PERFORMANCES 20/21

Jul.29.2020 

Dark River - Fannie Lou Hamer Story

7:30pm
Brianna Robinson, Fannie Lou Hamer
Synthia Pullum, soprano
Emily Harmon, mezzo
Aaron Reeder, tenor
Miguel Angel Vasquez, bass
Pioneer Valley Symphony and Chorus
Zoom:​
Greenfield, MA, USA.
Mary D. Watkins - Selections from Dark River Opera

Aug.3.2020

Dark River - Fannie Lou Hamer Story

7:30pm
Brianna Robinson, Fannie Lou Hamer
Synthia Pullum, soprano
Emily Harmon, mezzo
Aaron Reeder, tenor
Miguel Angel Vasquez, bass
West Villlage Chorale
Zoom:
New York, NY, USA.
Mary D. Watkins - Selections from Dark River Opera

Aug.27.2020

Sonic Vanguard:

Opera at the Edge of Possibility

7:30pm
Cerise Lim Jacobs, speaker
Tianhui Ng, host
Mount Holyoke College
Zoom: https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/94567241037
South Hadley, MA, USA.
Cerise Lim Jacobs has repeatedly broken new ground in the world of opera with her work at the intersection of virtual reality, computer gaming technology, animation, puppetry, animatronics and music, all in service of one of the few activist opera companies in the US, with groundbreaking works like “ I am a Dreamer who no longer Dreams”, Sing Out Strong Decolonized Voices, Sing Out Strong Immigrant Voices. Her latest opera, Alice in the Pandemic is a deep dive down the rabbit hole of the coronavirus pandemic, using CGI animation, real time facial motion capture and a new plug-in that enables synchronous singing among socially distant singers.

Sep.3.2020

Sonic Vanguard:

Champion of the Rare

7:30pm
Nicole Parks, speaker
Tianhui Ng, host
Mount Holyoke College
Zoom: https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/94567241037
South Hadley, MA, USA.
Nicole Parks is a co-founder of the Semiosis Quartet, a string quartet that focuses on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and is President of the Massachusetts American String Teachers Association. Renowned for her work in new music, in particular the work elevating the work of women in music, she brings a perspective working at the vanguard of string performance today.

Sep.10.2020

Sonic Vanguard:

Innovations in Socially Distant Performance

7:30pm
Elena Araoz, speaker
Tianhui Ng, host
Mount Holyoke College
Zoom: https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/94567241037
South Hadley, MA, USA.
Stage Director Elena Araoz is a highly sought after director working at the cutting edge of theatre practice. Her current research on innovations in Socially Distant Performance has fired the imagination of colleagues in the field, resulting in rich collaborations across the nation.

Sep.10.2020

Sonic Vanguard:

Through the Texts of Music

7:30pm
Julia Prest, speaker
Tianhui Ng, host
Mount Holyoke College
Zoom: https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/94567241037
South Hadley, MA, USA.
Julia Prest’s love of French and Music has led her to extraordinary work on Gluck’s Parisian operas, Moliére’s comedy-ballets and the ballets and operas of creole theatre. Julia is currently working on the public theatre tradition in the former French slave colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) where, in the late eighteenth century, over 700 different works were performed in different towns across the island by professional theatre troupes before mixed but segregated audiences.

Sep.19.2020

Sep.20.2020

Opera in the Gardens

4:30pm
Boston Opera Collaborative
Junhan Choi, baritone
Sarah Cooper, soprano
Jessica Jaccobs, soprano
Todd McNeel, baritone
Brianna Meese, soprano
Brianna Robinson, soprano
Fran Rogers, tenor
Emily Siar, soprano
Ryan Stoll, baritone
The Gardens at Elm Park
Wellesley, MA, USA.
 
Margaret Bonds - Dream Variation
Margaret Bonds - Green Lowlands of Pianos
Traditional - Long Time Ago
Georg Frideric Handel - Endless Pleasure from Semele
George Gershwin - Summertime
Erich Korngold - Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen
Frederick Loewe - I Could've Danced All Night

Sep.26.2020

Peer Gynt

7:30pm
Maria-José Botelho, storyteller
Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra
Zoom:
Greenfield, MA, USA.
Edvard Grieg ed. Tianhui Ng - Peer Gynt
*Online version: The same with a look at the making-of process in a dialogue between Maria-José Botelho and Tianhui Ng.

Oct.1.2020

Sonic Vanguard:

Impeccable Journeys

7:30pm
Tahanee Aluwihare, speaker
Tianhui Ng, host
Mount Holyoke College
Zoom: https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/94567241037
South Hadley, MA, USA.
Tahanee Aluwihare has traversed a world of performances since her 17-year old debut with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, with appearances with companies ranging from the Houston Grand Opera to Opera Noord-Holland-Noord in the Netherlands. Follow her journey from the gates of Mount Holyoke to the operatic stage today.

Oct.8.2020

Sonic Vanguard:

Beyond Borders

7:30pm
Rebecca Miller, speaker
Tianhui Ng, host
Mount Holyoke College
Zoom: https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/94567241037
South Hadley, MA, USA.
California-born conductor Rebecca Miller has earned an international reputation for her compelling, insightful, and energetic presence on the podium and for her ability to communicate with audiences of all ages. As one of the women at the top of the profession, Miller is providing a much needed perspective on the craft of conducting, especially through her new series Beyond Borders.

Oct.15.2020

Sonic Vanguard:

Zooms and Screams

7:30pm
Lillie Rebecca McDonough, speaker
Tianhui Ng, host
Mount Holyoke College
Zoom: https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/94567241037
South Hadley, MA, USA.
Lilllie Rebecca McDonough is the composer in residence this semester with the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra where she is working on a Virtual Haunted House on the Zoom platform. Go behind the scenes to understand some of the inspiration behind the upcoming event on October 24.

Oct.17.2020

100 Years of the 19th Amendment

7:30pm
Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Zoom:
Northampton, MA, USA.
Amy Beach - Gaelic Symphony
Ethyl Smyth - March of the Women
*Online version: Musicologist Andrea Moore surveys the latest works by women composers in America. 

Oct.23.2020

Oct.25.2020

Oct.27.2020

Alice in the Pandemic

7:30pm
White Snake Projects
Victory Players
Carami Hillaire, Alice
Daniel Moody, White Rabbit
Eve Gigliotti, Mother
Zoom:
Boston, MA, USA.
Jorge Sosa - Alice in the Pandemic

Oct.24.2020

Monsters Ball: Virtual Haunted House

7:30pm
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Kathy Wittman, video director
Zoom:
South Hadley, MA, USA.
Lillie Rebecca McDonough - 6 Haunted Rooms
Come for a virtual costumed dance party in your full Halloween splendor. In between explore the haunted breakout rooms of this zoom party, carefully curated by multiple award winning video director, Kathy Wittman, and the premieres of music specially written for the occasion by the fabulous Lillie Rebecca McDonough.

Dec.8. 2020

Mary Lyon Concert:
100@100

Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Oral History of American Music
Yale University Library
Libby van Cleve, Scholar in residence
Zoom:
South Hadley, MA, USA.
Launch of a new collection of 100 interviews with 100 composers who identify as women to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment which began the path for equal voting rights for all women.

Dec.9.2020

Holiday Concert

7:30pm
Pioneer Valley Symphony
Pioneer Valley Chorus
Pioneery Valley Youth Symphony
Sarah Paquet, chorus director
Zoom
Greenfield, MA, USA.
Poulenc Gloria
*Online version: Choral singalong of holiday favorites with some of the best tales from the orchestra's archives celebrating the Pioneer Valley community.

Jan.15.2021

Jan.16.2021

El Puerto Rico - The Rich Port

7:30pm
Victory Players
The Wherehouse
Holyoke, MA, USA.
Carillo - Y dicen que cuando Guabancex se encoleriza hace mover el viento y el agua…*
Rodriguez - Transmutation*
Ugay - Island of Enchantment*

Feb.27.2021

Life is a Dream - Celebrating the music of Lewis Spratlan

7:30pm
Pioneer Valley Symphony
Zoom:
Greenfield, MA, USA.
Lewis Spratlan - Life is a Dream Suite
Igor Stravinsky - Firebird Suite
*Online version: Online performance of a new suite from Lewis Spratlan's pulitzer-prize winning opera, Life is a Dream.

Mar.5.2021

Skinful of Curiosities

7:30pm
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Zoom:
South Hadley, MA, USA.
New online sound installation inspired by the collection at Mount Holyoke College's Skinner Museum. The work will be featured as a physical sound installation in the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum's 2021 - 2022 season.

Apr.3.2021

Musical Puzzle

7:30pm
Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra
Zoom:
Northampton, MA, USA.
Jordan Kuspa - Musical Puzzle
*Online version: World premiere of a made for zoom education program featuring a musical mystery that unravels before the viewers eyes! Especially dedicated to our audience members with young children ages 5 - 8.

Apr.23.2021

Classic Classical

2:00pm
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Abbey Memorial Chapel
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA, USA.​
Robert Schumann - Piano Concerto in A Minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony No.29 in A
*Online version: A celebration of the early works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

May.8.2021

Musical Tributes

7:30pm
Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra
Zoom:
Northampton, MA, USA.
Gabriel Faure - Requiem​
Elena Ruehr - Unquiet Earth *world premiere
*Online version: Community singalong of Faure's Requiem in memoriam to all that the Pioneer Valley community has lost to the pandemic.

Jun.11.2021

Jun.12.2021 

El Puerto Rico - The Rich Port

7:30pm
Victory Players
El Mercado
Holyoke, MA, USA.
Armando Bayolo: Nadie Puede Dar Lo Que No Tiene*
Gabriel Bouche: Yo Yo Boing / United States of Banana*
J. J. Peña Aguayo: Bomba de aqui*
Johanny Navarro: “Belén” Un canto Sagrado a mis ancestros*

Jun.13.2021

Living Music Summit

Boston New Music Initiative
Cambridge Chamber Singers
Stephanie Lamprea, soprano
8pm
Trinity Lutheran
Cambridge, MA, USA.
7pm
Pilgrim Church
Lexington, MA, USA.
Davis - Nature of Things
Soper - Head Heart
Biedenbender - Shell
Mazzoli - Still Life with Avalanche

Mar.20.2020

Mar.21.2020

Mar.22.2020 *Postponed

Opera Bites

7.30pm
Boston Opera Collaborative
Longy School of Music of Bard College
Cambridge, MA, USA.
Surillo - Graceland
Shin - Hamlet Inc
Ratay - Total Spiritual
Greer - Tall Order
Ratay - Womb with a View
Solitro - Triangle
Kendrick - American Flag
Carillo - Trapped Language of Love
Kendrick - Cubs Win

Apr.17.2020 *Postponed

Immigrant Stories

8:00pm
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Abbey Memorial Chapel
South Hadley, MA, USA.​
de Hartmann - Piano Concerto
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No.3

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