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

Mendelssohn's Elijah

Sunday, October 18, 2015 | 3:00pm

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA

Noune Karapetian, soprano | website

Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano | website

Matthew Anderson, tenor | website

Philip Lima, baritone | website

Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70

Praised by the Boston Phoenix for her “distinctive timbre and lovely stage presence,” soprano Noune Karapetian is an avid presenter of new music along with credits in opera, oratorio, and vocal competitions.

Mezzo-soprano Margaret Lias is at home in early oratorio and contemporary works and has been celebrated for her “warm,” “arresting,” and “rich-toned” singing.

Matthew Anderson has been praised for the warm tenor voice and polished musicality he brings to the repertoire of oratorio, opera, and musical theater. He performs regularly as a soloist in Boston’s renowned Emmanuel Music Bach Cantata Series.

A native of New Bedford, Philip Lima has been praised for his vibrant baritone voice and commanding presence which he brings to the oratorio, opera, and recital world. His singing has been described as “glorious” (Boston Globe) and “majestic” (El Paso Times).

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Mendelssohn's Elijah
Oct 18, 2015   3pm

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Nov 21, 2015   7:30pm

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