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FREE Community Chamber Concert
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue, Charlestown, MA
Building B, 3rd Floor
Free parking in Lots 4, 5, 6

Boston Symphony Orchestra

General Admission

Community Chamber Concerts build personal connections to the BSO and orchestral music, allowing community members to become more deeply engaged with the BSO over time. Each concert program lasts approximately one hour and is followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians.

Featured Performers

Rachel Childers, horn
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Rachel Childers joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as second horn at the start of the 2011-12 season, becoming the first female member of the BSO brass section in its history; she occupies the John P. II and Nancy S. Eustis Chair in the BSO's horn section. Ms. Childers received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Michigan, followed by an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School in Los Angeles. She is on the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Rachel Childers, horn Glen Cherry, violin
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Violinist Glen Cherry grew up in a musical family in South Dakota. He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to study with James Buswell at the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition to attending several summer music festivals, he was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow for three summers. Mr. Cherry performed with the National Symphony Orchestra for three years before moving to Boston. Prior to that, he served as Associate Concertmaster of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. His most recent chamber music activities have included performing on the First Monday concert series at Jordan Hall and performing and recording with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. He joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in January 2006.

Glen Cherry, violin
Rebecca Gitter, viola
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Born in Canada, Rebecca Gitter began studying Suzuki violin at seven and viola at thirteen. In May 2001 she received her bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Robert Vernon, having previously studied in Toronto, Ontario. While at CIM she was the recipient of the Institute's Annual Viola Prize and the Robert Vernon Prize in Viola, and twice received honorable mention in the school's concerto competition, resulting in solo performances. Among other honors, she was the 2000 recipient of Toronto's Ben Steinberg Jewish Musical Legacy Award and, prior to her BSO appointment, was offered a position in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She was a summer participant in the Taos School of Music, the Marlboro Festival, Ravinia's Steans Institute for Young Artists, and the National Academy and National Youth Orchestras of Canada. Ms. Gitter joined the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in August 2001.

Rebecca Gitter, viola Rebekah Edewards, viola
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Rebekah Edewards has a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Mark Jackobs and Robert Vernon of the Cleveland Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, she has held positions with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, was principal violist of the Charlotte Symphony, and is beginning her second season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has attended festivals such as the MasterWorks Festival (2008), Madeline Island Music Camp (2002, 2004), the Verbier Festival in Switzerland (2009-10), the Blossom Music Festival and Encore School for Strings in Ohio (2005), and The Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz, California (2014). Mrs. Edewards has toured with the London Philharmonic in England and to the Netherlands in 2011, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra to China in 2013, with the Pittsburgh Symphony on their 2016 European tour, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to Carnegie Hall and Canada in 2017. Along with orchestral playing, she has a passion for chamber music. In addition to her BSO colleagues, she has performed with members of the Charlotte, Richmond, Baltimore, and Atlanta symphonies, and has worked closely with members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Rebekah Edewards, viola
Mickey Katz, cello
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Mickey Katz joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2004. A native of Israel, he has distinguished himself as a solo performer, chamber musician, and contemporary music specialist. He received the Presser Music Award in Boston, the Karl Zeise Prize as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, and won first prizes at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition and the Rubin Academy Competition in Tel Aviv. He has been a recipient of the America Israel Cultural foundation scholarships since 1988. As soloist, he has performed with several Israeli orchestras and locally with the Civic Symphony of Boston, Symphony Pro Musica, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

Mr. Katz is a passionate performer of new music. He premiered and recorded Menachem Wiesenberg's Cello Concerto with the Israel Defense Force Orchestra and has performed several American and Boston premieres of Elliott Carter's music, working with the composer. He also worked with composers György Kurtág, John Corigliano, Leon Kirchner, and John Harbison in performing their music. Following his success in performing new music as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he was invited back to Tanglewood in the summer of 2002 as a member of the New Fromm Players, an alumni ensemble in residence, performing challenging new works and collaborating with young composers.

An active chamber musician, Mickey has performed in such venues as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, Italy, and Salle Gaveau in Paris, as well as all the major venues of Israel. He participated in the Marlboro Festival and was invited to take part in the Musicians from Marlboro tour. He has collaborated in performances with distinguished players such as violinists Pinkhas Zukerman and Gil Shaham, violists Tabea Zimmermann and Kim Kashkashian, members of the Juilliard and Guarneri string quartets, and pianist Gilbert Kalish.

Mickey completed his mandatory military service in Israel as a part of the "Distinguished Musician Program", playing in the Israel Defense Force String Quartet, a group that performs throughout the country both in classical concerts and in many outreach and educational concerts for soldiers and other audiences. He graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he was a Piatigorsky scholarship student of Laurence Lesser. His teachers included Paul Katz, Uzi Wiezel, Hillel Zori, and Uri Vardi. He teaches privately and is on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Mickey Katz, cello