Classical New England Cartoon Festival
Bassoons Are Us!
Bassoons are Us formed in the Spring of 2014 to perform on South Shore Conservatory's annual Bassoonfest. James, Natalie and Rose have been friends for over three years and have played together in a variety of large groups from Southeastern District MMEA Festival, SEMSBA to Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Playing together in a chamber group rounds out their musical friendship. They are all students of Janet Underhill's at South Shore Conservatory.
From the Top
Now in its 15th season, Boston-based From the Top is America’s largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through live events, radio and video broadcasts, scholarships, and leadership programs, From the Top empowers these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages. From the Top’s classically-trained musicians, ages 8–18, astonish audiences with their skill and talent. Their hard work, dedication, and passion make them role models for their peers. Yet, when they tell us about their lives outside of music, we are reminded that they are typical kids and teenagers, with normal worries and big dreams. In this winning combination we see a bright future, filled with the joy and hope that music offers to the world.
Handel and Hayden Vocal Quartet
Sarah Moyer, Soprano; Christina English, Mezzo-Soprano; Christian Figueroa, Tenor; RaShaun Campbell, Bass; Julia Scott Carey, Piano
Handel and Haydn Society’s Educational Outreach Vocal Quartet programs are an extraordinary take on music education. Four vocalists and a pianist accompanist and teach young audiences with colorful interpretations of music from different composers and historical eras. These performers engage students with humor, dialogue, and dramatizations to offer an unforgettable learning experience. The H+H Vocal Quartet performs close to sixty shows a year in over schools schools throughout Boston and the greater metropolitan area.
The Marimba Magic Ensemble, directed by Sarah Tenney, is a comprehensive musicianship program for students ages five through sixteen. The program explores musical concepts through improvisation and written compositions on a variety of percussion instruments including marimbas, xylophones, drums, and sound makers from around the world. Each level of Marimba Magic provides further mastery of scales, chords, improvising, and more complex ensemble playing.
Nancy Hair and the Little Cellists NEC
Suzuki Violins and Violas
New England Conservatory Saxophone Quartet
The New England Conservatory Saxophone Quartet heard today is made up of Scott Chamberlin — soprano saxophone, M.M. 2016, from Boston, MA and graduate of Boston University, Ken Fukumoto — alto saxophone, B.M. 2017, from Portland, Oregon, Stephanie Muñoz — tenor saxophone, M.M. 2015 from El Paso, TX and graduate of New Mexico State University, and Samuel Meyer – baritone saxophone, B.M. 2017, from Syracuse, New York. All quartet members are students of Ken Radnofsky.
New England Conservatory Youth Symphony
The New England Conservatory Youth Symphony is composed of advanced young musicians, most between the ages of 13 and 18. Members are selected from hundreds of applicants through annual auditions open to pre-college string, wind, percussion, brass, and harp players. As one of NEC's senior Preparatory School ensembles, the Youth Symphony has performed in NEC's Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, Sanders Theatre, and the Boston Opera House in collaboration with the Boston Ballet School. The orchestra tours internationally every two years and has performed in Italy, Greece, Costa Rica, and Eastern Europe. The orchestra will tour Ireland in June 2015.
Steven Karidoyanes is in his 11th season as conductor of the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony. He also conducts the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, a professional orchestra on the South Shore, and Masterworks Chorale, which performs choral/orchestral masterworks in Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre. His compositions have been performed throughout this country and abroad.
Celebrating more than 30 years in Boston, Project STEP is an independent, non-profit organization formed in partnership with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory. Recognizing that certain racial and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented in classical music,
Project STEP’s mission is to address this imbalance by identifying musically talented children from underrepresented Boston communities and providing them a comprehensive and rigorous program of music education and string instrument instruction. Since its founding in 1982, 100 percent of Project STEP graduates have gone on to study at college or conservatory, including Juilliard, Yale, Harvard, and the New England Conservatory. For more information, please visit www.projectstep.org.
River’s Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Rivers Youth Symphony is the most advanced orchestra at The Rivers School Conservatory. Conducted by Christopher Memoli, the Rivers Youth Symphony provides outstanding orchestral training for advanced musicians from the Greater Boston area. The orchestra rehearses weekly and performs several concerts throughout the year at Regis College in Weston and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Many of the musicians also perform in chamber ensembles offered through The Rivers School Conservatory. There are four additional orchestras offered through the conservatory for all ages and abilities.
The Steinway Society of Massachusetts is a not-for-profit organization committed to encouraging young piano students and young emerging artists, as well as fostering an appreciation of piano music among the general public. The Society provides opportunities for pianists and other musicians to meet and perform in order to further their art.
The Harp Uncovered
The Harp Uncovered will feature students of Boston-based harpist Ina Zdorovetchi (www.inazdorovetchi.com). This presentation will emphasize the beauty of this magical instrument, highlighting fun facts about the harp and its history. You’ll enjoy lovely harp solos by Deanna Cirielli, Sara Kawai, Allana Iwanicki, Hannah Lee, Maria Trias, and students from The Boston Conservatory.
Ina Zdorovetchi has established a reputation as one of the most sought-after harp teachers in the Boston area. She is on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College, and the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival. Her students have performed as soloists with the Brevard Faculty Orchestra, the BYSO Repertory Orchestra, and The Boston Conservatory String Ensemble. They have won prizes and honorable mentions in numerous local and national competitions, and have appeared on From the Top and at the World Harp Congress.
Wheelock Family Theatre
Wheelock Family Theatre is a professional, non-profit theatre associated with Actor’s Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Located on the campus of Wheelock College, Wheelock Family Theatre seeks to improve the lives of children and families through the shared experience of live theatre. “Alice,” a new musical adaptation that opens the Theatre’s 34th season, takes us down a somewhat different rabbit hole. Alice’s hasty decision to follow the White Rabbit lands her in a confusing Wonderland filled with polite, grown-up social activities like poetry recitals and croquet matches. Now framed as more of a coming-of-age fantasy aimed at older kids and adults, Alice is forced to figure out how to navigate this strange world of strict social customs and conformity while maintaining her individuality. But her latest song-filled adventure still includes tea parties and important dates with royals.
And more to come!