Classics III – May 4th & 5th – Hayden Ren, cello

Cello Concerto in B Minor – I. Allegro – Antonin Dvorak

Hayden Ren, 15 years old, is a sophomore at Newton North High School. She started taking piano lessons at age four and cello lessons with Allison Eldredge at age eight.  Hayden was the 1st prize winner of the 2024 New England Conservatory (NEC) Preparatory School Concerto Competition (age Category B) and 1st prize winner of the 2020-2021 NEC Prep Solo String Competition (Cello in Category A). She was the runner-up of 2023 Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2nd prize winner of the 2022 Brockton Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition, 2nd prize winner of the 2023 Quincy Symphony Orchestra Eleanor B Nelson Concerto Competition, and the 1st prize winner of American Fina Art Festival International Concerto Competition 2018-2019.  As the prize winner and finalist of concerto competitions, Hayden performed as a soloist with Shannon Chamber Orchestra and Wellesley Symphony Orchestra in 2024. In 2022, Hayden played with ASMI Chamber Orchestra in Rimini, Italy.

Being an avid chamber musician, Hayden and her Rivers chamber group Résonne Trio won 1st prize in the senior group of 2024 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition. She and her NEC chamber group Allen Trio performed in the “NEC Prep Chamber Music Showcase Concert 2023” in Jordan Hall. Hayden has been a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra since 2021. As a competition winner, music festival participant, and member of BPYO, she performed in Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and Teatro degli Atti in Rimini, Italy, and prestigious music venues in Athens, Thessaloniki, Corfu, Ioannina, Delphi, and Patras of Greek Isles in 2022, and Pretoria, Soweto, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Makhanda of South Africa in 2023. BPYO will tour Basel, Prague, Hamburg, Vienna, and Berlin this summer.

Bernhard Metzger is a computer programmer by profession, having received his Computer Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1972 and worked in that industry for 40 years, mostly in the financial sector. At School when not studying computers, he hung around the music department.  He started Violin in 1971 and took up the Viola in 1974 with Jerome Lipson of the Boston Symphony and has played in community orchestras since 1975 including the NPO since its inception. He met his late wife Karen while playing in the Newton Symphony in 1975 and both played together there and in the NPO.  Three years ago, he started studying Music theory with the goal of “playing better”.  A harmonization exercise led to “Ramblings an FTD Journey” for piano which was recorded and performed by Jon Bass of the Berklee School of Music and used for a fund raiser for the MGH FTD research unit. While he always loved programming, he has found the same joy in composing and has turned to it full time. He is currently studying Theory with David Stevens, composition with Derek David, and Viola with Scott Woolweaver of Boston.






Classics I – November 4th and 5th
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73 Emperor – Ludwig van Beethoven

Pianist Max Levinson is known as an intelligent and sensitive artist with a fearless technique. His international career was launched when he won First Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition. He is also recipient of other prestigious prizes including the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Award. He has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony, Utah Symphony, Boston Pops, the Sun Symphony (Hanoi, Vietnam). and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and in recital at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, and throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.  He is highly sought after as a performer of chamber music, and is an Artist-Member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and has collaborated with such musicians as James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, Anne Akiko Meyers, Pinchas Zukerman, Stefan Jackiw, Lynn Harrell, and the Tokyo, Vermeer, Mendelssohn, Borromeo, Muir, and Ulysses Quartets. 

Max Levinson is a graduate of Harvard and the New England Conservatory.  His principal teachers were Patricia Zander, Aube Tzerko and Bruce Sutherland.  He serves on the faculty at both the Boston Conservatory and New England Conservatory, and gives master classes at conservatories and colleges throughout the world. He also frequently serves as a jury member for competitions. Max Levinson is a Steinway Artist. 

Classics II – February 24th and 25th
I Had a Dream – Lee Hoiby
Old American Songs – Aaron Copland

Baritone Philip Lima has regularly garnered critical acclaim for his performances on both concert and operatic stages: “His singing was glorious” (The Boston Globe) – “vibrant baritone and a commanding presence” (Cleveland The Plain Dealer) – “keen musicianship along with total dramatic intention.” (Opera News Online).

He has sung leading operatic roles in Germany and for regional American opera companies in repertoire ranging from traditional favorites by Handel, Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi; to important works of twentieth century masters such as Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, and Viktor Ullmann; to the comic masterworks of Gilbert and Sullivan. Of particular note have been his featured roles in the world premieres of operas and songs by jazz greats Leslie Burrs, Nathan Davis, and Mary Watkins, and by award-winning composers Larry Bell and Julius Williams.

Mr. Lima has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops and over seventy orchestras, choral societies, and concert series across the United States and in Korea and Ukraine in beloved choral works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Fauré, Handel, Mendelssohn, Orff, and Vaughan Williams, as well as works by Bernstein (Arias and Barcarolles and major excerpts from Mass), Dave Brubeck (The Light in the Wilderness), Mahler (Kindertotenlieder), Ravel (Don Quichotte à Dulcinée), and Lee Hoiby (his setting of the “I Have a Dream” speech of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Mr. Lima is featured on the recording of pioneering African-American composer Florence Price’s Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight that won the 2020 American Prize for the Performance of American Music.

The Assistant Chair of Berklee College of Music’s Voice Department, Mr. Lima is a frequent recitalist whose performance of Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Beverly Orlove was cited by The Boston Phoenix in an annual summary of Boston’s “Unforgettable Classical Events.”

More information about Mr. Lima is available at, and at his YouTube channel, PhilipLimaSings.