January 1, 2005
Melrose, MA – The Melrose Symphony Orchestra (MSO) kicks off the 2005 year with its’ first concert on March 5th, featuring piano soloist John Ferguson. The 65 member orchestra, led by conductor Yoichi Udagawa, will perform Mozart’s Impressario Overture, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. The 8:00 p.m. concert is sponsored by Melrose Bank, and is expected to fill historic Memorial Hall in Melrose. There will also be a free pre-concert lecture with refreshments available at 7:15 p.m.
John Ferguson is a pianist and composer, known for his innovative performances, diverse music selections, and visual/theatrical effects. Last season he performed Liszt’s piano transcription of Beethoven’s ninth symphony throughout California and New England. He holds a doctoral degree in Piano from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in Violin and Piano from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA. Ferguson lives in Boston and teaches at several Boston-area community schools.
The MSO is the oldest continuously performing volunteer orchestra in the United States. “The success of the MSO is a result of the quality of the performances and support of the community,” stated Millie Rich, president of the MSO. “The orchestra has released two CD’s and routinely plays to sold out concerts. Companies such as Melrose Bank, who is our primary sponsor this year, help to keep the tradition going strong.”
Melrose Bank sponsors the MSO because “we realize how important the arts are to a vibrant community,” stated James Oosterman, vice president of the Bank. Melrose Bank is a longtime contributor and supporter of the MSO and other artistic programs in the city.
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