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The More the Merrier

April 25, 5pm, St. Gabriel Church
April 26, 4pm, Grace Episcopal Church
Tickets: $20 at the door

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YPC 2015 is both educational and entertaining

Travis Rapoza is an NBSO violinist who performs with the NBSO trio that performs in the schools during the fall and performed with the orchestra for the Young People's Concert.

More than 3,500 students from all across South Coast and Rhode Island recently attended the Young People’s Concert by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. These concerts were the culmination of a year-long exploration of contrast in classical music, photography, two-voice poetry, literature and grammar. Throughout the concert, the students’ photographs, poetry and musical performances were featured on a large screen suspended above the orchestra.

Maestro David MacKenzie conducted the orchestra in a program that demonstrated contrast in number, motion and tone using pieces composed by Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms and Dvorak.

”The concert was spectacular," Patty Richard, Sippican School music teacher, said. "Every minute was engaging, and every listening goal was clear.”

Concertmaster Jesse Holstein discusses the violin with local students from New Bedford prior to the concert.

There was an added third concert for all third-grade students from the New Bedford Public Schools. This concert was funded by grants from the New Bedford Education Foundation and the New Bedford Local Cultural Council.

"We had an incredible opportunity to partner closely with the New Bedford elementary schools this year. Over the course of three encounters with our musicians and myself, these students were able to explore the concept of contrast across the arts and academics," NBSO Education Director Terry Wolkowicz said. "The children could demonstrate their understanding of contrast through many different means using many different symbol systems. For example, at the Parker School in New Bedford, I was amazed at the high level of engagement, creativity, focus and achievement of these students as they created musical performance, photographs and writing examples that demonstrated contrast.”

Next year, the NBSO’s education program “Learning in Concert” will explore the concept of adaptations in classical music and biology with over 60 elementary schools across the area.

Maestro David MacKenzie directed the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra's Young People's Concert.

The Standard-Times, March 6, 2015

Enchanted Places

Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 7:30pm

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
New Bedford, MA

Jesús Castro-Balbí, cello | website

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85

Alexander Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia

Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome

Can you handle four blockbusters in one night? There’s only one way to find out: a wild Roman Carnival, the biggest cello concerto of all time, an exotic caravan ride through the steppe lands of Asia, and a musical visit to the towering pine trees of the Eternal City. This concert-journey will be unforgettable.

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9

This overture is made up of material from Berlioz's opera Benvenuto Cellini and seamlessly blends the love scene from the first act with a wild saltarello or folk dance. The name comes from the opera’s carnival scene.

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85

Featuring Jesús Castro-Balbí

Elgar’s introspective and elegiac concerto had a disastrous premiere in 1919 due to lack of rehearsal time, and it languished until a 1960s recording by Jacqueline de Pré reintroduced it to critical acclaim. Today, this concerto is a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire, and leading cellists have performed the work in concert and on recordings.

Alexander Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia

Borodin’s symphonic poem is a beautiful depiction of a caravan of Central Asians crossing the desert under the protection of Russian troops.

Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome

This is the second work in Respighi’s "Roman" trilogy (between Fountains and Festivals), with each of its four movements providing a spellbinding portrait of pine trees in Rome at different times of the day.

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Berlioz, Sibelius & Dvořák
Sept 19, 2015   7:30pm

Mendelssohn's Elijah
Oct 18, 2015   3pm

Paulus, Rachmaninoff & Beethoven
Nov 21, 2015   7:30pm

Family Holiday Pops
Dec 19, 2015   3:30pm & 7pm

Britten, Schumann & Mussorgsky
Feb 20, 2016   7:30pm

Poulenc, Ravel & Tchaikovsky
Apr 9, 2016   7:30pm

Bernstein & Beethoven
May 14, 2016   7:30pm

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