As the dog days of summer dwindle, harbingers of autumn are all around us. There’s a chill in the evening air here in the North End, especially along the waterfront. Many of our students who enrolled in the summer session of our music and performing arts programming received classroom assignments this week and learned who their teachers will be this fall. Our faculty members and school partners are putting the finishing touches on plans for band programs, private and group music lessons, and choirs in preparation for the first day of school. 

During the summer, it often seems like the pace of life slows down. Come September though, time seems to fly quicker by the minute and it can be more difficult to carve out time in your schedule to recharge. But what if, right now, there was a way to reserve time over the next nine months for a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of school and work? What if you could “orchestrate” your schedule today to make sure that the coming months include built-in activities to unplug and unwind? 

Enter NEMPAC’s subscriber options for our 2019/2020 performance season! If you’re seeking a mental reset, look no further than our season passes. As a subscriber, you’ll witness the power of live music and performing arts and transport yourself to place of relaxation and rejuvenation. 

Other perks to becoming a subscriber? All ticket processing fees will be waived for the entire season. Season pass holders aged 21-plus will be eligible to attend a subscriber-only wine and cheese reception before our Winter Concert Series. Subscribers also enjoy guaranteed seating at professional performances, so they can say goodbye to racing to a concert venue to save seats, waiting by the door, and standing in line.  

“Subscribers’ commitment to a season pass with NEMPAC is an investment in our professional performance programs which help us to fulfill our mission in the community,” Sherri Snow, executive director, said as she reflected on the upcoming performance season. “Subscribers are committed audience members whose regular attendance to our performance season events helps build relationships in a creative, social environment, while creating a stronger community in the North End, Waterfront, and surrounding areas of Boston.”

NEMPAC offers two options for season passes, a full-season subscription and a concert-series subscription. Here are the differences between the two: 

Full-Season Subscription 

Priced at $275, the full-season subscription includes one ticket to each of the three concerts in our professional musicians series, one ticket to our annual holiday concert, and one ticket to the opening night of NEMPAC’s 2020 Opera Project. 

Concert-Series Subscription

Priced at $155, the concert-series subscription includes one ticket to each of the three concerts in our professional musicians series. 

We’re proud that our professional performing arts center attracts decorated musicians to our North End stage each year, and our upcoming performance season is no different. From regional solo acts to international music groups, this year’s lineup of artists will appeal to every musical taste and style. 

Professional Musicians Series (Concert #1) 

Through the Lens: Jewish Classics, Celebrated and Unknown

Bijou de la Vida Gallery, 390 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 

Subscriber-Only Wine and Cheese Reception at 6:30 p.m.

Jewish works by renowned composers, including Gerald Cohen, Julius Chajes, Stutschewsky, and Joan Szymko, will be brought to life by Aaron Zelkowicz, director and founder of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, as well as artists Lynn Torgove and Christina Wright-Ivanova. 

Annual Holiday Concert

Handel’s Messiah, Part I

The Great Hall, Faneuil Hall

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7 p.m.

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra, One City Choir, NEMPAC Youth Choir, and professional soloists will present part one of Handel’s Messiah to ignite the spirit of the holiday season in your heart. 

Professional Musicians Series (Concert #2)

Seeking Sanctuary: A Viola and Piano Chamber Recital Celebrating Black Artistry Through Music

Bijou de la Vida Gallery, 390 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109

Friday, January 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Subscriber-Only Wine and Cheese Reception at 6:30 p.m.

Ashleigh Gordon, director of the acclaimed Castle of our Skins, will make her NEMPAC debut alongside Joy Cline Phinney, an accomplished chamber musician and pianist. The chamber recital will explore how black artistry has elevated and evolved the genre of classical music. 

Professional Musicians Series (Concert #3)

‘Amore’ Valentine’s Dinner Concert

Tresca, 233 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7 p.m.

The perfect way to celebrate your partner on the most romantic day of the year. This intimate concert featuring classical music and opera selections from “Facets of Love” will accompany a three-course Italian dinner from the North End’s Tresca.

NEMPAC’s Opera Project

Opening Night of 2020 Opera Production

The Great Hall, Faneuil Hall

Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

The fully-staged opera will pay homage to this well-established art form while rewriting the metaphorical script on traditional performance spaces to make this genre more accessible to audience members of all ages. 

Whether you’re looking to spend more time with your partner, reconnect with a friend, or set aside a family evening out, you’ll have the opportunity to do so while witnessing the power of live music and performing arts during our upcoming season. Purchase your full-season subscription or your concert-series subscription today to “orchestrate” your schedule and find time to unplug and unwind in the busy months to come. 

“Season pass holders are considered our “members,” but I like to think of them as our NEMPAC family,” said Snow. “Together, we value the talented artists in our city, the brilliant artistic programs, and the unique and intimate performance venues. Our concerts give our “family” an opportunity to connect and experience a high-quality artistic program.”

Which concert in NEMPAC’s upcoming performance season are you most looking forward to?