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Mar
1
Sun
NEW ENGLAND PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS SPRING AWAKENING 3.1.15
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Dick_tightcropped_horizBenjamin Britten’s choral Spring Symphony celebrates the arrival of that season after the long English winter, through settings of lyric poems from Spenser to Auden for a splendid array of voices and instruments. We are delighted to be joined on this piece by the Boston Children’s Chorus & Chorus pro Musica.

John Harbison’s Darkbloom overture is a balletic setting of the story of a man and a woman, echoed by the scenario for Aaron Copland’s beloved American ballet Appalachian Spring.

John Harbison Darkbloom: Overture for an Imagined Opera
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring
Benjamin Britten Spring Symphony
Sarah Pelletier, soprano
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Ray Bauwens, tenor
Chorus pro Musica, Jamie Kirsch, Music Director
Boston Children’s Chorus, Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director

Mar
20
Fri
Longy School of Music’s Sistema Side by Side Gala featuring Opera Legend Frederica von Stade
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Longy School of Music Announces Frederica von Stade
will Perform with the Sistema Side by Side Orchestra
at the Second Annual Sistema Side By Side Gala on March 20
March 20, 2015 at 7 p.m.│ Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre
Featuring 60 Massachusetts El Sistema Students and
Members of the Longy Conservatory Orchestra

GustavowkidsGREATLongy School of Music of Bard College has announced world-renowned singer and artist Frederica von Stade will perform with the Sistema Side by Side Orchestra at the second Annual Sistema Side by Side Gala on March 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre. A limited number of free tickets are available to the public on a first-come basis on the day of the performance. A select number of press passes and invites to the post-concert reception are available. Contact Dayla@DaylaArabella.com if you are interested in covering this event.
The concert will be followed by a celebratory dinner. Tickets to the event are available at www.longy.edu/gala. Proceeds from the gala will support Longy’s ongoing work as a leader in the El Sistema movement and scholarships and teaching assistantships for Longy Conservatory students.
Described by The New York Times as “one of America’s finest artists and singers,” Frederica von Stade continues to be extolled as one of the music world’s most beloved figures. Known to family, friends, and fans by her nickname “Flicka,” the mezzo-soprano has enriched the world of classical music for three decades, gracing the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. She will perform three iconic songs that will engage in a playful and enriching way with the young Sistema musicians.
The evening is part of an ongoing series of events at Longy that pairs Massachusetts El Sistema students with Longy’s Conservatory Orchestra in rehearsals and performances conducted by nationally renowned conductors and guest artists. The program launched publicly in grand style in March of 2014 with an open rehearsal of the Side by Side Orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, Grammy-Award-winning Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. Since that time, the orchestra has worked with members of the Simón Bolívar String Quartet and given an enthusiastically received performance for Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema.

Mar
21
Sat
EMMANUEL MUSIC PRESENTS BACH ST. JOHN THE PASSION BWV 245 3.21.15
Mar 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

turner_ryan_edited_1This sacred oratorio brims with the beautiful yet unrelenting musical and textual tension found between gentle reflective arias and brutal crowd choruses. Betrayal, torment, and death commingle with messages of peace and hope in this complex and evocative work. A pre-concert talk at 7 PM with Artistic Director Ryan Turner, Reverend Pamela Werntz, and Rabbi Howard Berman addresses the poignant and sensitive issues raised by this work.

Evangelist: Matthew Anderson
Jesus: Dana Whiteside
Susan Consoli; Brenna Wells, soprano
Thea Lobo; Deborah Rentz-Moore, alto
Jonas Budris; Frank Kelley, tenor
Bradford Gleim; Mark McSweeney; Paul Max Tipton, bass

In just four short years at the helm of Emmanuel Music, Artistic Director Ryan Turner has taken the professional orchestra and chorus (both featuring some of the country’s most in-demand soloists) to new heights. From the standing-room-only performances of their Boston premiere of The Great Gatsby at Jordan Hall and the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, to the critically acclaimed performances of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Emmanuel Music under the direction of Mr. Turner continues to traverse new ground while firmly keeping Bach as their core companion, proving themselves, once again, to be one of Boston’s most cherished and enduring ensembles.

Apr
12
Sun
EMMANUEL MUSIC PRESENTS YEAR 1: MENDELSSOHN/WOLF CHAMBER SERIES 4.12.15
Apr 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Emmanuel Music embarks on a new multi-year Chamber Series exploring the instrumental chamber music and songs of Felix Mendelssohn alongside theEM Chamber Photo intense, reflective art songs of Hugo Wolf. Year One features the early works of Mendelssohn and the complete Mörike-lieder of Hugo Wolf that continue, with striking originality, in the tradition of Schubert and Schumann.

Mendelssohn/Wolf Chamber Series,
Year I
Concert III: April 12, 2015

Sundays at 4:00 PM in the Intimate Parish Hall at Emmanuel Church

Concert II: April 12, 2014

Mendelssohn: String Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20
Wolf Mörike-lieder
Gabriela Diaz; Rose Drucker; Lena Wong; Karen Oosterbaan, violin
Joan Ellersick; Noriko Herndon, viola
David Russell; Cora Swenson Lee, cello
Kendra Colton, soprano
Mark McSweeney, baritone
Michael Beattie, piano

Special Pre-Concert Dinner Package
On every concert date, the neighboring 4-Star Taj Boston Café will be serving a 3-course dinner for $40 per person for Emmanuel concert ticket holders only.

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May
2
Sat
THE NEW ENGLAND PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS ODYSSEYS 5.2.15
May 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dick-tightcroppedNEP’s 2014-15 Season concludes with Matthew Browne’s Call for Scores winning piece that takes its inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey, while Composer Laureate Gunther Schuller’s Meditation revisits the start of his long and illustrious musical path and Andy Vores premieres his second violin concerto written for and performed NEP’s concertmaster Danielle Maddon. We travel to Russia to arrive at Rachmaninoff’s final composition, his nostalgic and colorful Symphonic Dances.

Matthew Browne How the Solar System Was Won (Boston premiere, 2014 Call for Scores Winner)
Gunther Schuller Meditation (Symphonic Study)
Andy Vores Violin Concerto No. 2 (world premiere, NEP commission)
Danielle Maddon, soloist
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

May
9
Sat
EMMANUEL MUSIC PRESENTS MOZART: ADBUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO 5.9.15
May 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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In this colorful opera that “knocked everything else sideways,” as the poet Goethe boldly remarked, Mozart tells the story of a kidnapping by pirates, a Turkish harem, a clever quest, a quartet of lovers, and unwavering loyalty. Infused with Emmanuel Music’s acclaimed virtuosity and innovation, this enduring opera in concert will be sung in German with English dialogue.

Kostanze: Barbara Kilduff
Belmonte: Charles Blandy
Blonde: Teresa Wakim
Pedrillo: Jason McStoots
Osmin: Donald Wilkinson

In just four short years at the helm of Emmanuel Music, Artistic Director Ryan Turner has taken the professional orchestra and chorus (both featuring some of the country’s most in-demand soloists) to new heights. From the standing-room-only performances of their Boston premiere of The Great Gatsby at Jordan Hall and the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, to the critically acclaimed performances of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Emmanuel Music under the direction of Mr. Turner continues to traverse new ground while firmly keeping Bach as their core companion, proving themselves, once again, to be one of Boston’s most cherished and enduring ensembles.