New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein & Beethoven

Saturday, May 14, 2016  7:30pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA

Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (“Choral” Symphony)

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Guest Artists
  • Karen Slack, soprano website
  • Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano website
  • Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor website
  • David Kravitz, baritone website
  • Colin Lapus│Owen David Lewis, boy soprano
    Back Bay Chorale, Scott Allen Jarrett, Music Director

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Some of Bernstein’s most accessible concert music. This vibrant, even jazzy exploration of the roots of the composer’s Jewish heritage is based on the beautiful poetry of The Book of Psalms and merges text sung in Hebrew with Christian choral tradition. Bernstein composed each of the three movements around one complete psalm, with excerpts from a paired psalm. The end result is a contemporary choral work that is bold and brassy as well as contemplative and peaceful.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (“Choral” Symphony)

One of the greatest symphonies of all time. After its booming start, Beethoven is uncharacteristically gentle in this work, and his tender Ode to Joy in the final movement is unforgettable. With its themes of hope for humanity and brotherhood, the Ninth encompasses the greatness that is Beethoven.

A second performance will take place on Sunday, May 15, 3pm, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. Visit

Listen to Armand Marchand's interview of David MacKenzie.
They talk about the season finale and the creative life!

Our Farewell to Maestro MacKenzie

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Single concert tickets: Available online or by calling or visiting The Z box office, 508-994-2900.

Tickets for children and students under age 22 are available for $10 by calling or visiting The Z box office (not available online).

View the season brochure here.

Symphony Seaside Swing 2016

It’s de-lightful, it’s de-licious, it’s de-Seaside Swing in Paris! 

Join us at the Kittansett Club on June 4 for a high-kicking seaside soirée with all the excitement and ambiance of Paris! Enjoy fabulous food, bid at the auction, and dance the night away to music by the NBSO Orchestre de-Swing!

Cocktails ● Dinner ● Can-Can Show ● Silent Auction ● Dancing

For more details, visit our events page or call the NBSO at 508-999-6276.

Your donations made this happen!

Above is an example of a student's analysis of graphing and composing animal locomotion.

Local Students Compose at Learning in Concert

Phase 1 of the 2015-2016 Learning in Concert program—Adaptations in Motion: Animal and Musical—is now complete! Students attended an assembly with NBSO musicians and learned various compositional techniques to skillfully create musical adaptations that replicate through music the gradual progression of ancient species who moved from swimming and gliding in water to crawling, climbing, jumping, flying and running on land. In Phase 2, Education Director Terry Wolkowicz will make 140 classroom visits to complete in-depth student analysis of graphing and composing animal locomotion. The NBSO's 2016 Young People's Concert will feature the students' completed compositions in the World Premiere performance of Adaptations in Motion.

Watch the short video presentation below to see our 2015-2016 Learning in Concert program in action! Thank you to New Bedford Cable Network for producing this video and to NBSO Education Director Terry Wolkowicz, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Lt. Scott Carola of the New Bedford Police Department, and everyone at the Gomes School in New Bedford for taking part in this production. View the full-length version of this video on the City of New Bedford’s YouTube channel.

Learn more about Learning in Concert!
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Wish List

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

  • file cabinets
  • 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)

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.