Welcome to the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra
The Salem Philharmonic Orchestra begins its 113th year with a series of three concerts at the Salem High School in January of 2017. This season welcomes a variety of soloists, both vocal and instrumental, and will continue its tradition of offering wide range of classical and popular selections.
On January 8, the orchestra welcomes mezzo-soprano Roselin Osser, whose vocal artistry will be well known to many members of our audience from her many appearances with our friends in the area’s performing arts community. On that same program, 17 year old trumpeter Arieh Soferr from Beverly will play a portion of the famous Hummel concerto. On January 15, award winning pianist Jasmin Atabekyan will perform Chopin’s Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, and will be joined by a surprise guest! (hint: our guest’s fireworks performance during our 2016 season was a highlight!) On January 29, the orchestra will be joined by well-known tenor Ethan Bremner, whom audiences will remember from his most recent appearance at the Paul Madore Chorale 50th anniversary gala. On that same concert, we have SPO’s own percussionist and Salem High School senior Alex Debski, who will perform a selection from Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro’s marimba concerto. The season will also feature appearances by the Salem High School Symphony and the Salem Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
The orchestra does not charge admission, and in this regard, the concert series is possible the oldest ongoing free concert series in the United States. Our supporters are as diverse as our audience: the SPO has been sponsored by the Salem Trust Fund Commission, The Music Performance Trust Fund of New York, the Salem Cultural Council, area businesses, especially Salem Five Bank, and individual supporters.
John Koza is the conductor of the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra. John is a clarinetist, teacher and conductor from Beverly, Ma. Born and raised in Salem, Mr. Koza received a Bachelor of Music Degree in music education and music theory and composition from University of Massachusetts at Lowell. In addition to performing throughout the Boston area, he has played for most of the orchestras and choruses on the North Shore. After serving as a clarinetist in the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra since 1976, Mr. Koza was named music director of the orchestra beginning with the 2015 season. He is also the assistant conductor of the Salem Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under SPO conductor emeritus Alan Hawryluk
These concerts are a wonderful Sunday afternoon activity, free of charge, during the darkest months of the year, at which time many arts organizations are not actively performing. Our senior citizens, attend in great numbers, but our audience also consists of many families, who not only appreciate the free admission, but also know that the atmosphere of the concerts is such that children are always welcome. Over the years, the orchestra has grown in popularity to occasional standing room only crowds at the Salem High School Auditorium, where we regularly draw over 500 attendees. Audiences gather at the auditorium entrance some 30-45 minutes before each concert waiting for the orchestra to finish its final run-through in order to get a good seat.