Parkway Concert Orchestra presents 'Beethoven and Borodin' on March 3 in West Roxbury

Parkway Concert Orchestra continues its 74th season with 'Beethoven and Borodin' on Sunday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Name Parish Upper Church, 1689 Centre Street, West Roxbury. Guest Conductor Thomas Kociela will conduct a lively program including 'Evening Prayer' from Hansel and Gretel, Beethoven's Coriolanus Overture, Borodin Symphony No. 3 (Unfinished), music from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Ballade' from Karelia Suite by Sibelius. The program will feature the Holy Name Children's Choir, directed by Thomas Manguem, performing Dona Nobis Pacem.

This concert is presented by Holy Name Enrichment Program and is sponsored by Vogt Realty Group in memory of Gene and Ann Vogt. During intermission, the audience will have a chance to meet and learn about the orchestra instruments at an instrument petting zoo. Concert admission is free. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please call 617-792-4277 or visit us on Facebook at

The Program:

  • Engelbert Humperdinck, arr. Adolph Schmid
  • Evening Prayer and Dream Pantomime (from Hansel and Gretel)
  • Alexander Borodin
  • Symphony No. 3 (Unfinished)
  • Moderato assai — Scherzo


  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Coriolanus Overture
  • Anonymous
  • Dona Nobis Pacem
  • Holy Name Children's Choir
    Thomas Manguem, Director
  • Jean Sibelius
  • Ballade from Karelia Suite
  • John Williams, Arr: Sean O'Loughlin
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Soundtrack Suite)
  • Star Wars (Main Theme) — Rey's Theme — March of the Resistance — The Jedi Steps and Finale

Guest Conductor Thomas Kociela

Thomas Kociela portraitThomas Kociela was most recently Assistant Conductor of the Temecula Valley Symphony in California where he directed the orchestra, chorus, and chamber ensembles in concert. Thomas was also Music Director of the Temecula Valley Youth Symphony, where membership more than doubled over his three year tenure.

As a performer, Thomas spent seven years as a substitute and extra musician with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on trombone, euphonium, and bass trumpet—performing under conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti, David Robertson, and Michael Tilson Thomas. While in Chicago, he was Assistant Conductor at the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Thomas also developed and directed the brass ensemble at the University of Chicago as well as the wind ensemble at the Chicago High School for the Arts. He graduated Cum Laude from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in 2007 where he majored in trombone performance and music education. Thomas currently studies conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music with Charles Peltz and has pursued additional studies and masterclasses with Robert Franz, Victor Yampolsky, Cristian Măcelaru, Erin Freeman, Markand Thakar, and Donald Schleicher.