The Music of Robert Edward Smith:
A 70th Birthday Celebration

October 21, 2016 7:30 PM at First Church, Boston

We open our season with an entire concert devoted to the music of our Composer-in-Residence, Robert Edward Smith. Known for his memorable melodies and unabashed tonality, Mr. Smith has written hundreds of works for instrumental and vocal ensembles of all sizes. This retrospective, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, will focus on his works for strings and feature three stellar soloists.

The young American musician Christopher Houlihan is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the new generation of organists, praised by the media as “gifted” (New York Times), “dazzling” (Wall Street Journal), and “eloquent” (Los Angeles Times). He’ll bring his many talents to the Concerto for Organ and Strings.

Tenor Matthew Anderson, acclaimed for his “voice of exceptional dramatic flair and excellent tone” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) will perform Parables, three songs on poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Ina Zdorovetchi, prize-winner of several major competitions, including the International Harp Contest in Israel - the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world - will give the world premiere of the Concerto for Harp and Strings

A reception with the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres follows the concert. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting and historic celebration.


Smith: Serenade for Strings (2003)

Smith: Parables (1979)
      Matthew Anderson, tenor

Smith: Concerto for Harp and Strings (2016) World Premiere
     Ina Zdorovetchi, harp

Smith: Largo (1999)

Smith: Concerto for Organ and Strings (1996)
      Christopher Houlihan, organ