Tuesday, October 16, 2018

My newest promo for the Brockton Symphony

When I'm not recording audiobooks I produce radio commercials for the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. (I'm their emcee and "Voice of the Symphony.") This Sunday is our next concert.

You can hear it by clicking here.

Here's the text of the spot:

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra launches their 71st Season, A Cornucopia of Symphonic Treasures, with Autumn Harvest: The Horn of Plenty, at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 21st at the Christ Congregational Church.

You’ll be stirred by Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, and Arutiunian’s fiery Trumpet Concerto, featuring our 2017 Youth Concerto Competition co-winner, Huanyi Yang. Relax to Enjoy Gounod’s elegant Ballet Music from his opera, Faust. Prepare for the range of emotions in Dvořák’s dramatic masterpiece, Symphony No. 7, with its mournful sense of tragedy, and warm-hearted lyrical themes.

Adult tickets purchased at the door are $25.00, seniors and students $20.00, children 18 and under, free. Save $5.00 and order in advance at Brockton Symphony.org or by calling 508-588-3841. That’s 3:00 PM, Sunday, October 21st at the Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street in Brockton. The Brockton Symphony Orchestra – A Greater Brockton Treasure! Sponsored by Harbor One Bank.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Publisher Praise for my Narration and Production

When you submit your work to a publisher like Melissa at Find Your Way Publishing, and they say

“You've gone above and beyond and we hope to work with you again in the future. Thanks again, and again. Your professionalism, expertise, and attention to detail is extremely impressive, and we are very grateful to you.”

Well, you just smile – and thank your coaches. So thanks to Sean Allen Pratt and Johnny Heller and all of the colleagues who make me better by sharing their experience and expertise.

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Book I Would Truly Enjoy Narrating and Producing

I've just submitted an audition to produce the audio of a book that contains many of the lessons I learned in my 40 year career as "Harry the Librarian." It is Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World, by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, and is published by the American Library Association. I would be proud to be in their "stable."
This content is important to me. My 40 year career in Public Libraries included Executive Director of 6 town and city libraries. I oversaw planning and implementation of the renovation and expansion of a large town library, “built” a new city library after the old one had its 8th major flood, and commissioned two other cities’ libraries whose Directors left when construction was “complete.” I still call myself "Harry the Librarian." I’m an Audible Approved Producer with the technical skills to produce a worthy product, but it’s up to the "Rights Holder" to evaluate the appropriateness of my "performance."

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Brockton Symphony wraps up 70th Season: Symphonic Fireworks



I was so flattered after Sunday's "Across the Stars," when Concertmaster Kristina Nilsson said my "performance" as Master of Ceremonies adds gravitas to our concerts. Here's my promo for April 29th:

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra wraps up their Gala 70th Jubilee Season with Symphonic Fireworks at 3:00 PM on Sunday, April 29th at the Christ Congregational Church. Celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with a medley from his dazzling West Side Story and his On the Waterfront Suite! The celebration continues as internationally acclaimed organist, Dr. Steven G. Young, salutes the Brockton Symphony’s 70th anniversary, performing Saint-Saëns' kaleidoscopic Symphony No. 3, the Organ Symphony, on the Christ Congregational Church's beautiful Austin Organ. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. Adult tickets purchased at the door are $25.00, seniors and students $20.00, children 18 and under, free. Save $5.00 and order in advance at Brockton Symphony.org or by calling 508-588-3841. That’s 3:00 PM, Sunday, April 29th at the Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street in Brockton. The Brockton Symphony Orchestra – A Greater Brockton Treasure! Sponsored by Harbor One Bank.

Monday, January 29, 2018

John Williams and Harry Williams return to the Brockton Symphony



Along with audiobooks, I enjoy producing radio commercials for the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. 12 years ago I joined them to narrate John Williams' (no relation, as far as I know) Harry Potter Movie Music to introduce young people to the instruments of the orchestra. This is my 10th year as their Master of Ceremonies. Next month's concert includes his Star Wars Music.

Here's the text of the promo:
The Brockton Symphony Orchestra invites you to our family-friendly concert, Across the Stars, at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 18th at the Christ Congregational Church. It opens with Ignite, a Fanfare composed by principal tubist David Vess to celebrate the Symphony's 70th Anniversary Season.
Violinist Alex Goldberg, our 2016 Youth Competition winner, soloes on Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy. Travel in time and space, from Glazounow's Suite from the Middle Ages, to faraway galaxies in John Williams' Star Wars Suite. Other composers include Dvorak, Mozart and Smetana. Adult tickets purchased at the door are $25, seniors and students $20, children 18 and under, free. Save $5 and order in advance at Brockton Symphony.org or by calling 508-588-3841. That’s 3:00 PM, Sunday, February 18th at the Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street in Brockton. The Brockton Symphony Orchestra – A Greater Brockton Treasure! Sponsored by Harbor One Bank.


Monday, December 18, 2017

Smaller venue, fewer performers, a more intimate experience


I am blessed to be "The Voice of the Symphony" for this incredible orchestra! Yesterday's Holiday Pops concert was magnificent, a huge success and an audience favorite. Next month we scale back to a smaller venue and more intimate experience as described below.

Sunday, January 28th, the Brockton Symphony Orchestra presents a Chamber Music Concert at 3:00 PM at the Christ Congregational Church. Chamber concerts are enchanting and mesmerizing – a different, more intimate musical experience than a full symphonic concert. You get close to the musicians and experience the power of just a few instruments in each piece, beautifully harmonizing, trading solos, stirring and transporting you.

The Brockton Symphony Chamber Players offer a potpourri of their favorites from Baroque to Contemporary.

Adult tickets purchased at the door are $25, seniors and students $20, children 18 and under, free. Save $5 and order in advance at Brockton Symphony.org or by calling 508-588-3841. That’s 3:00 PM, Sunday, January 28th at the Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street in Brockton, near the Easton line.

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra – A Greater Brockton Treasure! Sponsored by Harbor One Bank.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Big Hall (Brockton High) Big Music, Big Fun!




I have been invited to continue as "The Voice of the Symphony" and serve as Master of Ceremonies. I gleefully accepted. My latest ad for the Brockton Symphony Orchestra includes clips from 5 of the many pieces that you can hear if you join us for the concert. Here's the text of the ad:

The Brockton Symphony returns to Brockton High for Maestro Emilian Badea’s joyous Holiday Pops Concert on Sunday, December 17th at 3:00 PM.

Rejoice and celebrate with joyous world music and familiar favorites. Kate Higgins’s South Middle School Chorus sings "Still, Still, Still.” Sing along with Anderson’s “Christmas Festival,” and clap to Strauss, "Radetzky March.”

Soloists include vocalist Renese King, Pianist Tudor M. Bota, and Dr. Badea on accordion. The program includes Christmas and Hanukah songs, Folk songs, jazz, polka and a tango; composers from Shostakovich to Strauss, Enya to Glenn Miller, and too many more to mention.

Tickets purchased at the door are Adults $30.00, seniors and students $25.00, 18 and under free. Purchase in advance and save $5.00 at Brockton Symphony dot org, or call 508-588-3841. That’s 3:00 PM, Sunday, December 17th at the Brockton High School. The Brockton Symphony Orchestra – A Greater Brockton Treasure! Sponsored by Harbor One Bank.