Belmont Festival Orchestra In Concert Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Beech Street Center

Photo: Nathaniel Meyer

Welcome in the New Year with music as the Belmont Festival Orchestra returns to the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St., on Saturday Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. to perform its annual holiday concert featuring Verdi’s Overture to the opera “La Forza del Destino” (“The Force of Destiny”) and Brahms Symphony No. 4.

The free program will be repeated at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St. on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m.

Founded in 2010 and led by Belmont High Class of 2009 alumni Nathaniel Meyer, the Belmont Festival Orchestra, is an ensemble of emerging young professional musicians in the Boston area, performing every year during the holiday season, and in the summer as a holiday gift from the musicians to the community.


Classical at the Beech: Belmont Festival Orchestra in Concert Thursday, June 1

Photo: Pianist Sasha Beresovsky and conductor Nathaniel Meyer.

The Belmont Festival Orchestra marks its return to the Beech Street Center with a concert of classical music standards on Thursday, June 1 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Led by the group’s founder, Belmont’s own Nathaniel Meyer (Belmont High Class of ’09), the all-volunteer orchestra will be joined by the brilliant, young Ukrainian-American pianist, Sasha Beresovsky, in a performance of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto in G major.

The concert’s program also features Glinka’s “Overture to Ruslan & Lyudmila” and Wagner’s magnificent and uplifting “Tannhäuser” Overture.

The concert is free and open to all residents in Greater Boston.

Meyer said Beresovsky has a truly incredible story. Born in Moscow to a Ukrainian family, they became refugees after the fall of the Soviet Union before coming to the United States.

“Throughout his harrowing, often difficult journey, he has been inspired by his deep passion for music, and particularly that of Beethoven,” said Meyer.

Beresovsky received his Master’s in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Ind. Sasha’s ongoing passion for music is fueled by his love of literature, history, the natural sciences and nature in particular.

The video shows Beresovsky performing Prokofiev.

Belmont Festival Orchestra Performs Thursday, 7 PM at Beech Street

Photo: Cristina Basili and Nathaniel Meyer.

Start the holidays with great music made by young musicians.

The Belmont Festival Orchestra led by Belmont’s own Nathaniel Meyer (Belmont High ’09, Yale ’13) returns on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. to give another Winter Concert for the Belmont community.

Meyer will conduct a program includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy-Overture and the Dvorak Cello Concerto, featuring the young Greek-Viennese cellist, Cristina Basili, who will be making her North American debut.

Born and raised in Vienna, Basili has performed as a soloist throughout Europe and is one of the most talented and charismatic rising stars in the international music scene.

Rehearsals are open to the public at 7 p.m. through Wednesday, Dec. 21.

The orchestra’s summer concert had more than 200 in attendance so come early. 

Cost is free but donations are accepted.

Classical Music Returns To Beech Street With Friday Night ‘Festival’ Concert

Photo: Nathaniel Meyer returns with the Belmont Festival Orchestra. (credit: Hello Stage)

Nathaniel Meyer is back in Belmont and has brought 50 of his friends to play music in his hometown. 

The young musician and conductor who has been traveling throughout Europe has once again reunited the Belmont Festival Orchestra to perform in concert on Friday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St. 

Meyer – a 2009 Belmont High graduate to matriculated at Yale (’13) – will conduct the youthful assemblage in Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. 

The concert is free. Residents are asked to come early as Festival concerts traditionally are “standing room only” affairs. 

Friday’s concert marks the fourth time Meyer brings the youthful Festival Orchestra to the Beech Street Center for a summer event – he also led a musical performance in December 2013.

An outstanding trumpet player, Meyer has been a student of Benjamin Zander, the long-time conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra who is currently the musical director of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Meyer obtained his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Meyer Conducts Chamber Concert Sunday at the Beech

Photo: Nathaniel Meyer.

Belmont High School alumnus Nathaniel Meyer conducts the Athena Orchestra Chamber Players in a “Summer String Serenade” on Sunday, July 26 at 2 p.m. at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St. 

Meyer, a 2013 Yale graduate who concentrated in German Studies and Music, will lead the ensemble in the free concert featuring music by Mozart, Elgar, Sibelius, Bach and Tchaikovsky.

This marks the third time Meyer brings an orchestra to the Beech Street Center for a summer concert– he also presented a concert in December 2013 – having organized the Belmont Festival Orchestra in previous years.

An outstanding trumpet player in his own right, Meyer has dedicated his current activities towards conducting. A  student of Benjamin Zander, the long-time conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Meyer recently obtained his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. 

At Yale, he conducted the school’s Amadeus Ensemble, Gilbert & Sullivan Society and the Yale Symphony Orchestra.