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FREE Community Chamber Concert
First Baptist Church
111 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
2:15 p.m. – Artistic Exchange featuring a performance by students from the Worcester Public Schools Performing Arts Department

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

Thomas Siders, trumpet
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Thomas Siders joined the BSO as Assistant Principal Trumpet in January 2010 and was promoted to Associate Principal Trumpet in 2015.  He is currently a member of the trumpet faculties at The Boston Conservatory, Boston University, and New England Conservatory.  An active clinician, Mr. Siders has presented masterclasses at The Boston Conservatory, Louisiana State University, Miami University (OH), New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, and Rice University.  Mr. Siders received degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and Rice University, where he studied with Ray Sasaki and Marie Speziale, respectively.  Prior to his appointment to the BSO, Mr. Siders was a New World Symphony Fellow. He was also a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 2008 and 2009.

Thomas Siders, trumpet Benjamin Wright, trumpet
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A former member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and of the Chicago Symphony, Benjamin Wright joined the Boston Symphony trumpet section in July 2002 and became second trumpet in 2010. While a student in Cleveland, Wright won the International Trumpet Guild and National Trumpet competitions, as well as the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, and was awarded the Bernard Adelstein Prize for trumpet performance upon graduating. Mr. Wright has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. In 2006, he performed as guest principal trumpet with the San Francisco Symphony in performances of Mahler's Eighth Symphony. From 2006-2009, he was acting assistant principal trumpet of the BSO and Boston Pops. He has given masterclasses at the Manhattan School of Music and Interlochen Center for the Arts, and has been a faculty member for the Bar Harbor Brass and the National Orchestral Institute. He is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Boston Conservatory.

Benjamin Wright, trumpet
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 Stephen Lange, trombone
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A native of Dallas, Texas, Stephen Lange joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra trombone section in fall 2010. Previously, he held the assistant principal trombone chair of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2010, making his solo debut with the orchestra in 2007 in Frank Martin's Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments. During his time in St. Louis, Mr. Lange helped found, and was a member of, The Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony, a chamber group composed of the SLSO trombone section. The group gave masterclasses and recitals throughout the Midwest, culminating in a recently recorded compact disc, "4.1." Before joining the SLSO Mr. Lange performed one season with the San Antonio Symphony. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Opera House Orchestra, the Extension Ensemble, and the Colorado Music Festival. He has taught at the University of Texas-San Antonio and, during his tenure in St. Louis, was an adjunct professor of music at Washington University. He has given master classes and recitals throughout the country, including The Juilliard School and the Tanglewood Music Festival. In May 1999, Mr. Lange completed The Juilliard School's Master of Music program as a student of Joesph Alessi. During his time at Juilliard he performed the U.S. premiere of Ruben Seroussi's trombone concerto Playtime with the New Juilliard Ensemble and, as a recipient of the Frank Smith Memorial Scholarship, Mr. Lange performed Nino Rota's Concerto for Trombone at the 1998 International Trombone Festival in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Lange holds bachelor's degrees of science and music from Indiana University, where he was awarded Indiana University's Performer's Certificate. Other awards include First Prize in the Lewis Van Haney International Trombone Competition at the International Trombone Festival, and, with the Extension Ensemble, first place at the 1999 Carmel Chamber Competition and the 1999 Fishoff Chamber Competition. Mr. Lange's former teachers are Joseph Alessi, New York Philharmonic: Keith Brown, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, and Joe Dixon, instructor of trombone in the Dallas area.

Stephen Lange, trombone
James Markey, bass trombone
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James Markey joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as bass trombone in fall 2012 following a fifteen-year tenure in the New York Philharmonic, first as associate principal (1997-2007), then bass trombone (2007-2012). He was also principal trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for two years. He has had numerous solo appearances, including with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, United States Army Band, Hora Decima Brass Ensemble, New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and the Hanover Wind Symphony. A sought-after educator, Mr. Markey has been a featured artist at the International Trombone Festival, the American (formerly Eastern) Trombone Workshop, and the conferences of the New Jersey Music Educators Association and the New York State School Music Association. He has also appeared as a guest recitalist and clinician at major educational institutions around the country. He currently serves on the faculties of the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, and the Longy School of Bard College in Cambridge, MA, having formerly taught at the Juilliard School, Mannes College: the New School for Music, New York University, Purchase College (SUNY), Montclair State University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division. Mr. Markey has released four solo recordings: "Offroad," on tenor trombone (2003); "On Base," a solo bass trombone recording (2009); a two-disc album of orchestral and opera excerpts for bass trombone with Denson Paul Pollard, and a second solo bass trombone recording titled "Psychedelia" (2015). He is also a featured soloist on "A Beautiful Noise," a compilation of solos for tenor and bass trombone produced by the Columbus State University Trombone Choir, and on the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble's recording of Janko Nilović's Concerto for Two Trombones. Mr. Markey studied with Joseph Alessi at the Juilliard School, where he received his bachelor and master of music degrees in 2005 and 2006.

James Markey, bass trombone