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Saturday, February 3, 7:30 p.m. at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street

Tickets: $35 General Admission; $45 Premium Seating; $25 Students/Seniors (with ID)

Purchase tickets online, by phone at 978-376-1098, or at the door (pending availability)

It's almost concert time...and we're ready for it!


Dear Friends,

Winter in Boston can be beautiful, but also challenging. And so far this winter, we've had our share of challenges, between a major blizzard and several days of frigid cold. But the weather isn't stopping us in Calliope — we've got music to rehearse and a performance to polish, and our united purpose and camaraderie keeps us warm through these cold months!

The dedicated staff of our partner beneficiary for February's concert, Project Pacer International, isn't about to stop fulfilling their mission, either. Earlier this month we were pleased to welcome Dr. David Martin and Dr. Adelqui Peralta of Project Pacer to one of our rehearsals, where they gave a compelling presentation about their work, primarily focusing on providing patients in Bolivia with pacemakers and other cardiac therapies. Read on in this newsletter for more details about this wonderful organization and their efforts in developing countries.

Concert night is just around the corner, and to save yourself time, we recommend purchasing your tickets online in advance — you can do so at this link. Having your tickets already in hand will give you time to peruse the many interesting and one-of-a-kind items up for bid in our silent auction, such as wine, chocolates, and creatively themed baskets put together by various sections of our ensemble. We look forward to seeing you on February 3!

Warmest wishes,
Jacques Dupuis, Artistic Director


A warm welcome to those who have recently joined our ensemble:

John Verkuilen, Baritone & Assistant Music Director
Sarah Malconian, Elisabeth Malin, and Meg Warsi, Sopranos
Brian McCaig, Tenor
Elaine Mou, Violin

Unfamiliar with the music in our next concert, or need a refresher? Here are links to recordings of some of the pieces we'll be performing in "With Heart, In Time", available on YouTube:

Charles Gounod, Roméo et Juliette, Overture—Prologue
* Franz Schubert, Dreifach ist der Schritt der Zeit
Photos above courtesy of Dr. Adelqui Peralta and Project Pacer International.
Top left:
 Dr. David Martin meets a group of patients who took a 24-hour bus ride to be seen by the Project Pacer team. Top right: Dr. Peralta evaluates an elderly woman in need of a pacemaker. Bottom left: Dr. Martin with Felipe, a young patient who received his first pacemaker at age 12. Bottom right: A large group of patients attends an orientation conference by the Project Pacer team.


Dr. Adelqui Peralta is a tango dancer, a Spanish guitar player, and the Director of Project Pacer International, a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide cardiac care to populations in need around the world. His commitment to the project began in 1994, when he arrived in the United States from Argentina. Since then, the project has taken him to India, Kenya, Morocco, Paraguay, and — critically — Bolivia, where 1.8 million people, mostly in rural areas, are affected by a native parasite which causes illness and heart failure.  

The mission of Project Pacer International, to deliver this quality care, involves much more than surgical procedures. Donated pacemakers and medical supplies must be sourced and navigated through customs, volunteer surgeons and medical residents must be organized, international travel has to be arranged, and television and newspaper advertisements for the free medical services must be placed so patients know when to arrive at local hospitals. This year political struggles and protest in Bolivia are another hurdle for the Project Pacer International team, as well as for the residents of Bolivia the project will assist.

When asked how he hopes the project will expand in coming years, Dr. Peralta discusses education — how critical it is to expose young medical residents to working in difficult contexts, with limited supplies and facilities and with less support, over hours that stretch from early in the morning to late at night. He also hopes that his group can offer more insight and training to Bolivian medical residents and doctors. “These weeks are intense work,” he explains. Local nurses work overtime for the benefit of the project, cardiac patients and their families travel arduous miles and then wait very patiently to see the doctors, and the Project Pacer International team strives to deliver modern medical care of the highest quality.

Dr. Peralta happily describes how rewarding it is to see young patients regain quality of life after surgery, and to see them not only able to provide for their families but enjoy life again, play soccer again, and appreciate music with their friends and family. Calliope members and supporters know how creating and being in the presence of music can increase health and wellbeing, and Dr. Peralta agrees. “Music can help people in so many different ways," he says. "Not only music therapy, but it helps for PTSD, autism, dementia...for me, it helps to manage stress.” His patients, too, feel the importance of the rhythm and motion of music in their lives. As he explains, “When I look at many of my patients who are quite advanced in age, I say, ‘How do I get to be like you?’” And his patients often reply, “I dance, Doctor. I dance.”

Calliope is pleased to celebrate the work of Project Pacer International. For more information on the project, please visit their website at
Calliope Member Q & A:
David Morse, Tenor
Q: How old were you when you first began singing, and do you have any special early musical moments or memories?

A: I started singing in middle school. We performed "Oklahoma!" when I was in eighth grade, and I can still remember some of the chorus parts. We had an outstanding music teacher who taught me three different instruments, and also directed the shows.

Q: What pieces have you most enjoyed performing with Calliope?

A: It's really hard to pick a favorite piece. I have found that some of the pieces I didn't care for at all when we first started rehearsing them, often become very enjoyable by performance time! The piece written by our former collaborative pianist Wei Yang, My Dream on January 20 [from the September 2016 concert, "Ten"], was beautiful, and it's always fun to sing for a composer.

Q: If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

A: I have wanted to go to Peru since I was a child — I'm not sure why, I've just always found it fascinating! I'd also like to see Australia and New Zealand.

Calliope is seeking to fill open positions on our Board of Directors. Please contact Robert if you know someone who would be a great fit to help guide and shape the future direction of our organization. We'd love to talk with them!
Calliope Member Q & A:
Elaine Mou, Violin
Q: You've just joined our ensemble this season. What brought you to Calliope, and what are you looking forward to in playing with us?

A: I met Jacques' wife, Kathryn, through work, and she encouraged me to audition. I moved here from Iowa in August for my first job out of college, and I was looking for a creative outlet and community to keep me engaged in the arts. It's been fun playing new music I would not have tried, within the familiar dynamics of an orchestra.

Q: What do you like most about your instrument, and what do you find most challenging about it?

A: I like that the violin lets you put your own style and technical skill prominently on display — it allows for flashy passages and emotive, thoughtful work equally. Still, it can feel exposed — there's little to hide behind, especially compared to the richness of other string instruments, so it can be intimidating to showcase your favorite music.

Q: Where are you most likely to be found, when not in rehearsal?

A: Playing The Legend of Zelda on my Nintendo Switch. It has consumed more of my life than I would like to admit!
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Just visit, click on the Amazon link at the top right of the page, then place your order.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Mission Statement
Calliope shares the joy of music through passionate collaboration between singers and instrumentalists. It is our mission that audiences benefit from collaboration between instrumentalists and singers, resulting in deeper understanding and performance of the music. We pursue this goal by:
  • Providing excellent music to the community of Greater Boston via a new, more inclusive method of rehearsal and performance
  • Capitalizing on the power of music to contribute toward social improvement via one benefit concert each season for an organization whose mission is reflected in our programming for that performance
  • Cultivating artists and their supporters for the future through our mentoring scholarship program.
 Julia O'Toole, Founder
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