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

100th Birthday Party


September 19, 2015

For our 100th birthday celebration on opening night, we are planning the party of the century!  We invite all of our patrons to join in the celebration of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra making music and serving the community for 100 years.

At 5:30pm, our centennial festivities will get started with our 100th birthday party at the Star Store, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford (across the street from the Zeiterion Theatre). We'll have music, a cash bar, and plenty of food: fruits and cheeses, dips and crisps, charcuterie and breads, a savory chicken and vegetable paella, and Kale Florentine Raviolis Pesto.

Birthday party tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased through the NBSO office, 508-999-6276.

At 6:45pm, everyone is invited to join the NBSO for free birthday cake in front of The Z!

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

Discounted season tickets: Available by calling the NBSO office, 508-999-6276. Subscribe to 3 or more concerts in our Centennial Season and receive 10-20% discounts plus no ticketing fees.

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

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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Be A Ceiling Supporter!

We had to purchase a new acoustic shell ceiling this year at a cost of $45,000. This expense is outside our normal operating budget, so we've created a special "Be a Ceiling Supporter" campaign to raise funds for the purchase. You can buy a portion of the ceiling for us and join the donors who are helping ensure the NBSO sounds its very best. We have more than 700 square feet to go, so please help us today! Donate here.

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Listen to the NBSO

A number of live concert recordings of NBSO performances are available on our website here. Listen at your leisure, then let us know what you think! Email us at info@nbsymphony.org.

Support the NBSO

You can support the NBSO by advertising in the Season Concert Program Book or by sponsoring a concert. Learn more about becoming a sponsor here.

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)

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

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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