28 Oct
15 year old violinist Keila Wakao featured soloist Newton’s New Philharmonia "New Phil Reawakens"

(Cover Photo: Acclaimed award winning 15 year old violinist Keila Wakao will be featured soloist when Newton’s New Philharmonia Orchestra kicks off its 27th season October 30 and 31 at Newton North High School. Courtesy photo.)

New Philharmonia Orchestra 



Newton North High School, 457 Walnut St, Newton, MA. 

Tickets range from $5 - $25 are available online at http://www.newphil.org/ or by calling the New Philharmonia at 617-527-9717.


October 30th, 2021 at 7:30pm  

October 31st, 2021 at 3:30pm 


Newton’s New Philharmonia Orchestra Begins 2020-2021 Season with New Phil Reawakens

Newton’s New Philharmonia Orchestra (New Phil) will kick off its 27th season of “Music for All” with New Phil Reawakens October 30th at 7:30pm and October 31st at 3:30pm at Newton North High School. 

The concert marks the organization’s return to live performances following a break during the pandemic and is sponsored in part by the Newton Cultural Council and The Village Bank. 

Led by Principal Conductor Jorge Soto, New Phil Reawakens will feature works by Barber, Haydn, Williams, and Sarasate. 

The performance will include acclaimed violinist and Newton resident Keila Wakao, who at just 15-years-old has performed around the globe and recently won both the Stulberg International String Competition and the Junior Composer Award at the Menuhin International Violin Competition

Tickets for New Phil Reawakens are available now at www.newphil.org  

New Phil Reawakens will begin with Samuel Barber’s masterpiece Adagio for Strings. Arranged for a string orchestra, the deeply emotional piece evokes sadness and longing and is considered one of the most popular works by any American composer.  

The timpani will shine in Haydn’s Symphony No. 103. Nicknamed “Drum Roll” for its startling introduction, Haydn’s penultimate symphony is a mastery of innovation from the somber opening theme to the energetic finale. 

(Acclaimed award winning 15 year old violinist Keila Wakao will be featured soloist when Newton’s New Philharmonia Orchestra kicks off its 27th season October 30 and 31 at Newton North High School. Courtesy photo.)

Keila Wakao will dazzle the audience performing with New Phil for two works from John Williams, the theme from Schindler’s List and the Tango from Scent of a Woman as well as the virtuosic and ever popular Carmen Fantasy of Sarasate

For Keila, this will be her first performance with an orchestra in Newton since winning the prestigious classical music prizes over the summer.  

Keila Wakao was born in Boston and began playing at the age of three. She was accepted as a student by the late Mr. Joseph Silverstein when she was six-years-old. 

A student of Donald Weilerstein and Soovin Kim from New England Conservatory, she has won numerous other competitions since the age of seven, including the New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition and the Junior Division of the Adelphi Orchestra Young Artist Competition as well as second place over all age groups. 

Keila gave her first solo performance with an orchestra at nine-years-old. Since then, she has performed solos and recitals throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Japan and Germany. 

“It is so great to share this wonderful repertoire together after so many months of little to no ensemble playing for so many,” said New Phil Executive Director Adrienne Hartzell Knudsen. “This is an exciting program showcasing an incredible hometown talent in Keila Wakao. We look forward to performing for the Newton Community and classical music fans in a safe and comfortable setting.”


For this concert, New Phil will be requiring proof of vaccination. Children under 12 may be admitted without vaccination if they are with fully vaccinated family members. Audience seating will be socially distanced and guests must wear a mask at all times inside the venue. 


Jorge Soto is a Venezuelan conductor and violinist with an active and diverse career both in North and South America. 

Currently, he is the Principal Conductor of the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Principal Guest Conductor of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, and the Music Director of the Sistema Side-by-Side Orchestra at Longy School of Music

In addition to his regular posts, Mr. Soto has collaborated with several orchestras. He has twice conducted the Boston Symphony Chamber Players: first in October 2019 for a performance of Stravinsky’s Octet at Jordan Hall, and again at Symphony Hall in December 2020, leading the ensemble in Elena Langer’s Five Reflections on Water. The latter performance was filmed and released as part of a BSO streaming concert in January 2021. 

Mr. Soto also served as assistant or cover conductor on several occasions throughout the BSO’s 2020-21 online season.  

Born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Mr. Soto is a product of El Sistema, an innovative program that uses classical music as a vehicle for social change. He began his musical studies in Venezuela at the Vicente Emilio Sojo State Conservatory, later studying violin at the Latin American Academy of Violin under Rhio Sanchez and José Francisco Del Castillo

Mr. Soto graduated with a Master of Music degree in conducting from the New England Conservatory.   


The New Philharmonia Orchestra, founded in 1995, is a 75-member nonprofessional regional orchestra based in Newton. The orchestra’s mission to perform “music for all” has been advanced by presenting programs of diverse repertoires of classical music for the enjoyment of audiences of all ages and experiences. The orchestra also strives to provide its nonprofessional players the opportunity to achieve a high level of ensemble performance not otherwise available.

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