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Paul Surapine Honored with Award

Pictured are Paul Surapine, center left, holding the Butch Moore award, and his wife Susan, holding the Citation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which were presented Paul at the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on March 8. Shown with the couple are, l-r, Dick Ferrucci and Tom McAullife of WMRC Radio, which sponsored the award and the event.

Paul Surapine, founder and leader of The Claflin Symyphony Orchestra, received the 2011 Butch Moore You Touched Upon My Life Award at the March 8 Milford Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event.

The presentation was done by Tom McAuliffe and Dick Ferrucci of WMRC-First Class Radio, which serves the greater Milford area. State Rep. John Fernandes, D. Milford, presented Surapine with a citation from the state.

The award is named for Butchy Moore, a local singing legend who toured throughout Ireland, Europe, and the United States initially with The Capitol Showband and later with his wife Maeve, as the famed singing duo, Butch and Maeve. His signature song You Touched Upon My Life spoke volumes about a man who touched the lives of so many. With his passing in 2001 WMRC created an award in his honor. Previous recipients are Kevin Meehan, Billy Hood, Linda Varney, Judge Francis and Virginia Larkin, State Sen. Richard T. Moore, Valley Tech Superintendent Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, Tony and Virginia Brenna of My One Wish, Gina Oliva Tarolli and Chris Morcone.

Surapine, who has lived with his wife and family in Milford since 1992, grew up in Enfield, Conn. where he began clarinet studies at the age of nine in the public school. He graduated from the Hartt School and studied with Kalmen Opperman for almost 15 years.

He has performed with orchestras across the country including performances at Lincoln Center in New York, Hartford and St. Louis. He has been a featured soloist with a number of bands and orchestras in the Northeast and has performed many solo and chamber music recitals in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont.

Surapine has appeared at Carnegie Hall as a member of the Kalmen Opperman Clarinet Choir in a concert with Richard Stoltzman, which also featured his arrangement for clarinet choir of Debussy's Golliwog's Cakewalk. He has also recorded with Stoltzman and the Kalmen Opperman Clarinet Choir for RCA on the recording "Hark", a record of Christmas music.

One of the most active and prolific regional producers of educational and cultural performances, Surapine is the founder and Executive and Artistic Director of The Claflin Hill Music Performance Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to creating cultural events in the Worcester-Metrowest-Boston region and offering performance opportunities for the region's finest resident professional musicians. Surapine is also a faculty member at The College of The Holy Cross, Clark University, Worcester State College, and the Touchstone School, Apple Tree Arts in Grafton, and Indian Hill Arts in Littleton and The Rhode Island Philharmonic School of Music.


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