2014 - 2015 Concert Season
"Thayer Symphony Orchestra: Serving Central Massachusetts for over 40 Years"
"Central Massachusetts' Premiere Orchestra"
Thayer Symphony, your symphony
Greetings from Music Director
I am very excited to have been selected as the new Music Director for Thayer Symphony Orchestra and am eager to present you with exciting and inspiring concerts in this inaugural season. The future for this ensemble is bright; full of collaborative efforts within the community and great opportunities for current and new audience members to fall in love with the orchestra all over again.
The Thayer Symphony Orchestra is an important cultural institution of central Massachusetts, bringing classical music to the community for over 40 years. I aim to build upon this tradition by collaborating with local artists, featuring your talented TSO musicians, presenting young talented instrumentalists, and international guests.
This season concerts are highlighted with fine soloists, great composers, and a multitude of surprises. Our Holiday concert on December 13th will showcase the Worcester Children's Chorus, a great way to introduce some of our youngest guests to the joy of music. This concert will also feature the world premier of an Aria for Cuckoo Clocks as well as a surprise guest for the narration of the classic tale 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
In February's classical concert, we will perform Ravel's famed piece Bolero, performed with the largest snare drum in the world created just for this TSO concert. The Guinness Book of World Records is informed - you won't want to miss it! Also featured will be Mozart's Overture from Don Giovanni, Kaiser Waltz by Johann Strauss, and other well known works certain to make this a Valentines Day treat.
To close the season, the TSO will present a thematic concert: Sun, Moon and Stars. This concert will feature both classical masterpieces and an array of space themed favorites from popular movies and television.
Join us for the 2014-2015 TSO season to experience one of central Massachusetts cultural treasures. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for these great works with 'you and yours' and am excited to be a part of your community.
Father Seán Duggan
Seán Duggan, OSB, pianist, is a monk of St.
Joseph Abbey in Covington, Louisiana. He
obtained his music degrees from Loyola
University in New Orleans and Carnegie Mellon
University, and received a Master’s degree in
theology from Notre Dame Seminary in New
Orleans. From 1988 to 2001 he taught music,
Latin and religion at St. Joseph Seminary
College in Louisiana and was director of music
and organist at St. Joseph Abbey.
In September, 1983 he won first prize in the
Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition
for Pianists in Washington, D.C., and again in
August, 1991. Having a special affinity for the
music of Bach, in 2000 he performed the complete
cycle of Bach’s keyboard works eight times in
various American and European cities. For seven
years he hosted a weekly program on the New
Orleans NPR station entitled “Bach on Sunday.”
He is presently in the midst of recording the
complete cycle of Bach’s keyboard (piano) music
which will comprise 24 CDs.
Before he joined the Benedictine order he was
pianist and assistant chorus master for the
Pittsburgh Opera Company for three years. He has
performed with many orchestras including the
Louisiana Philharmonic, the Buffalo
Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,
the Leipzig Baroque Soloists, The Prague Chamber
Orchestra, The American Chamber Orchestra and
the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. From 2001 to 2004 he
was a visiting professor of piano at the
University of Michigan. Currently he is
associate professor of piano at SUNY Fredonia.
During the fall semester of 2008 he was also a
guest professor of piano at Eastman School of
Music. He has been a guest artist and
adjudicator at the Chautauqua Institution for
several summers, and is also a faculty member of
the Golandsky Institute at Princeton, New
Jersey. He continues to study the Taubman
approach with Edna Golandsky in New York City.
To close the season, the TSO will present a thematic
concert: Sun, Moon and Stars. This concert will
feature classical masterpieces as well as an array of
space themed favorites from popular movies and
Some of the pieces being considered are "The World
is Waiting For a Sunrise" by Calvin Taylor,
"Oberon" Overture by Carl Maria von Weber, "Song to
the Moon" by Antonin Dvoräk, "Star Trek Through the
Years" by Jerry Goldsmith, "Claire de Lune" by
Claude Débussy, Mozart's Piano Concerto #9
with Father Seán Duggan as guest soloist, Gustav
Holst’s “Jupiter” from “The Planets,
4th Movement of Mozart's "Jupiter" (41st) Symphony,
and “Thunder & Lightning Polka” by Johann Strauss.
Plus some other surprises!
April 11, 2015 at 7:30pm
"Sun, Moon, and Stars"