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Apple Tree Arts premieres “Stirring String Mastery” concert on Jan. 27

GRAFTON--Apple Tree Arts presents the second concert of its Saturday Serenades  chamber music series on Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. featuring the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet with Paul Surapine, CHSO’s executive and artistic director on clarinet in the Great Hall, One Grafton Common in Grafton. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and veterans. For
 tickets, call Apple Tree Arts at 508-839-4286 or order online: www.
“It’s exciting to have the second chamber music concert in our Great Hall,” said Donna Blanchard, executive director of Apple Tree Arts. “The venue’s acoustics allow the entire audience to be engaged in an intimate sound experience. We are pleased to collaborate with the CHSO on the Claflin Hill-Apple Tree Arts Chamber series. Our long beneficial relationship has provided us with excellent teachers, given our students the chance to perform with a youth orchestra and offered the community an orchestra experience,” Ms. Blanchard said.
 The Saturday evening concert under the direction of Mr. Surapine offers a variety of music including the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, Bartok Romanian Dances, the world premiere of “Happy Birthday Suite” created by Vern Graham, a Providence, RI composer in honor of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday which falls on Jan. 27 and Johannes Brahms String Quartet No. 3.
The concert showcases the talents of CHOS’s musicians including first violinists Lidja Peno and Dimitar Krastev with principal violist Dimitar Petkov and principal cellist Johann Soults with CHSO founder and director Paul Surapine on clarinet.
“A chamber music concert allows the audience to be introduced to different sounds,” explained Mr. Surapine. “The sound of a string quartet is unusual when you hear them by themselves, it’s new and fresh.
The musicians are the main event and not supporting other instruments. It’s a sound that people haven’t heard before,” he said. Mr. Surpaine has been teaching clarinet and saxophone at Apple Tree Arts for over 15 years. He is the conductor of the CHSO as well as the Claflin Hill Symphony Summer Winds and youth orchestra.
“Woodwinds Hi-Jinks,” on March 10, the final concert in the Saturday serenade series will feature CHSO  musicians including a flautist, oboist, bassoonist, horn player and Mr. Surapine on the clarinet.  
The Claflin Hill-Apple Tree Arts Chamber Music Series is made possible with support from CSR Financial Services, Homefield Credit Union, The Brigham Hill Foundation and Koopman Lumber & Hardware.
Founded in 1989, Apple Tree Arts is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that has grown to serve over 1,000 children and adults annually with early childhood music classes, group keyboard lessons, private music and voice instruction, ensembles and theatre arts programs. The school provides a wide range of performances, special community musical and theatre arts events year-round.  For more information, visit