March Masterworks - "Winter Dreams"

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8 pm (Pre-Concert Talk, 7:15 pm)
Memorial Hall, Melrose

  • Rossini - Italian Girl in Algiers
  • Vivaldi - Concerto for Two Trumpets
    Randy O’Keefe & Matt Repucci, trumpets
  • Rossini - Theme and Variations for Clarinet & Orchestra
    Erin Svoboda, clarinet
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 1, "Winter Dreams"

Escape the winter doldrums with the lyrical romanticism of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. His first symphony eloquently combines beautiful depictions of frozen landscapes alongside Russian folk tunes.

This concert also highlights current and past members of the Melrose Symphony including Erin Svoboda, Randy O’Keefe, and Matt Repucci. A graduate of Melrose High School, Erin Svoboda now performs with the Utah Symphony and throughout the US.


About the Soloists

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Clarinetist Erin Svoboda currently holds the position of Associate Principal Clarinet in the Utah Symphony, a position she has held since 2013.  

A native of Melrose, Erin began playing second clarinet in the Melrose Symphony at age fourteen and continued throughout high school, ending with a performance as soloist with Weber's Second Clarinet Concerto at age seventeen.  She then returned in 2011 with her father, bassoonist Richard Svoboda, to perform Michael Gandolfi's Eve's of Reeds, which the Melrose symphony commissioned and premiered. 

Erin has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, American Symphony, and Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and has given solo recitals in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York.  She has attended festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival.  Erin can be heard on a CD entitled Spring Dreams, in which she plays Tibetan Dances with Bright Sheng and Cho-Liang Lin. 

Erin has music degrees from the New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Temple University.

Randy O’Keefe has been the Principal Trumpet of the Melrose Symphony since 2002. Randy has been the Music Department Head and High School Band Director for the Masconomet Regional School District (Boxford, MA) since 1990.  In addition to playing principal trumpet with the MSO he is also the Music Librarian. Prior to joining the MSO Randy played principal trumpet with both the 567th Air Force Band (Massachusetts Air National Guard), and the 555th Air Force Band (Ohio Air National Guard). 

He earned a BA in Music Education from Ohio University, a MM in Trumpet Performance from the University of Notre Dame, with additional advanced studies in Music Education at the Hartt School of Music.  

He currently resides in Wakefield with his wife Jane, a full-time church musician at St. Mary’s Parish in Winchester. 

Matthew Repucci holds a Bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Connecticut and a Master's degree in Trumpet performance from the University of Massachusetts.  He has also studied with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and Swedish trumpet soloist Håkan Hardenberger. 

Currently in his 11th year performing with the Melrose Symphony, Mr. Repucci has also performed with The Boston Pops Orchestra, The Boston Philharmonic, The Albany Symphony, The New World Symphony, and is Principal Trumpet of the Cape Ann Symphony and North Shore Philharmonic.  

Mr. Repucci believes strongly in the value of music in our schools and after finishing his graduate studies began his teaching career which ultimate lead him to his current position as Band Director for the Melrose Public Schools.