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Letter from the Music Director

August 15, 2020

Dear Brockton Symphony Family,

Warmest greetings, everyone! Your symphony musicians and leadership hope you’re weathering current challenges in the best possible shape.

We've missed you all terribly: your warmth, enthusiasm and generous support of our efforts to bring world-class performances to our beloved community. The pandemic affects virtually every aspect of our daily lives... ripples flow outward in all directions. Solutions which will allow us to reunite in live concert with our symphony family remain some weeks or months in the future as medical and political leadership work tirelessly to develop effective treatment strategies and vaccinations. We continue to closely monitor news of developments from national, regional and local authorities with the goal of resuming live concerts in the most responsible and timely fashion.

Perfectly positioned to restart concert operations at the appropriate time, this season's overarching theme is Visions of Hope and Renewal, its inspiration drawn directly from the magical repertoire we chose last winter. Our gala reopening concert titled The Spirit of Youth Shall Carry Us Forward features brilliantly youthful compositions by Mendelssohn and Bruch, and the electrifying BrSO debut of 2019 Vasconcellos Competition Co-winner Joe MacDonald in Dvořák's fabulous Violin Concerto, rescheduled to March 7, 2021.

The Spirit of Triumph, scheduled for April 25, 2021, brings our season to a smashing close showcasing the sparkle of Rimsky-Korsakow plus two perennial favorite requests: Grieg's beloved Piano Concerto with thrilling 2019 Competition Co-winner Meihui An, and Sibelius' triumphant Symphony No. 2.

Soothe your souls and fire your imaginations until we meet again in person, as we urge you to access our new website feature, Listen!, listing favorite Brockton Symphony archived performances, plus links to YouTube recordings of this season's repertoire.

We are a tremendously strong nation and Greater Brockton community with a proud history of overcoming adversity. Together, we will see our extended family through the current challenges, and we will emerge stronger and more united than ever in our determination to bring the blessings freedom, good health and world-class music to our beloved community.

Wishing you great joy through music, always. Stay well, stay safe!

James M. Orent, Music Director

Statement from the Board

July 16, 2020

Lately the stream of tragedy, frustration, rage, and hope have reminded us to reflect upon what we can do to help reshape our world. We embrace our brothers and sisters of color, as well as all marginalized groups, and aim high to rid the country of systemic racism. The bonds of our common humanity must overcome the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices.

We stand together to share our joy of music and to learn from each other how to create a more just world. As a member of the Greater Brockton community, we will listen and do our best to help make a change for the better by performing in the community, continuing to build bridges with local groups and churches, and celebrating diversity through our performances and involvement in the local community.

Brockton Symphony Board of Directors

BrSO April 2019 concert

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