Boston Conservatory Orchestra Presents Songs of Reflection and Joy at Groton Hill Music Center

The Center Stage production will feature classic works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Wagner alongside African American composer Ulysses Kay’s unique rendition of songs from The Southern Harmony.

March 13, 2023

Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Center Stage series will continue with a special performance by Boston Conservatory Orchestra at the Groton Hill Music Center on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Conductor and Professor of Orchestral Studies Bruce Hangen will lead Boston Conservatory Orchestra for the concert, Songs of Reflection and Joy, a spectacular program of works that embrace the changing season. The concert’s lineup includes an instrumental excerpt from Richard Wagner’s final opera, Parsifal; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, an ode to nature’s bright awakening after a long and somnolent winter; and the warming songs “Aylesbury,” “The Heavenly March,” “Wondrous Love,” and “Saint's Delight,” from African American composer Ulysses Kay’s The Southern Harmony.

This performance will feature a solo by Kyoka Minami (M.M. '22, G.P.D. '24, piano), winner of the 2022–2023 Boston Conservatory at Berklee Concerto Competition. Minami is a first-year student studying for her Graduate Performance Diploma (G.P.D.) in piano. Originally from Shiga, Japan, she moved to Boston as a child, where she lived for four years before relocating to Osaka. Minami received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the Kyoto City University of Arts and a Master of Music in piano from the Conservatory.

“Songs of Reflection and Joy will be a beautiful concert by Boston Conservatory Orchestra, featuring this year’s winner of our annual concerto competition, Kiyoka Minami, and an array of works that will bring light and springlike wonder to all in attendance,” said Hangen. “It is an honor to present this program in the stunning Groton Hill Music Center next month.”

Songs of Reflection and Joy will be presented at Groton Hill Music Center, located at 122 Old Ayer Road in Groton, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $16.50; the performance also will be available to watch via livestream.