Concert Notes:

Fall Pops Concert on December 9, 2007, 3:00 pm

The Parkway Concert Orchestra wishes to extend a special thanks to our sponsors for this concert.

Bios of our guest artists are here.

Holiday Concert in Norwood December 9

The Parkway Concert Orchestra will present its annual Holiday Concert "A Celebration of Winter" on Sunday December 9 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 100 Winter Street, Norwood. Peter Freisinger conducts the 50 piece non-profit orchestra in classical and pops selections for the entire family, including the world premiere of Michael Romanul's Winter Soliloquy and "Winter" from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons both featuring BSO violinist Victor Romanul. Baritone Dan Masterson joins the orchestra in Winter Wonderland and leads a sing-along medley of Christmas songs. The orchestra also performs Leroy Anderson's Christmas Festival and Festive Sounds of Hanukah by Holcomb. This concert is sponsored by May Funeral Home. The Cooperative Bank is the Principal Sponsor of the Parkway Concert Orchestra. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Norwood Cultural Council, a local agency and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The orchestra dedicates this concert in memory of a long-time orchestra member, violinist Samuel Steinhauer.

Donation is $12; $10 for seniors and $8 for children under 12 years old. For ticket reservations please call 781-762-0288.

The Program:

Symphony No. 5, Op. 67
  II. Andante con moto
Ludwig von Beethoven
Winter Soliloquy (world premiere) Michael Romanul
Victor Romanul, violin soloist
Winter Wonderland Felix Bernard, arr. Calvin Custer
Dan Masterson, baritone
Die Nebensonnen from A Winter's Journey Franz Schubert
Dan Masterson, baritone
Festive Sounds of Hanukah arr. Bill Holcomb
---- Intermission ----
"Winter" from The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi
Victor Romanul, violin soloist
Music from Guys and Dolls Frank Loesser, arr. Calvin Custer
Christmas Memories arr. Bruce Chase
Singalong, led by Dan Masterson
A Christmas Festival Leroy Anderson
Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson

Concert Sponsors

Sponsors and performersSeated (left to right):
Leslie Powers (violin and orchestra treasurer) and Dan Silverman (viola)
Standing (left to right):
Candace Colbert (oboe), conductor Peter Freisinger, sponsor Robert Folsom and William Scherban (clarinet and orchestra president)

Guest Artists

Victor Romanul and Michael Romanul are the third and second sons of Flaviu C. A. Romanul and the late Nancy Ann Romanul, and grandchildren of the renowned Metropolitan Opera soprano Stella Roman. Along with first son Myron (pianist) and fourth son Alexander (violinist), they comprised the Romanul Chamber Players, which played in concert and on radio and television during the 1970s.

Victor Romanul, violin soloist

Victor Romanul, violinist, has been performing professionally since the age of seven. An active recitalist, teacher and soloist, he has performed throughout the world. As a soloist, he was named "Best of Boston" in 1997 by the Boston Globe. He recently completed a three year tenure as concertmaster of the Ars Poetica Chamber Orchestra, based in Detroit and made up of outstanding players of major orchestras of this country. He has given masterclasses at many schools including Northwestern, Columbia, Oberlin and SUNY Stony Brook. Currently a member of the Boston Symphony violin section, he has served as its Assistant Concertmaster, and as Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He studied with Ivan Galamian, Joseph Silverstein and Jascha Heifetz. Recent highlights included performances of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Boston Pops and the New Hampshire Symphony, a three concert series of the ten Beethoven Violin Sonatas at the Goethe Institute in Boston, the Six Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin in one recital, and the complete solo Sonatas of Eugene Ysaye. Last season Victor performed several recitals around the country specializing in the solo violin music by Paganini, Sauret, Ernst, Wienawski, Vieuxtemps and Ysaye, and he gave the world premiere of a duo written for him and violist Michael Zaretsky by film composer John Williams. This season, a CD will be released of this and other works. A comprehensive tour of the major works of Paganini, Sauret, as well as the complete Sonatas of Beethoven is planned for concerts this season.

Michael Romanul, composer

Born in Philadelphia in 1956, Michael Romanul studied musical theory and composition with Henry Lasher, Edward Madden and Stephen Albert, as well as orchestration with Gardner Read. A cellist of professional standing for many years, he has played as soloist with many community orchestras locally, as well as being a former member of the Portland (Maine) Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony (Manchester) and the Florida (Orlando) Symphony, where he served as Assistant Principal Cellist. After completing a four-year stint as Music Archivist / Librarian at Boston Ballet concluding in 1988, Michael has been employed by Brookline Bankfor nineteen years.

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