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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

Dear Friends,

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.

Roderick MacDonald

Concert Dates

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 television shows. 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"


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