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Fire Up the Samovar
March 14 & 15, 2015

The More the Merrier
April 25 & 26, 2015

Education News


 This year, the NBSO’s educational programs will explore the concept of contrast through classical music, photography, poems for two voices, literature and grammar. The exploration will center around three central contrast themes: contrast in number, contrast in motion, and contrast in light and tone.

In the fall, a trio of NBSO musicians will travel to the schools and perform exciting classical music that shows many examples of how contrast can be demonstrated through vivid and abrupt shifts in dynamics, tempo, rhythm, timbre and register. In this program, students will also see works by Standard-Times photographer Peter Pereira that represent contrast through selection and arrangement of color, shape, subject and value. In writing, students will begin to consider how poets can create contrast by composing poetry from the viewpoint of two contrasting perspectives. In grammar, students will explore contrast conjunctions to see how they can be used to offset some amusing contrasting statements. The children will also have fun exploring and manipulating contrast through some oversized contrast optical illusions, and analyzing some famous contrast-themed quotes including popular books, such as the Harry Potter book series.


Following this program, we will return to the schools to visit individual classrooms where we will lead the children in activities where they can create their own “contrast creations.” During these visits, we will give the children the opportunity to compose both two-voice poetry, contrasting musical melodies and rhythms and capture contrast photography in their own schools. We will also encourage the children to continue their contrast exploration and contribute their own contrast photography, music examples and poetry to be featured in this year’s Young People’s Concerts.

Mesmerizing Masterpieces

Saturday, April 11, 2015 | 7:30pm

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
New Bedford, MA

Marina Lomazov, piano | website

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

Marina Lomazov performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the NBSO in 2010 and brought the house down. We know she’ll do it again with Rachmaninoff’s mighty second piano concerto. Yes, you will be mesmerized!

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70

Shostakovich originally intended his ninth symphony as a celebration of the Russian victory over Nazi Germany in WWII, but after putting it aside for several months, he reworked it completely, removing the chorus and soloists and giving it a much lighter and brighter mood. The symphony not only showcases Shostakovich's musical genius, but also his personal courage and creativity during the war.

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

Featuring Marina Lomazov

Rachmaninoff’s concerto for piano and orchestra premiered, with the composer as soloist, in 1901. The concerto was dedicated to Nikolai Dahl, a physician who helped restore Rachmaninoff's self-confidence after his Symphony No. 1 suffered great derision from critics. The Concerto No. 2 remains one of Rachmaninoff's most popular pieces and is the basis for a number of derivative works, perhaps most notably Frank Sinatra’s “Full Moon and Empty Arms.”

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Mesmerizing Masterpieces
April 11, 2015 7:30pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Enchanted Places
May 9, 2015 7:30pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

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The NBSO would be most grateful for the donation of the following:

  • file cabinets
  • copier
  • television with DVD player
  • gift cards (to Office Max, BJs, etc., for office supplies purchases)
  • items that would be useful in our fundraising efforts for raffles or auctions (vacation rentals and timeshares, antiques and artwork, gift cards)

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Conee at the NBSO office at 508-999-6276.

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The NBSO needs people to drop off flyers at local businesses willing to promote community events as well as people willing to donate time to help in the office or with events.For more information or to volunteer, call Conee at the NBSO office at 508-999-6276.


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