Brookline Symphony Orchestra Resurrected After Decade-Long Hiatus
Reborn group debuts on Sunday.
Once a vital figure in Brookline's cultural landscape, the Brookline Symphony Orchestra fell apart a decade ago as support dwindled. Now, after a long hiatus, the orchestra is ready to play again.
"I really think there's a need for it, because a lot of people in Brookline are interested in classical music," said Sylvain Bouix, who sits on the board of the revived symphony.
The orchestra sent a sting quartet to perform at the First Light Festival on Thursday and will play a full concert on Sunday with pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Weber.
The group's new leaders say they have a practical approach to help the orchestra survive its resurrection. In addition to three annual concerts, their more ambitious goals include performances at schools, nursing homes and ultimately, the Coolidge Corner Theater.
"We want to become a part of the community so we are valued," said Laura Bouix, president of the board. "The more we give, the more people will want to support it."
The orchestra is volunteer-based, with musicians ranging from students to high-level amateurs and young professionals who auditioned for the orchestra. Organizers said the orchestra, now about 40 musicians strong, is growing fast and the future looks robust.
"We're playing really beautifully and at a strong level for a new orchestra," said Eric Hewitt, Music Director. "Things are moving quickly and I'm excited about the music-making that's in progress."
Hewitt is the conductor of the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, the White Rabbit Ensemble of Harvard and the Charles River Wind Ensemble of Watertown. He has worked with several other orchestras before coming to Brookline. Attendees at Sunday's debut concert will hear pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Weber.
"This music is [vital, and it is] a litmus test for what the orchestra is capable of playing," Hewitt said. "Once the fundamentals are in place, we can move into more romantic repertoire."
The orchestra also aims to provide an affordable experience for Brookline residents.
"We want our orchestra to play music at a very high level, yet still have people come and see it affordably," Mrs. Bouix said. "We want Brookline to be proud of having their own orchestra."
Tickets for the show, which takes place Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Parish, are $10 with a $5 discount for students and seniors.