Dorchester is honored to welcome the Boston Classical Orchestra in
helping us celebrate the holiday season at the Strand. "A Dorchester
Christmas" is an opportunity for this well-established chamber
orchestra to share the Strand's legendary stage with other local
It's also a chance for those in attendance to
become familiar with the high-quality sound and experience this
orchestra is known to deliver.
The Boston Classical Orchestra is in its 30th year, having been
founded by their long time violinist and concert master Robert Brink.
The orchestra has called Faneuil Hall its home since its inaugural
performance in May, 1980.
F.John Adams was the first music director
followed by Harry Ellis Dickson in 1983 and Stephen Lipsett in 1999 who
holds the position of Music Director to this day.
Boston Classical Orchestra Website
The mission of the Boston Classical Orchestra is:
|"to offer outstanding performances of the chamber orchestra repertoire
in an intimate and historical setting, concentrating on music of the
The orchestra's approach to the presentation of classical music is to
be commended. They see themselves in relationship to the audience.
The atmosphere is purposely relaxed with comments about the music
interspersed with the playing of the music. Listeners easily feel
connected to the performance. The experience encourages a spontaneous
and genuine appreciation and this in turn is stimulus for the
instrumentalists and the conductor.
Boston Classical Orchestra is termed a "chamber orchestra" which
contrasts with the more commonly heard term "symphonic orchestra." The
difference is simple.
You can think of a chamber orchestra as a
symphonic orchestra on a smaller scale. Boston Classical, depending on
the music and venue, ranges from 35 to 45 players whereas a symphonic
orchestra is generally around 80 players.
Not only does the smaller setting allow for a different selection of
music, it also encourages both a visual and aural intimacy with the
|As artists, the musicians are both accomplished
technicians as well as interpreters of art. During the performance
there is no separation between the musician, the sounds they create and their
experience of creating that sound. You can see it in their
movements, their facial expressions and their attention to the artists
around them and the conductor.
Getting caught up in the act of
creation can be truly moving for both the performer and the
Jessica is a fan and writes:
"The BCO is such a hidden treasure of
Boston. Keep up the good work."
Let's open our eyes and ears on
December 6, 2010 at the Holiday Concert. There will waft our way the mellifluous sounds of
the bowed strings, the wood winds, the brass, the keyboards and the
percussion, all joining together to raise our spirits for a wonderful
See you there.
**Note: Photos were provided by Boston Classical Orchestra specifically for inclusion here.