2017-18 Bijou de la Vida Concert Series
All concerts are located at the Bijou de la Vida Gallery, 390 Commercial Street, North End
“BOSTON COMPOSERS: THEN & NOW”
Friday, Oct. 27th, 2017 at 7:30pm
The inaugural concert of the 2017/18 Bijou de la Vida Concert Series is devoted to the work of Boston’s finest Composers, past and present. This concert is a celebration of the vibrant musical culture in our city, and a tribute to the central role that the North End Performing Arts Center has played in the North End and greater Boston community. Composers featured include Leonard Bernstein, Horatio Parker, Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Vartan Aghababian, Matthew Aucoin, and Heather Gilligan.
Attendees are invited to a pre-concert wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. and may also take advantage of a 15% dining discount at Il Molo Ristorante next door to the venue.
Performers include Rachele Schmiege, soprano; Shadwa Mussad, violin; Sherri Snow, soprano; Alexis Lee, cello; Mitch Fitzgerald, baritone; and Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano.
“100 YEARS AFTER THE WAR”
Friday, Jan. 12th, 2018 at 7:30pm
This second recital in the Bijou de la Vida Concert series is devoted to chamber music written during World War I. This concert reflects contemplation of the roots of humanity, and the search for everlasting values within national traditions in the context of the Great War. We will hear elements of despair, but also of perseverance, humor and optimism that are at the core of human nature. Works by de Falla, Janáček, Messiaen and more, as well as Stravinsky’s powerful ‘L’histoire du soldat’ for violin, clarinet and piano.
Performers include Vera Savage, mezzo-soprano; Klaudia Szlachta, violin; Ryan Yure, clarinet; Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano.
“JAZZ / CABARET NIGHT”
Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 7:30pm
This feature event of the Bijou de la Vida Concert Series will highlight some well-known cabaret, jazz, musical theatre and classical music in a special cross-over event. Music will include Paul Schoenfeld’s fun Trio, ‘Café Music’, and Cabaret Song selections by William Bolcom.
Performers include Alexandra Dietrich, mezzo soprano, Nicole Kootz, violin, Caio Afuine, guitar, and Rhaea D’Aliesio, soprano.
2017 Handel’s “Messiah” Concert
Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Stephen’s Church, North End
Tickets: $10 (adult), $5 (student) –tickets not yet available
Kristo Kondakci | CONDUCTOR
Emily Tweedy I SOPRANO
Eureka Ensemble Orchestra
Boston Landmarks Orchestra One City Choir
NEMPAC Youth Choir – including singers from both St. John School (directed by Alexandra Dietrich) and the Eliot School (directed by Stefano Marchese)
A collaboration of professional soloists, a community choir, the St. John’s School honor’s choir and orchestra presenting Part I of Handel’s Messiah. Also featuring a special Youth Choir prelude piece to open the concert this year! For questions on this years production please contact Cate Galligher, production manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Valentine’s “AMORE” Dinner and Concert
Sunday, February 11th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Lucia’s Restaurant, North End
Tickets & Reservations: Cost TBD
A true NEMPAC favorite, join us for a love-themed ‘Amore’ dinner concert which includes a three course dinner paired with our favorite songs about love from various musicals, operas and standards.
NEMPAC Opera Project 2018 Production
Exact date TBA, June 2018
Location: Faneuil Hall, The Great Hall
Dr. Tiffany Chang | MUSIC DIRECTOR
Rebecca Miller | STAGE DIRECTOR
Learn more at the official Opera Project section of the website!
Entering its 7th performance season, the project will present a fully staged opera accompanied by orchestra. In an effort to challenge what theatre space ‘has to be’, the project will return to non-traditional performance spaces including Faneuil Hall, the Great Hall, and the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.