Now Announcing the 2019-20 Concert Season! A Note from Ronny Feldman, Music Director

Now Announcing the 2019-20 Concert Season! A Note from Ronny Feldman, Music Director

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s 19/20 season has arrived – welcome! Over this season’s four concert cycles, the program mix includes music spanning 250 years, from Mozart to John Harbison.  During our musical journey we will visit composers from Germany, Austria, Russia, The Orkney Islands, and, of course, the US.


Every symphonic concert series I curate includes music I am passionate about, music that is inventive and imaginative, composers who are underrepresented, American composers, and outstanding soloists. These are the passions that drive my repertoire decisions for our LSO audiences.


We begin our opening concert in October by taking a short musical tour of Scotland. Mendelssohn takes us to Fingal’s cave on the island of Staffa in the Hebrides.  Peter Maxwell Davies takes us to a riotous Scottish wedding on the Orkney Islands, complete with Bagpiper. 


Compositions by Brahms are featured on each of the first two concerts. I will never forget my first performance in Symphony Hall as a young cellist in the Boston Symphony of the Brahms C minor Symphony. Two moments from this great symphony stood out during that first performance. The first was the entrance of the majestic C major horn call that magically appears during the Adagio. The second was when the great BSO string section began the final Allegro with one of the most beautiful melodies Brahms ever composed.  I wait for these moments every time I conduct this piece. I get chills every time they appear. You can experience these signature moments for yourself on October 5th.


The Brahms Double Concerto is the anchor piece on the December 14th concert.  The Double features cellist Blaise Dejardin, the fabulous new Principal of the Boston Symphony, partnering with Naumberg Competition winner, violinist Ayano Ninomaya. Beloved Boston composer John Harbison, who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year, opens the program with a Foxtrot from his opera The Great Gatsby.  Joan Tower’s Duets, one of two compositions we will be performing of Joan’s, follows the Harbison in a nice pairing with the Brahms Double.


American music is the theme on the March 7th concert.  Four giants of American music are represented: Joan Tower, John Corigliano, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington.  Multiple-award winning American pianist Sara Davis Buechner is our stunning soloist.  Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in Ms. Buechner’s hands is something not to miss.  I can’t wait to work with her! A lovely Ellington medley rounds out the program in March.


The Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, K 297 b opens our final program in May.  The four soloists in the Concertante are LSO’s very own musicians: Britta Swedenborg, flute; Michael Barnett, oboe; Benjamin Steinhorn, bassoon; and Orlando Pandolfi, horn. These soloists are just a small sample of the many talented members we are fortunate to have playing in the LSO. Moz-Art à la Haydn by Alfred Schnittke, a fascinating synthesis of Classical styles and Modernism, follows the Mozart. We are joining the world wide celebration of the birth of Beethoven 250 years ago by ending our season on May 9th with perhaps Beethoven’s favorite Symphony, his cheerful Eighth Symphony in F Major.

There is a wonderful mixture of styles throughout the year; some old friends and some new friends.  I love the mix and I think you will too!

I’m excited!  It’s going to be a very good year!

Ronald Feldman
Longwood Symphony Orchestra Music Director

Welcome to the 2018-19 LSO season!

Dear LSO Friends,

It’s late summer, and I am thinking about the new season soon to begin… rehearsal strategies and concerts in Jordan Hall, the excellent repertoire, and introducing you to four inspiring soloists. In my mind’s eye, I see musicians working hard, many fresh from rounds at the hospital, playing with a sense of commitment and passion while joyfully sharing our music.

In addition to many traditional orchestral masterpieces, I’m excited to present two living American composers, Jennifer Higdon and Zachary Wadsworth. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral is one of the most oft-performed compositions in the contemporary canon. In her words: “This is a story that commemorates living and passing through places of knowledge and of sharing and of that song called life.” Zachary Wadsworth’s Piano Concerto is a piece I commissioned last year for Doris Stevenson and the Berkshire Symphony. Doris’ advocacy for new music has no equal, and she brings a wealth of experience to the stage as both soloist and legendary collaborative pianist. 

Taiwanese violinist William Wei, Laureate of the prestigious 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, joins us for the first concert, playing Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski’s brilliant Violin Concerto No. 2. On our second concert, Korean-born Young Concert Artist SooBeen Lee will amaze us with her performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Virtuoso Israeli-American cellist, Amit Peled, will be playing Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto on the 1733 Matteo Goffriller cello formerly owned by the legendary Pablo Casals. 

I take great pleasure in working with my LSO friends. Our repertoire and soloists form a multi-cultural musical tapestry. Given the polarized nature of the present social environment in which we presently live, I am very proud to present compositions and soloists from different parts of the world, working together in harmony with our Community Partners to share our music with you. It’s going to be a memorable year!

Twice Gifted: "Chronicle" Sings the Triumph of LSO

Longwood Symphony Orchestra was featured on WCVB Channel 5's Chronicle. Take a peek and learn what drives our fantastic musicians in both medicine and music, featuring Julie Reinmann, Terry Buchmiller, Ronny Feldman, and Nick Adams. 

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2017 Gala and Auction: A Tremendous Success!

Thanks to countless supporters, volunteers, and donors, our annual gala was a great succes. Held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Boston, the event featured something for everyone... delightful music, a luminescent honoree, and a rip-roaring live auction. When all was said and done, $115,000 was raised to continue the LSO's mission of healing through music, medicine, and service

After a lovely cocktail hour and gathering with friends old and new, the LSO (led by Maestro Ronald Feldman) performed Vivaldi's stirring Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor with Maestro Feldman and Julie Reimann, M.D. serving as soloists. It was a perfect start to the evening. 

After a delicious dinner, Lisa M. Wong, M.D. (LSO Past President) took to the stage to shine a light on the Healing Art of Music and introduce our 2017 Community Champion, Susan Pauker, M.D. A violinist and past board chair, Sue's involvement with the LSO spans nearly 30 years; she's also one of the founders of the Healing Art of Music Program. It was a beautiful moment as Sue was presented with a bouquet of flowers and her very own Longwood Symphony personalized chair!

To cap off the evening, Ailie Byers and Steve Scofield of Alpenglow Benefit Auctions led us on a wild ride through seven amazing items. There was cheering, laughter, and a few tense moments as bidders stared one another down to get one of the prized experiences. 

A special thanks goes out to the LSO Board, the 2017 Gala Committee, and the LSO Members for a splendidly exceptional evening. It was a true team effort! 

LSO passes an incredible milestone!

On May 6, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra completed a banner 2016-17 season, surpassing previous highs in community partner funds raised; the Healing Art of Music™ eclipsed the $2M lifetime mark as a result of helping four of Boston’s healthcare nonprofits cumulatively raise in excess of $390,000 during the concert season.

The four concerts—benefitting Global Oncology (, Shattuck Partners (, Caron New England (, and EqualHealth (—took place at NEC’s Jordan Hall in October (2016), December (2016), March (2017), and May (2017). 

LSO Executive Director Nick Adams says, "this season is an important milestone for the group, indicating that the musical/medical mission continues to resonate strongly within the Boston community.”  Adams says he’s seen a steady uptick in ticket sales and individual contributions, two key indicators of a healthy musical nonprofit. He adds, “we believe we have something important to say about the arts and their role in a healthy, vibrant, and strong Boston community.”

Led by Music Director Ronald Feldman, the LSO will soon announce its 36th season, featuring concerts to raise funds for both local and international medical causes. 


Edison and LSO

Innovation. Discovery. Leadership.

NEXT WEEK, we’d like to invite you to join us as we celebrate these three qualities through discussion and music.

At the LSO, these qualities inform what we do, from our Healing Art of Music Program to our Community Conversations and to LSO on Call.

Join us:

Best known for his invention of the electric light bulb, Thomas Edison's spirit of innovation, creativity, and discovery continues to inspire today. A visionary and leader, Edison constantly worked for transformation and progress. When establishing his group of collaborators at Menlo Park, he asked that they “…possess a vision of things that did not yet exist.” The Longwood Symphony and acclaimed Boston actor Jeremiah Kissel bring Edison’s story to life with music by Hollywood composer Kevin Kaska.

Earlier in the week, members of the LSO will participate in Boston’s 2nd annual HUBWeek, a celebration of Education, Science and Technology: Leadership: Finding Your Voice in Music & Medicine.

Just as physicians constantly search for the best therapies and research methods to better serve their patients, musicians also seek better techniques and methods to fully express themselves. Both disciplines utilize leadership and collaboration to effectively work together and achieve common goals in groups large and small.  

Reflecting on Mozart and Medicine, our musicians and panelists will discuss: What does it mean to lead? How do we learn? When should we lead and when should we follow? How do we communicate from each perspective?

The LSO's own Emily Hsieh, Terry Buchmiller, MD, Lisa Wong, MD, Julie Reimann, MD/PhD, and Mark Gebhardt, MD take the stage and relate their medical and musical experiences through Mozart. Visionary, biomedical entrepreneur, and cellist Christoph Westphal joins us in the conversation, setting the tone for what promises to be a truly "enlightening" evening.

In DC's Museum of American History, one of Edison's light bulbs from the 1870s.

In DC's Museum of American History, one of Edison's light bulbs from the 1870s.

Announcing Wolfram Goessling, HMS Director of HST!

Longtime LSO trumpeter, Dr. Wolfram Goessling, was recently appointed as the new Harvard Medical School director of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program and the new advisory dean and director of the Irving M. London Society. 

Goessling practices medicine at Brigham and Women's and Dana Farber, specializing in hematology-oncology and gastroenterology. He also teaches at Harvard Medical School. Goessling is an incredible physician, researcher, educator, and mentor, and we are very excited about his new leadership role!

LSO participating in HUBweek

Join members of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra for a special HUBweek performance at the Harvard Ed Portal in Brighton. In this hybrid lecture/performance, you'll hear from luminaries in the fields of music, medicine, and beyond sharing their research about leadership and experience leading in groups large and small. The Longwood Symphony Orchestra will explore the topic through a curated set of performances demonstrating the varied ways leadership can function in both music and medicine.

Click HERE to inquire for more details and to reserve tickets.  

Wheelock College Bestows LSO's Lisa Wong with Honorary Doctorate

Lisa Wong, LSO Past President and violinist/violist, received an honorary doctorate from Wheelock College on May 20, 2016. Continue reading below for Wheelock's beautiful write-up of her address to the students. We're proud to call Lisa one of our own!

Graduate Commencement Speaker Dr. Lisa Wong, a musician, pediatrician, author, and lifelong arts advocate, told the graduates that she grew up in Honolulu, where both her parents were the children of Chinese immigrants and the first in their families to go to college. Her father earned a law degree and was later appointed as the first Chinese-American federal judge in the U.S. Her mother was an elementary school teacher. Both parents instilled in all five of their children an appreciation for both education and music.

"Clear rules, structure, but with a sense of fun and a time for play—that's the recipe for lifelong learning," said Wong, who said her parents' approach launched her 50-year love affair with the violin. She joined a children's orchestra that traveled throughout the Hawaiian islands. "My violin, I found, was a change maker," she said. "My violin, the orchestra, and I traveled to other islands to play for schools where kids had never heard symphonic music."

During high school, the orchestra visited hospitals, where Wong said she learned how music can bring joy to children who were sick or in pain. By the time she left for college, she was determined to try to create a career path that somehow included music, education, health, and community service. She said she explored an opportunity to work as a pediatric cardiologist in a fast-paced ICU, but decided instead to become a family pediatrician and and founder of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra's "Healing Art of Music Program."

"I've come to understand and appreciate life's long view," she said. "In my practice, I care for children when they're born until they graduate from college. That is a privilege."

Wong urged the graduates to embrace the arts, no matter what field they choose. "Students of every age simply learn better through the arts; the playfulness, structure, and freedom of the arts are essential for all of us," she said. "A traumatized child may open up through a shared song. A non-verbal child may find her voice through drawing. The arts can't end with preschool curriculum. Incorporate the arts in every level."

Honoring a Mentor with Music

Ronald Arky, the Daniel D. Federman, M.D. Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, is celebrated as a Longwood Symphony Orchestra community champion at the organization's Healing Art of Music gala on April 9. Arky has mentored generations of students, serving as a faculty member at HMS for over 50 years and as advisory dean and director of the Francis Weld Peabody Society for nearly 30 of those years.

Photos by Bethany Versoy for Harvard Medical School

Photos by Bethany Versoy for Harvard Medical School

Photos by Bethany Versoy for Harvard Medical School

Photos by Bethany Versoy for Harvard Medical School