where she premiered A Family By Any Other Name as co-writer with Stephen.

Locally, she was a long time member of the Boston cast of Forbidden Broadway, and at the Charles Playhouse, played the role of Rhetta Cupp (Pump Boys and Dinettes), and was featured soloist in the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue Some Enchanted Evening, at the Firehouse Theatre in Newburyport. The production of Suddenly On Christmas Eve is her most cherished work and collaboration with Stephen, and has been enjoyed by thousands of people in the New England area. Along with her professional career, Nancy has been the artistic director of the School of Creative Arts and is much in demand as a private teacher and coach of singing and acting. Her specialty is her ability to prepare students for auditions from the middle school level to community theatre to college preparation and on to the professional stage. Nancy is an alumna of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

She is grateful for her marriage to Paul Huberdeau, and proud to be Doug Gerber’s mom. Nancy is owned by her dogs, Opie and Biscuit and cat, Eliza.

Soloist- John Matters

As a 16 year old violinist, John Matters demonstrates a great passion for music. Born in Beijing, China, John has lived in California and Maryland, and now lives in Milton, Massachusetts, where heattends Milton Academy. The violin has captivated John ever since age 4. Having previously studiedwith Mr. Li Fang, John currently studies with Professor Lynn Chang and Dr. Adrian Anantawan.John has participated in numerous competitions, including winning the Music Fest Competition andperforming at Carnegie Hall twice, winning the Young Artists Instrumental and Vocal Competition,winning and playing in the recital of the Rockville Competition for Solo Piano & Solo Strings, andearning the bronze award in the Asia Strings Competition.

In addition, John has played with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra as concertmaster and also attended California Junior All State in 2017. He then played with the DC Youth Orchestra, where he performed at the Kennedy Center as concertmaster. John also performed Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” with the Washington Ballet in a reduced ensemble and participated in the NEC YPO. He is currently a member of the BPYO. John attended the Meadowmount School of Music during the summer of 2019, where he studied with Professor Gerardo Ribeiro.

Besides his musical studies, John is also eager to use music to serve the community around him. During spring break of 2019, John worked as a volunteer for the Sistema Ravinia program, an intensive and transformational orchestral music education program located in Chicago, where he helped with office work and worked with students on a daily basis. John was also able to connect music to science when he helped as a volunteer at the Multiverse - Shadows of Exoplanets event. Participating in the Music Inclusion Program with the Henderson Inclusion School, John now helps children of special needs to achieve a better musical education.

In his free time, John enjoys playing the saxophone, swimming, and studying STEM topics. John was awarded the Wales Prize at Milton Academy in the spring 2019 for consistently demonstrating passion for physics.