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FREE Community Chamber Concert
Mosesian Theater
321 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

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

Cynthia Meyers, piccolo
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Cynthia Meyers joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as its piccolo player in the autumn of 2006, occupying the Evelyn and C. Charles Marran Chair. Before coming to Boston she served as principal piccolo of the Houston Symphony for nine years under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach and Hans Graf. She is the former principal flutist of the Omaha Symphony, a post she held for nine seasons, during which time she was a featured soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions. A native of Somerset, Pennsylvania, Ms. Meyers began playing the piano at age three. Currently a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music, she earned her bachelor of fine arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University and completed her master of music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Jeffrey Khaner, principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She took an interest in playing the piccolo while in Cleveland and continued study specifically on that instrument with William Hebert of the Cleveland Orchestra. Besides playing with the BSO, Ms. Meyers has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Cynthia Meyers, piccolo Robert Sheena, oboe / English horn
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Robert Sheena has been the English horn player of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra since 1994, during which time his uniquely vocal style of playing has garnered accolades from audience members and the media alike. In his more than twenty years as a member of the BSO, Mr. Sheena has performed as soloist with the orchestra on several occasions, most notably in the world premiere performances of George Tsontakis's Sonnets-a BSO commission composed specifically for him-at Symphony Hall in February 2016 with Andris Nelsons conducting, followed by a Tanglewood performance that August. He has also been featured in BSO performances at Tanglewood of André Previn's Reflections and Aaron Copland's Quiet City. With the Boston Pops Orchestra he has been featured at Symphony Hall in Quiet City and Michael Daugherty's Spaghetti Western.From 1987 to 1991 Mr. Sheena was the assistant principal oboe and English horn of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Since then he has made numerous trips to perform in Asia, not only with the BSO, but also to perform in Japan as a guest English hornist with the Super World Orchestra (2001), Affinis Music Festival (2009), and Seiji Ozawa's Saito Kinen Orchestra (2014). From 1991 until joining the BSO he was assistant principal oboe and English horn with the San Antonio Symphony. From 1984 to 1987 he was a freelance oboist in the Chicago area, playing in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and frequently as a substitute oboist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Sheena is an instructor of both the oboe and the English horn at Boston University's School of Music and Tanglewood Institute, at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. An alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, he works with the fellowship oboists there every summer as a TMC faculty member, coaching them in chamber music and giving English horn master classes. Mr. Sheena occupies the Beranek Chair in the woodwind section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Robert Sheena, oboe / English horn
Michael Wayne, clarinet
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Clarinetist Michael Wayne joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra's clarinet section in September 2008. Prior to joining the BSO, Mr. Wayne was Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony and a member of the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. He is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center and has been a visiting professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has given master classes across the country, including the Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, and New World Symphony. Mr. Wayne made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the world premiere of Michael Daugherty's clarinet concerto, Brooklyn Bridge, and subsequently recorded it for Equilibrium Records. Festival performances include Verbier, Music Academy of the West, NOI, and Hot Springs. He has been the recipient of the Paul Boylan Award (University of Michigan), Whitaker Advanced Study Grant (Music Academy of the West), Earl V. Moore Award (University of Michigan), and a Fine Arts Award (Interlochen). He holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan, where his principal teachers were Richard Hawkins and Fred Ormand.

Michael Wayne, clarinet Suzanne Nelsen, bassoon
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Suzanne Nelsen began her studies in Edmonton and instantly fell in love with the bassoon.  She earned a bachelor's degree from McGill University and pursued further study at the Hague Conservatory in Holland, earning a UM degree.  Early training included summers at the Banff Festival, National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Boris Brott Festival.  In 1995, during post-graduate study at McGill, she won a position with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.  During that same year she joined the faculty of McGill University, both as chamber music coach and bassoon professor.  She has performed throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician and has recorded numerous CD's with the Montreal Symphony.  In fall 2000, Ms. Nelsen joined the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras.

Suzanne Nelsen, bassoon
Jason Snider, horn
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Jason Snider joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops as fourth horn in 2007. Prior to that he held positions as second horn with Lyric Opera of Chicago and associate principal horn of the San Antonio Symphony. A native of Arkansas, Mr. Snider attended Northwestern University and performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons. After graduating with honors, he earned his graduate degree at Rice University. Mr. Snider has performed with the Chicago and Houston symphony orchestras, Houston Grand Opera, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and Collage New Music. He has also played with such varied music festivals as Sun Valley, Grant Park, the Grand Tetons, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Jerusalem International Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria in Mexico City. Currently on faculty at the New England Conservatory and Boston University, Mr. Snider teaches and performs regularly in recitals and master classes.

 

Jason Snider, horn