By Will Broaddus
---- — SALEM — The 108th season of the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra starts this Sunday and will include concerts every Sunday this month.
All the performances are free and will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Salem High School, 77 Willson St.
This is the 43rd year that conductor Alan Hawryluk has led the Philharmonic’s winter concert series.
“Mayor Sam Zoll appointed me to this position in 1971,” he said. “I played in the concerts when I was in high school, starting when I was a freshman in 1957, and I’ve been there ever since.”
Hawryluk, who studied at the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory, was for many years orchestra director and string specialist for the Salem Public Schools.
This Sunday’s program will include Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and will feature solo pianist Chia-Jung Tsay, who debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 16 after winning the World Piano Competition.
Other selections will include “Gypsy Baron Overture” by Johann Strauss, “A Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky and “The Liberty Bell March” by John Philip Sousa.
The final concert, on Jan. 27, will feature The Paul Madore Chorale and guest soloist Colin Levin, a baritone.
They will perform an excerpt from an opera, “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” which was written by Madore Chorale member Jeff Brody.
The Salem High School Symphony will also play at the concert, and the program will include a rendition of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Hawryluk said.