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2015-2016 Classics Concerts

Classics Concerts are held at the First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon St, Newton Centre

Click here to read the 2015-2016 Season program notes.

All programs are subject to change.

Previous Concerts...

Classics I - 21st Season Spectacular

November 7, 2015 at 8 pm
November 8, 2015 at 3 pm

Pärt: Cantus (in Memory of Benjamin Britten)
Dvorák: Violin Concerto
Haldan Martinson, violin
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

From Francisco Noya
2015-2016 Conductor and Artistic Advisor

"We wanted to program a piece to honor the memory of Ron Knudsen. Pärt's Cantus (in memory of Benjamin Britten) is a perfect tribute. It's scored for just strings and one single bell - simple, yet moving. BSO’s Principal Second Violin Haldan Martinson was a close friend and colleague of Ron's. When we engaged Haldan, he suggested the Dvorák Violin Concerto. Finally, it's the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius's birth. We thought the Second Symphony would be a good choice: the orchestra hasn't performed the Symphony for a number of years and it's a large, monumental work - perfect for the talented musicians of the New Phil."

Classics II - Inspired by Shakespeare

February 27, 2016 at 8 pm
February 28, 2016 at 3 pm

Nicolai: Overture from "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
Berlioz: "Love Scene" from "Romeo and Juliet"
Shostakovich: Suite from movie "Hamlet", Op. 116
    Tina Packer, Gertrude
    Jason Asprey, Hamlet
    Nigel Gore, Claudius
    Sarah Bowles, Ophelia


Program Notes

Press Release

Guest Actor Bios

Interview with Conductor Francisco Noya

Boston Musical Intelligencer - Featured Article

Boston Musical Intelligencer - Review

Shakespeare & Company

William Shakespeare

The inimitable Tina Packer talks about her work Women of Will with WBUR's Meghna Chakrabarti. Click here to view more!

Classics III - Blockbuster Beethoven!

May 14, 2016 at 8 pm
May 15, 2016 at 3 pm

Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Choral Fantasy
    Jonathan Bass, piano
    New World Chorale
       (Holly MacEwan Krafka, Artistic Director)

This concert is part of the Newton Festival of the Arts, May 2016

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