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Our Upcoming Family Concert

The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra is proud to present our annual Family Concert as we celebrate and feature young musicians and entertain everyone in the family with the timeless musical story, "Peter and the Wolf".

Our concert begins with Johann Strauss' masterpiece, the overture to Die Fledermaus. This operetta, known as “The Bat,” revolves around mistaken identity (including a man disguised as a bat) and practical jokes that spiral out of control. For Strauss, renowned as The Waltz King, this brought his melodic brilliance to the opera stage. Dancing in the aisles is encouraged!

A group of elementary school string students from the Wellesley Public Schools will join the string section of the WSO and perform 2 short pieces. Their leader is our very own principal cellist, Seth MacLeod.

We are thrilled to present

, the winner of our 2023 Michael H. Welles Young Soloist Competition, who will play the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. Beethoven struggled with this piano concerto for years -- not wanting to overstep his previously published first and second concertos, he held back releasing his 3rd, writing "Musical policy necessitates keeping the best concertos to oneself for a while." We're delighted that Adalia Wen will perform this great work for you.

Serge Prokofiev was commissioned to write a symphony for children in 1938. Dissatisfied with the story offered to him, he wrote a story of a boy capturing a wolf. The first draft of the music took just a week, with the orchestration following shortly after. The result is the classic narrated piece Peter and the Wolf, where orchestral instruments vividly depict this fun story. We welcome back Brian Hagar-McKee as our narrator and master of ceremonies.

We invite you and your family to enjoy this music with us. To make sure everybody in our community can access this concert, we are offering a pay-what-you-can-system. You select the price you would like to pay for your tickets. We recommend $30 per ticket.

Tickets are available online (, or at the door the day of the concert.

MassBay Community College is located at 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills, just off Rt. 9 East. Parking is both plentiful and free. Please join us at our reception after the concert.

We are excited to have you join us as we explore the wonderful world of classical music together!


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