Saturday concerts:
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Sunday concerts:
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Tickets: $20 at the door

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.

A Thanksgiving Musical Feast

Sunday, November 30, 2014 | 3:00pm

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
New Bedford, MA

Sonja Tengblad, soprano | website

Deborah Rentz-Moore, alto | website

Matthew Anderson, tenor | website

Andrew Garland, bass | website

Johann Sebastian Bach: Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191

George Frideric Handel: Messiah, Part I, plus “Hallelujah” and “Amen”

With Mastersingers by the Sea and the SouthCoast Community Chorus, plus singers from the Greater Tiverton Community Chorus, the New Bedford Choral Society, Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble, the Sippican Choral Society, and the Spirit of Saint Anthony Choir

This year we’ve added a few twists to our South Coast tradition of performing Messiah over Thanksgiving weekend: Bach’s glorious Gloria in excelsis Deo, the addition of the majestic “Amen” from part three of Messiah, and all the ease and convenience of your favorite concert location, the Zeiterion Theatre.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191

This energetic and triumphant work is the only Latin cantata written (or at least surviving) by Bach. The three sections of the cantata are adapted from the Gloria, Christie eleison and Cum Sancto Spiritus of Bach’s immense Mass in B Minor (which was never performed during his lifetime).

George Frideric Handel: Messiah, Part One plus “Hallelujah” and “Amen”

Handel’s grand oratorio received a modest public reception at its 1742 premiere, but today it is one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in the world. While Messiah was originally intended for modest vocal and instrumental forces, since Handel’s death the work has been adapted for performance on a much larger scale (by Mozart, among others). Performances of this transcendent work are particularly popular during the Advent season.

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A Thanksgiving Musical Feast
November 30, 2014 3pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Family Holiday Pops
Magical Moments

December 20, 2014 3:30pm & 7pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Romantic Spells
February 14, 2015 7:30pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

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)
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Call for Volunteers

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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