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Ode for the New Year

featuring Julien Labro, bandoneón

Friday, January 5th, 2024
7PM – Bethel AME

Saturday, January 6th, 2024
7:30PM – Arlington St. Church

Sunday, January 7th, 2024
3PM – Brooke Charter School Mattapan

Table of Contents

Ode for the New Year

Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Ode for the New Year, 1758

William Boyce

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude from English Suite in G minor



Capriccio K. 20 in E major

Domenico Scarlatti

Pizzicato Polka

Josef & Johann Strauss II
(1827-1870), (1825-1899)

Radetzky March

Johann Strauss I

Concierto para quinteto

Astor Piazzolla

Run Time

The total run time of this concert is approximately an hour and a half, with no intermission.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Headshot of Christopher Wilkins. He is smiling, wearing a gray and light blue shirt.CHRISTOPHER WILKINS was appointed Music Director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in the spring of 2011. Since then, he has expanded the orchestra’s mission of making great music accessible to the whole community. He has also helped develop the orchestra’s Breaking Down Barriers initiative, making accessibility a priority in all aspects of the orchestra’s activities.

Mr. Wilkins also serves as Music Director of the Akron Symphony. As a guest conductor, Mr. Wilkins has appeared with many of the leading orchestras of the United States, including those of Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. Previously, Mr. Wilkins served as Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Colorado Springs Symphony.

He has served as associate conductor of the Utah Symphony, assisting Joseph Silverstein; assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi; conducting assistant with the Oregon Symphony under James DePreist; and was a conducting fellow at Tanglewood. He was winner of the Seaver/NEA Award in 1992.

Born in Boston, Mr. Wilkins earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1978. He received his master of music degree at Yale University in 1981, and in 1979 attended the Hochschule der Künste in West Berlin as a recipient of the John Knowles Paine traveling fellowship. As an oboist, he performed with many ensembles in the Boston area, including the Berkshire Music Center Orchestra at Tanglewood, and the Boston Philharmonic under Benjamin Zander.

Violin I

Gregory Vitale, CONCERTMASTER*

Christine Vitale*

Heidi Braun Hill 

Colin Davis


Violin II

Paula Oakes, PRINCIPAL*

Rose Drucker

Lisa Brooke



Kenneth Stalberg, PRINCIPAL* 

Ashleigh Gordon*

Noriko Futagami*


Velléda Miragias, ACTING PRINCIPAL

Patrick Owen*

Eugene Kim*



Robert Lyman, PRINCIPAL*



Guest Artists

Headshot of Julien Labro. He is looking out of a window, holding an accordion.

Heralded as “the next accordion star” by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, JULIEN LABRO has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneón players in both the classical and jazz genres. Deemed to be “a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger,” his artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide.
French-born Labro was influenced early on by traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson. Upon discovering the music of jazz legends, he quickly became inspired by the originality, freedom, creativity, and the endless possibilities in their musical language. After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory of Music, Labro began winning international awards including the Coupe Mondiale, the Castelfidardo Competitions, and many others. In 1998, Labro moved to the United States, where he further pursued his musical dream. Equipped with advanced degrees in classical music, jazz studies, and composition, Labro draws from his diverse academic background and eclectic musical influences as he searches for new themes and untried concepts, transforming and developing his creative ideas into new projects.

Labro has collaborated with numerous symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, often playing the dual roles of solo artist as well as composer/arranger. These include the conductorless Boston-based chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, Spektral Quartet, Arneis Quartet, Ensemble Vivant of Toronto, and Curtis On Tour from the Curtis Institute of Music faculty of Philadelphia. He has been a guest soloist with numerous symphonies such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St Luke’s, New World Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Cape Cod Symphony, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.

Julien’s musical journey has taken him all across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His classical collaborations include A Far Cry, Spektral Quartet, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St Luke’s, New World Symphony, the Qatar Philharmonic, The Paul Taylor Dance Company and the New York City Ballet. Julien has written for numerous ensembles, from quartets to full symphony orchestras. He has premiered works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun, Bryce Dessner, Angélica Negrón, Clarice Assad, Ethan Iverson, and Avner Dorman. Julien has collaborated with Cassandra Wilson, Maria Schneider, Anat Cohen, João Donato, Marcel Khalife, Paquito D’Rivera, Pablo Ziegler, Uri Caine, Miguel Zenón, 2 James Carter, John Clayton, guitarists Larry Coryell, Tommy Emmanuel, and John and Bucky Pizzarelli.

After a busy summer touring the US performing at prestigious festivals such as Ravinia Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival, Labro will open his 2023 season performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Orchestra of St Luke’s and the Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center. Spring of 2024 will see Labro zigzag the US with concerto appearances, chamber concerts with his ongoing collaboration with the Takács Quartet, a premier and residency with Camerata Pacifica, performances with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and premier a new collaboration with Evan Lurie and Mark Ribot at Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN.

In his free time, Labro is working on composing a second bandoneón concerto that will be a sequel to his first El Fueye Del Tiburón (The Bellows of the Shark). To learn more about Labro, visit

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