A Little Night Music

October 21, 2017 7:30 PM at First Church, Boston

Three young pianists will take center stage with the Chamber Orchestra of Boston presents “A Little Night Music.” Charles Molten, Raner Chow and Felicity Zhang are the soloists for the Boston première of Suite Petite by Robert Edward Smith.

Renowned piano teacher Mila Filatova commissioned the new work to give young students an opportunity to play with orchestra. Mr. Smith says, “The work was written in such a way as to be understandable to a child, while being interesting enough to engage an adult audience. Special attention had to be given to the size of a child’s hand, which cannot play certain intervals that would be easy for an adult.”

Also on the program are Mozart’s famous Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Borodin’s romantic Nocturne, and beautiful new works by Brian Balmages and Oliver Caplan.


Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Balmages, Brian: Lullaby to the Moon

Smith, Robert Edward: Suite Petite

Dvorak, Antonin: Notturno

Caplan, Oliver: Lunastella Fuga

Borodin, Alexander: Nocturne

Charles Molten began his piano studies with Mila Filatova when he was 6 years old. Now age 10, he is in the 4th Grade in Carlisle, Massachusetts. In 2015, he won First Place at the Young Artist Piano Competition in Rhode Island. In 2016, and 2017, Charlie performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City for receiving First Place Honors at the Crescendo International Music Competition. He has performed with the New Hampshire Philharmonic and the Sempre Musick Symphony Orchestra. With profound wonder, he embraces all genres of piano music, including Classical and Contemporary, Jazz, Blues and Ragtime.


Raner Chow is 12 years old, currently a 7th grader student from St. Joseph Regional Jr. High School in Manchester, NH. Raner started piano classes with Mila Filatova in second grade. Raner has received various awards, including First Place audition in the Little Mozart Competition, and Honorable Mention for Style and Second Place in the Manchester Community Music School Competition. Aside from music, Raner’s interests are basketball, archery and baseball.



10-year-old Felicity Zhang is a fifth grader at Thoreau School in Concord, MA. This is her 3rd year playing piano with Ms. Mila Filatova. Felicity loves piano as she loves anything related to music - from musicals to singing, from writing poetry to playing flute in the school band. In 2016, she won the 2nd place in the Manchester Community Music School Grades 4-6 Performance Competition. Besides music-related hobbies, Felicity also enjoys all academics, most sports, especially bowling and tennis, and collecting unique nature-made items, like bluebird feathers or heart-shaped rocks.