About the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra

Most every Wednesday evening from September to June, members of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra gather to rehearse for one of the five concerts they perform each season. The players range widely in age and experience, but all have in common the love of making music. Depending on the orchestra’s needs, new members are generally welcome – especially strings – and no audition is necessary to join. Each new season features a sprinkling of new faces ranging from young students to seniors. Many members are loyal veterans – one violinist has been playing with the orchestra since it was established in 1935!

Under the batons of Music Director Walter Pavasaris and Assistant Conductor James Russell Smith, the orchestra presents its first concert in November. A holiday concert follows in December in which the orchestra joins the Arlington-Belmont Chorale conducted by Barry Singer. In February, the orchestra performs a free Family Concert designed to inspire youngsters of all ages. In May, the orchestra and the chorale are together again to present the Philharmonic Society’s Sponsors’ Concert. The season concludes with the POPS! Concert in June, which features both the orchestra and the chorale and is coupled with a delightful pre-concert Strawberry Festival.

The orchestra takes pride in presenting a broad spectrum of the traditional classical repertoire as well as modern works, including local composers. POPS, of course, predominately showcases lighter works taken from the worlds of jazz, show tunes and movie scores. In addition, each year the orchestra accompanies winners of the Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Competition. These young soloists – some as young as 10 years old – span the full range of instruments from piano to violin to voice and never fail to deliver amazing performances.

The orchestra rehearses each Wednesday night at 7:30 at the First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church in Arlington beginning the first Wednesday after Labor Day and continuing into June. For more information, contact the chair of the orchestra at orchestra@psarlington.org.