50th Reunion Music Print Email

Starting with the 25th, our reunions have been enriched by special classical music provided by our pianists Ursula Oppens and Phillip Moll, oboist Allan Vogel, and, more recently, Phillip’s wife Yuko, who is a lyric soprano. You may remember Ursula’s Boston Pops solo and the musicale at our 25th, and at our 35th, Tison Street’s composition played with Pops by Allan, and the glorious concert in Sanders with our musicians and the stars from the 25th reunion Class of ‘75.

As we did at the 25th, we will sit at tables on the floor of Symphony Hall, where we can order beverages and light snacks. Ursula and Phillip are the soloists for the concert and will play Mozart’s concerto for two pianos.

The memorial service will open with Ursula playing Schubert’s sublime Impromptu #3. Accompanied by Phillip, Yuko will sing a Shakespeare poem set to music by Gerald Finzi, and Allan and Yuko an aria from a Bach Cantata. One of the hymns in the memorial service, “All My Trials, Lord, Soon Be Over”, will be familiar to you from our own era of the Sixties. Allen Hopkins will accompany us on guitar.

There is less formal music as well. Tom Rush is putting together songs from our youth for his performance on Monday evening, Allen Hopkins will lead his traditional hootenanny afterwards, and the band at our final dinner on Wednesday will play more Sixties music. You can also vote for your favorite Sixties songs on hr65.org and may find them threading through other parts of the reunion.

Nancy Blackmun

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