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

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Education News

2015 Lamoureux Scholarship

The deadline for this year's Lillian B. Lamoureux Scholarship is Friday, April 10. Details and application under Education & Community.

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

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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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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