November 20, 2005
Melrose, MA – The Melrose Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will entertain an expected sell-out crowd on Saturday, May 7th, its final concert of the 2004-2005 season. The 8:00 p.m. concert at historic Memorial Hall, sponsored by Melrose Bank, features pops-style selections and a repeat appearance by violinist Lucia Lin.
“Our spring concert is much anticipated and enjoyed by audiences because it takes the pops style,” stated Millie Rich, president of the MSO. “This type of music brings classical features to popular music selections. It has a more informal tone than traditional classical music. Refreshments are served throughout the concert and we even have table seating to encourage groups and families to come. This is a concert everyone can enjoy. There is even a sing-a-long.”
The 65 member orchestra, led by conductor Yoichi Udagawa, will perform Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Finale from Symphony No. 4, Fucik’s Entry of the Gladiators, and Sousa’s Semper Fidelis. The concert also features violin soloist Lucia Lin performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto in g minor. Arrangements of the Lord of the Dance and the Armed Forces Salute will also be presented.
Jim Oosterman, Vice President at Melrose Bank notes, “Conductor Udagawa has a great ability to watch and respond to the audience, while he’s conducting the orchestra, making for a dynamic audience experience. The spring concert is always lively and engaging.”
Lucia Lin made her debut performing with the Chicago Symphony at age eleven. Since then she has continued to perform throughout the world and won numerous competitions including the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma Symphony, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Festivalorchester in Graz, Austria. Lin received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois and her master’s of music at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She has been with the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1985.
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