Special Recognition Award — Leslie Holmes, Retired 25 Year President of Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Leslie Holmes



Our town has been blessed with the magic of music. Leslie Holmes, President Emerita of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Chair of the Advisory Board of BACA, is also a gifted soprano and pianist. She has been soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Opera Company of Boston, the Chorus Pro Musica, the MIT Choral Society, the Wellesley Choral Society, the Wellesley College Choir, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, at Castle Hill, and at Hammond Castle. Today we have another accolade for Ms. Holmes. The Wellesley Celebrations Committee, a standing committee of the Select Board, Town of Wellesley honors Leslie Holmes, with a SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD.

Wellesley will miss her beautiful voice as she has stepped down this year as the president of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra. She leaves behind a brilliant musical legacy. Leslie has given many pre-concert lectures and provided narrations with choruses and orchestras in the area. A Wellesley College graduate, Leslie is well-known for her numerous solo appearances, as well as for her radio program of eleven years on Classical Radio Boston, WCRB.

Ms. Holmes also has presented many lecture/recitals of music by women composers, French composers, classic American popular composers, and classical cabaret. She gave a lecture/recital entitled “The History of French Cabaret” at the summer of 1999 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) national workshop on the French Song. Leslie has given her ever-popular Cabaret français at, among other places, the French Library and Cultural Center, the Harvard Club, the French House at Wellesley College, Bard College, Brandeis University, and the Providence Athenaeum.

We are proud that Leslie Holmes brought her immense talents to our town. With a song in our hearts, we wish her all the best and thank you for the beautiful joy of music.

May 18th & 19th, 2024