Brockton: High School Concert Features World Premiere of Musical Piece

Not many bands get the chance to say they played the world premiere of a work written by an Emmy Award-winning composer.

But at the spring concert, the Brockton High School Advanced Concert Band played Randy Klein’s “Brockton,” – a three-movement piece written about the city.

“It was excellent. This is one of the best high school orchestras I’ve heard,” said Klein. “Vinny Macrina really has them disciplined. I didn’t have to write down to them. I was able to write at a high level so that they could make it sound as good as it did.”

The three movements are titled Shoe Town, City of Champions, and A New Diversity.

“It’s a great privilege. It’s something I’ve never done before,” said 18-year-old Esther Adegoke. “Not a lot of bands can say ‘we commissioned a work,’ the work really summarizes what Brockton is about… Mr. Klein did a great job putting all of that together for us to play.”

The band delivered a stellar performance and got a standing ovation from the audience.

“You see the people in the audience clapping. You made them feel some way. You made them experience something that you’ve been experiencing for all this time of your life,” said 18-year-old Ryan Shaw. “It’s not just from our lives, it’s from all of Brockton’s history.”

The concert was sponsored by the Brockton Rotary, which was celebrating its 100th anniversary. Amy Korim, a local piano teacher, wanted to commemorate the event and came up with the idea to have a song written about the city. Thus, “Brockton” was created.

“I’m just very pleased and I think it’s a great thing for Brockton and all the kids,” said Korim. “I’m just happy for all the kids because I know they took away a fantastic experience.”

For many in the band – including 18-year-old Aysha Cheretakis – they felt it was a special opportunity that few others have had.

“We really enjoyed playing it, and we poured our hearts into it to make sure that we represent Brockton as best as possible,” said Cheretakis.

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Aysha Cheretakis, 18, reads a letter of thanks to Randy Klein. Photo Credit: Lenny Rowe.

Aysha Cheretakis, 18, reads a letter of thanks to Randy Klein. Photo Credit: Lenny Rowe.

Vincent Macrina (front, left) and Randy Klein shake hands after the premiere of "Brockton." Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Vincent Macrina (front, left) and Randy Klein shake hands after the premiere of “Brockton.” Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Randy Klein (far right) was awarded a citation from the Mayor's office in Brockton. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Randy Klein (far right) was awarded a citation from the Mayor’s office in Brockton. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

From left: Randy Klein, Amy Korim, and Vincent Macrina. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

From left: Randy Klein, Amy Korim, and Vincent Macrina. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.


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About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com