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Violinist Angel Valchinov performs Chamber Music Concert at Great Hall

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 7:30pm

Grafton, Mass. March 18, 2019 . . Apple Tree Arts and Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra present the extraordinary Concertmaster Angel Valchinov on violin in “Family Affair” with his sister Deyana Valchinova on piano and his mother Margaritka on violin April 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Great Hall, One Grafton Common in Grafton. Students of the Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies chamber ensembles will perform at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $19 for adults and $15 for students and seniors for this final concert of the three-part series. Tickets are on sale at or  call Apple Tree Arts at 508-839-4286. Light appetizers will be served. A cash and credit bar will be available with beer, wine and soft drinks for sale.

Mr. Valchinov’s mother and sister are also members of the CHSO. Margaritka Valchinova has served as the principal second violin since 2018. Deyana Valchinova, a pianist performed as a soloist with the orchestra in this season. She received her Master's Degree at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and her Doctorate in Piano Performance at the University of Miami. 

Angel emigrated to the United States to study at Idyllwild Arts Academy, an international well-known  residential arts high school. His sister later came to the U.S. to study music. Mrs. Valchinova and her husband Iliya Valchinov, the patriarch of the family emigrated too and joined their children in the Boston area. He is bassoonist who plays frequently with the CHSO.

“I wanted a chamber music concert in this series to be dedicated to the virtuosity of this amazing family  who have been soloists at Claflin Hill so that we may all have the opportunity to hear them as family,” said Paul Surapine, founder, executive and artistic director of Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra based in Milford, Mass and longtime faculty member of Apple Tree Arts.

Mr. Surapine decided to have this concert focus on these three musicians. “It’s a privilege to have musicians like Angel, one of the finest and his family as members of our orchestra. I decided to let their music be the focus of the concert and not join the group as a clarinetist,” he added.

The concert features the violin sonatas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Jean-Marie Leclair. Mr. Valchinov will perform a beautiful and easy listening Dmitri Shostakovich duet with his mother Margaritka and Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A major for violin and piano with his sister Deyana. A Bulgarian selection will be part of the concert, too.

The chamber music concert series is made possible with grants and sponsorships from Homefield Credit Union, CSR Financial Services, Koopman Lumber and Hardware,  The Brigham Hill Foundation and the Grafton Cultural Council.

The CHSO’s 2018-19 season has a climactic finish with the “Touchstone For Humanity” concert featuring music of Bach, Vaughan-Williams and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony April 27, 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Town Hall, 52 Main Street, Milford, Mass. in Milford, Mass. The New World Chorale will join the CHSO on the Beethoven selection with featured soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor and bass soloists.

Founded in 1989, Apple Tree Arts is  nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that has grown to server over 1,500 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,