Apple Tree Arts offer chamber music concerts in Grafton

Donna Blanchard sits in front of One Grafton Common with ATA faculty and CHSO musicians (l to r) Amy Carroll, Paul Surapine and  Kathryn Skudera Haddad (Photo/submitted)

Grafton – Apple Tree Arts (ATA) has announced a collaboration with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra (CHSO) on a series of three chamber music concerts starting with the Claflin Hill-Apple Tree Arts Collaboration concert Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, One Grafton Common, Grafton. The evening will showcase several ATA faculty members who are CHSO musicians, too. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and veterans. For tickets, call Apple Tree Arts at 508-839-4286 or order online at

“We’re thrilled to have a beautiful venue like the Great Hall with our Steinert concert piano so we may offer a high caliber music series with Claflin Hill,” said Donna Blanchard, ATA executive director.

“It’s an honor to have the kind of collaborative relationship we have with them. Our organization has gained many quality teachers. Our students enjoy symphonic music in close-by Milford and have joined their youth orchestra,” she added.

The Nov. 18 performance will feature an exquisite variety of music from several masterful professional musicians led by Paul Surapine, founder and executive director of CHSO. Surapine has been teaching clarinet and saxophone at Apple Tree Arts for over 15 years. Faculty members also include Amy Carroll who will play the flute and piccolo and violinist Kathryn Skudera Haddad.

There will also be a concert Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 featuring CHSO’s Stirring String Mastery and then a final concert Saturday, March 10, featuring Woodwind Hi-Jinks with CHSO’s flutists, oboist, and bassoonists joining Suarapine on the clarinet.

The CHSO has a history of performing in Grafton. Since 2009 the Claflin Hill Symphony Summer Winds has participated with Grafton Recreation department’s concert on the common series. The CHSO performs at the popular Fourth of July concert sponsored by Grafton Lions Club featuring Patriotic tunes and the traditional Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture.

Founded in 1989, Apple Tree Arts is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that has grown to serve over 1,000 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, visit