The premier professional orchestra west of Boston, the Orchestra of Indian Hill presents six symphonic concerts at Littleton High School Performing Arts Center. Artistic Director Bruce Hangen has led the ensemble since his appointment in 1997. Performing a broad range of repertoire from the Baroque to works by 21st century composers, the Orchestra is comprised of 75 professional musicians, many of whom perform with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and other renowned ensembles throughout New England.
A bit of history: The Orchestra of Indian Hill originated as the Indian Hill Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 1975, the orchestra was a primarily volunteer ensemble of amateur, semi-professional and local professional players led by guest conductors with performances in churches and schools in the Massachusetts communities of Groton, Littleton and Ayer. The 1979-80 season marked the arrival of Paul Gay as the first music director. Over the ensuing decade, the orchestra grew, enlisted more professional musicians, increased programming, and became known as the Indian Hill Symphony in 1989. After the appointment of Bruce Hangen as artistic director/ conductor in 1997, the orchestra's stature and professionalism continued to grow and in 2004 it was renamed Orchestra of Indian Hill.
Over its 40-year history, the Orchestra of Indian Hill has appeared in many area communities, has collaborated with a number of distinguished choral groups, and has staged opera productions such as Madame Butterfly and La Boheme. In his review of La Boheme, former Boston Globe critic Richard Dyer said, "It is not always necessary to travel to the great opera houses of the world to hear a convincing performance ... an excellent orchestra." Acclaimed guests soloists have included David Kim, Christopher O'Riley, Leslie Parnas, Russell Sherman, Joseph Silverstein, Ryu Goto, and Anoushka Shankar. The Orchestra has also commissioned new works by a variety of modern day composers including David Amram, Libby Larsen, Joyce Mekeel, Tison Street, David Kechley and George Tsontakis. The achievements of the the Orchestra of Indian Hill have been recognized through numerous awards and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, major corporations and foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts.