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In this week’s episode of SSO’s Homegrown Series, Principal Trumpet Thomas Bergeron transports us to the stage at Deerfield Academy, where he is Director of Chamber Music and Orchestra. Bergeron conducts the Deerfield Academy Chamber Orchestra in a socially-distanced performance of The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns that also features pianist Ben Wolfson, former member of the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras and winner of the SSO Rhodes Concerto Competition. SSO Music Director Kevin Rhodes and Bergeron introduce this very special presentation.

More about music at Deerfield Academy:

The Deerfield Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Bergeron – Director

Pianos – Forrest Gao ‘23, Ben Wolfson ‘24
Violins – Sean Kim ‘21, Angela Cui ‘21, Alex Bautista ‘21, Julia Mergel ‘22
Violas – Emily Feng ‘22. Annalisa Fang ‘22, Emma Sudo ‘23, Vasundhara Singh ‘23
Cellos – Yurok Song ‘22 (soloist on The Swan), Henry Zhang ‘24
Bass – James Macdonald
Percussion – Sam Thiel ‘22
Piccolo – Sarah Swersey Flute – Angel Zhou ‘22
Clarinet – Subha Sivakumar ‘21
Piano teacher – Yu-Mei Wei
Violin and Viola teachers – Anthony Berner and Ariel Parkington
Cello teacher – Volcy Pelletier
Flute teacher – Sarah Swersey
Clarinet teacher – Lynn Sussman
Videography – Sofia Taylor at Saltbox Films (
Audio recording, editing, mixing, mastering – Thomas Bergeron

Recorded during the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020