Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra To Hold Holiday Pops Concert
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The Claflin Hill Symphony is one of the region’s most prominent professional symphony orchestra, called “one of the finest regional orchestras in the country, bar none” by WGBH Music commentator Ron Della Chiesa. The CHSO sponsors a remarkable outreach program that helps youth perfect their musical talents and build long-lasting appreciation for music.
Holly MacEwen Krafka will direct and host the show along with CHSO Founder and Director Paul Surapine. During the 2-3 hour Holiday Pops celebration, you'll hear all of your seasonal favorites and sing-a-longs, and the orchestra will play its signature pieces such as Leroy Anderson’s “Sleighride” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from the Messiah. The Mannheim Steamroller arrangement of “Silent Night” and the Amy Grant “Breath of Heaven" are especially breathtaking. The CHSO Holiday Pops also offer selections in celebration of Hannukah.
A special show
For this year’s Holiday Pops edition, Krafka and Surapine have programmed a “Holidays Around the World” theme to the program, including holiday music from Russia, Italy, Germany, England, France and more. But don't worry, you'll be back to traditional American tunes by the second half of the concert. There may even be a visit from Santa Claus!
Claflin Hill will also be collecting toys for homeless families this year. Patrons who wish to donate a gift should bring a new, unwrapped gift to the concert. The toy donations will be distributed in partnership with the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce, who is helping to assist in brightening the holidays for many homeless families who are presently living in motel rooms throughout the region.
Ticket prices for Holiday Pops range from $25-39 and are available online by visiting the Claflin Hill website at www.claflinhill.org. The show will take place at 52 Main Street, Route 16 in Downtown Milford. For more information about Claflin Hill’s 2013-14 Symphony Season visit the website or call 508-478-5924.
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Red Lion Inn
Take a trip out west to the Berkshires and stay at one of the longest continuously operated inns in New England. The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge has been welcoming guests since 1773, and has hosted five presidents, as well as many notable figures, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and William Cullen Bryant. You may feel like you are in a Norman Rockwell painting; because you are. The inn is located two doors down from the famed artist's original studio, and has been featured in one of his most iconic paintings. Take a stroll down Main Street and visit some of the quaint village shops, and then head back to enjoy a romantic meal at one of the inn's many restaurants.
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Wachusett Village Inn
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1761 Old Mill Restaurant
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69 State Road East, Westminster
Nashoba Valley Winery
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100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton
Charlotte's House B & B
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96 South Bolton Road, Bolton
The Maguire House B & B
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30 Cobb Road, Ashburnham
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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11 French Drive, Boylston
Via Italian Table
There are few places better for a romantic evening out than authentic Italian restaurants. The atmosphere, the ambiance, and the food and drink selection all combine to provide the perfect environment for love. Check out the extensive menu of Italian dishes including pastas, steaks, seafood, and pork. But at Via's, as with all fine Italian restaurants, the food is only the beginning. Take a peek at the impressively long list of wines and other alcoholic beverages. If you're not too full, dig into some scrumptious Italian desserts as well. Be sure to check out Worcester's many other great Italian Restaurants as well.
89 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester
The red Inn
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30 Commercial St., Provincetown
Top of the Hub
You don't have to just enjoy Boston's iconic skyline, you can become part of it at Top of the Hub atop the Prudential Center. At 52 stories above Back Bay, this fine dining restaurant offers a great meal with even better views. From Fenway Park to Boston Harbor, you can see the entire city while enjoying some of the Hub's finest cuisine.
800 Boylston St.
The Porches Inn
What was once a series of dilapidated Victorian-era rowhouses, is now one of the most innovative and romantic hotels in the Berkshires. As part of the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art (MassMoCA), The Porches Inn features unique designs and bold colors, while still paying homage to the generations of mill workers' families who once lived there. Beyond the hotel, you can explore some of the areas great art. The aforementioned MassMoCA offers interesting conceptual art, and a short drive to nearby Williamstown will bring you to Williams College Museum of Art and the Clark Art Institute.
231 River St., North Adams
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