Orchestra of Indian Hill To Begin 48th Season as Vista Philharmonic Orchestra

Groton Hill Music Center, the region’s foremost nonprofit music education and performance organization, announced today that its professional symphony orchestra (formerly Orchestra of Indian Hill) will begin its 48th Season with a new name: Vista Philharmonic Orchestra.

“The Vista Philharmonic Orchestra is our flagship ensemble,” said Lisa Fiorentino, Groton Hill Music Center CEO, “and as we prepare to move to our new home in Groton in September, we’re excited to rebrand our orchestra with a bold artistic vision that will excite our long-time concert-goers and invoke a curiosity among those who are new to symphonic music or new to our orchestra and organization.”

“The name Vista Philharmonic Orchestra says that while we are
firmly planted in tradition, our eyes are always on the horizon.”
Maestro Bruce Hangen

Artistic Director & Conductor Bruce Hangen, who has led the critically-acclaimed Orchestra since 1997, explained the rationale behind the new name: “The word ‘vista’ means many things, from view and outlook to panorama and perspective. Wonderful vistas abound in our new home, which also opens the door to new experiences in music and different perspectives on what live music experiences can be. The name Vista Philharmonic Orchestra says that while we are firmly planted in tradition, our eyes are always on the horizon.” 

The Vista Philharmonic Orchestra will open its season this fall with chamber orchestra concerts in our 300-seat Meadow Hall. Opening weekend features music of Copland and Ravel on Friday, October 21 (Sold Out) with an encore presentation on Sunday, October 23.  A Christmas-themed concert will take place on Saturday, December 17.

The full orchestra season will begin on Saturday, January 21, 2023 with “Opening Night at the Philharmonic” and the grand opening of The Concert Hall at Groton Hill, our 1,000-seat venue. Maestro Hangen has chosen works by R. Strauss, Mozart, Gabrieli, and Tan Dun, and will conclude the program with Respighi’s spectacular “Pines of Rome.” Other Vista Philharmonic Orchestra season highlights include Rachmaninoff’s ”Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” with renowned pianist Misha Dichter; Saint-Saens’ “Symphony No. 3 with organist Randy Steere; Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7”; Dvorak’s choral masterwork “Te Deum”; and the world premiere of a multimedia commission featuring panoramic photography of the region blended with our live orchestra.

Vista Philharmonic subscriptions for the orchestra season and single tickets for the October and December concerts are now on sale online.

The Vista Philharmonic Orchestra is comprised of 70 experienced professional musicians who also perform and teach in high-caliber organizations and ensembles throughout New England. The Orchestra is known for performing symphonic classics as well as works by living composers, such as Lera Auerbach, Tan Dun, Oliver Knussen, and Rodion Shchedrin. Guest soloists in past seasons have included principal musicians from the Boston, Philadelphia, and St. Louis Symphonies, plus international soloists Eliot Fisk, Ryu Goto, Irina Muresanu, R. Carlos Nakai, Rachel Barton Pine, Anoushka Shankar, James Walker, and Quartetto Gelato.

The achievements of the Vista Philharmonic Orchestra have been recognized through numerous grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, major corporations and foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Orchestra is a member of the League of American Orchestras.

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