The Seven Hills Symphony Orchestra will hold its spring concert at UMass Medical School on Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Blais Pavilion of the Lazare Research Building. Musical selections include Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, Sibelius’ Symphony No 1 in E Minor, Andante; and Anderson’s Chicken Reel.
Thirteen-year old cellist Zlatomir Fung, who is the grand prize co-winner of the annual Young Artist Concerto Competition sponsored by Seven Hills, will perform a solo at the concert. This competition is open to musicians under the age of 18 and winners receive a scholarship, in addition to the opportunity to perform with the orchestra.
Seven Hills was founded in 2005, when MD/PhD student Joanna Chaurette expressed an interest in starting a chamber group. She reached out to musicians in the UMass Medical School community, and due to an overwhelming response, the proposed chamber group quickly became an orchestra.
The group is dedicated to providing performance opportunities to amateur, student and professional musicians throughout Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut as well access to high quality, low cost symphonic music for members of those same communities. It also promotes music appreciation through outreach programs, including an annual concerto competition for area student musicians. The orchestra performs a varied repertoire under the leadership of professional conductor Andrew Chaurette.
The concert is free, but donations are accepted and will be used toward funding educational opportunities and future performances. For additional information, visit: http://www.shsymphony.org.