BYSO's E-Newsletter: JANUARY 2019
It is Opera Time at BYSO
Puccini's La Bohème
January 27th at Sanders Theatre
Puccini La Bohème
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3pm 
Sanders Theatre at Harvard University

Mimi, Ellie Dehn
Musetta, Olga Pudova
Marcello, Andrey Zhilikovsky
Schaunard, Edward Nelson
Colline, David Cushing
Benoit, Andy Papas
Alcindoro, James Harrington
Doganiere, Ryne Cherry
Parpignol, Felix Aguilar Tomlinson
BYSO Opera Chorus
Charles Prestinari , Chorus Master
Steven Lipsitt, Artistic Director

The running time of this performance of Puccini's La Bohème is approximately 3 hours. Therefore, only children 10 years of age and older will be admitted to this performance.
BYSO Opera Ovation

"BYSO inspires everyone to listen and create connections in new ways and thanks to BYSO, our three teenage boys now all enjoy opera ! The caliber of musicianship and the dedication of the staff are truly amazing. Thank you to BYSO for the wonderful impact you have made to our family and the Boston community of young musicians. "
-BYSO Parent

Fed’s commitment to opera with BYSO is absolute. His work with them is driven and exciting, demanding and fulfilling. They learn about opera, they learn about music and listening. Opera can enrich your life. One can go on magical journeys in music and drama that are personal, in the moment, and unique in every performance.
-Edward Berkeley, Stage Director of BYSO Operas
Happy Birthday ICP!
On December 16, 2018 BYSO celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Intensive Community Program (ICP) with a concert at Faneuil Hall followed by a reception at Boston's City Hall. We are so proud of the hard work and talents of our young musicians. We were delighted to welcome back many ICP alumni. It was a beautiful gathering of students, family, alumni, staff, faculty, board, funders, and the community.
Photos top to bottom:ICP students celebrating at the post-concert reception at Boston's City Hall; ICP students and faculty before the concert at Faneuil Hall; ICP alumni that joined us for this special event. Photos by Michael J. Lutch
ICP Students in Their Own Words
As part of celebrating the Intensive Community Program's 20th Anniversary, we are highlighting ICP students and their reflections on being a part of this program.
BYSO's Annual MLK, Jr. Tribute Concert
Keynote Speaker:
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

Metcalf Hall
George Sherman Union
Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Concert begins at 1:00pm
FREE and open to the public

Please join Boston  Mayor Martin J. Walsh along with keynote speaker
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley for the city's annual tribute to Dr. King.
Distinguished leaders will evoke the power and the promise of the
civil rights hero through remarks, readings, and spoken word:  
Dr. Robert Brown , President of Boston University
L'Merchie Frazier , Director of Education and Interpretation at Museum of African American History
Raina Jacques , ICP Alumna
Katherine Kennedy , Director of the BU Howard Thurman Center
Archelle Thelemaque , BU Student
Conductor Marta Żurad  will lead student musicians from the
and Conductor Herbert S. Jones will lead
in a moving array of classical music, spirituals, and freedom songs.
The day's festivities culminate with the traditional audience sing-a-long.   
Save the Date!
Children's Opera: The Magic Flute
Don't miss Mozart’s beloved opera sung in English and devised for children ages 6 and older and their families.

Tamino – Neal Ferreira
Papageno – Edward Nelson
Pamina – Erica Petrocelli
Queen of the Night – Jeni Houser
Sarastro – David Cushing
Monostatos – Anthony Webb
Papagena – Brooklyn Snow

Two performances on March 17 at 12noon and 3pm in Symphony Hall.
BYSO Annual Gala

By creating access, providing pathways, and inspiring musical excellence,
BYSO has touched the lives of hundreds of young musicians of color and
low-income families through the Intensive Community Program.
Join us on March 30, 2019 as we celebrate their stories,
their communities and their MUSIC!
Thank you so much to our generous corporate sponsors!
ICP students featured on WCVB's Channel 5
We are delighted that BYSO's ICP students and Executive Director, Cathy Weiskel, were featured on WCVB Channel 5's CityLine with Karen Holmes Ward. Students beautifully represented BYSO and performed holiday favorites, bringing joy to the entire Channel 5 studio. The show aired on Sunday, December 23rd on CityLine!
Alumni Spotlight
Jessica Rucinski, '09
BYSO is proud of its many alumni who go on to do amazing things, in music as well as in many other fields. Jessica Rucinski '09 played percussion and piano during her time in BYSO. She now lives abroad in Berlin, Germany and leads the Business Intelligence team at IDAGIO , a streaming service for classical music. Her team oversees everything having to do with processing data and making it visible within IDAGIO . Pictured left: Jessica performing with BYSO in 2008 at Symphony Hall. Pictured below: Ms. Rucinski at her IDAGIO desk in Berlin.
"BYSO made me a well-rounded musician. It was where I learned the most about chamber music, orchestral music, and had my first introduction to opera. Working with Fed and the singers, I was drawn into the world of the opera, which remains my favorite"
BYSO Partners with IDAGIO
BYSO is delighted be the first American youth orchestra to partner with IDAGIO, a streaming service for classical music. IDAGIO offers BYSO students and families special pricing and access to their array of services and aims to provide other unique services and listening possibilities as the partnership evolves. BYSO is excited about this collaboration and so happy that we can encourage further exposure to classical music.
Save the Date!
BYSO's 2019-2020 Season
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