Milford Orchestra To Hold Winter Pops Benefit Concert

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The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra will have a special “Winter Pops Gala Benefit Concert” on Feb. 9 at the Portuguese Club in Milford. Photo Credit: Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra

MILFORD, Mass. – Interested in listening to Swing Era music, dancing and eating delicious food? Then head to the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra’s special “Winter Pops Gala Benefit Concert” on Feb. 9 at the Portuguese Club in Milford.

The orchestra will perform an entire evening of music from the Swing Era, including classics from Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton and more. The evening will also feature Tom Gatturna, a vocalist who appears weekly at the Caffe Sorrento in Milford, with his renditions of Frank Sinatra songs. 

All musical arrangements are being created by Berklee School of Music professor, Jerry Seeco, a jazz musician who resides in Milford and has frequently collaborated with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra.

“This concert concept is one that has been floating around in my head for almost a decade now,” said Paul Surapine, Claflin Hill’s founder and artistic director. “We’ve been listening to Tom sing Sinatra at the Sorrento for over five years, and when you close your eyes, you swear you’re listening to a recording of Frank from 1963. Tom’s phrasing and nuances are ‘spot-on’ renditions of the 'Chairman of the Board' in his prime.

“We’re going to re-create the style and class of that period, when Sinatra frequently worked with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra,” Surapine added. “That, paired with music from the Swing Era, including Stan Kenton – who had a deep connection with Milford – will make for a historic evening of music here at Claflin Hill.”

Tickets cost $50, and they include a buffet provided by the Blackstone Valley Technical High School’s Culinary Shop, under chef Matt Williams, who will be preparing and serving appetizers and light entrees.

The evening will also include a silent auction, and all proceeds will benefit the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and their full-year season of musical performances in Milford and Central Massachusetts.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the two hour concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Seating will be at tables of 10, and there will be dancing. The Portuguese Club in Milford is at 119 Prospect Heights, and it’s handicapped accessible.

Tickets can be ordered through the Claflin Hill website.  For more information, visit the website or call Claflin Hill at 508-478-5924. 

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