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Sunday, April 30
Concert at 4:00 p.m.
Reception at 5:30 p.m.

First Church in Boston
66 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA 02116

Tickets: $25
(Includes both performance and party)
Purchase online here, or at the door
(pending availability)

Springing the next 10 years

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you in the midst of a winter that seems not to be able to decide whether it is coming or going! It is my pleasure to write to you near the completion of our landmark tenth season, for the first time as the new music director of Calliop
e, a position I am honored and thrilled to assume in Julia’s stead. As you all know, Julia built this group from the ground up into a vibrant and thriving organization, with much to be proud of and much promise for the future.

When I joined Calliope for the September 2012 concert, “A Mass in Pieces,” I was intrigued by the prospect of rehearsing together with an orchestra. Growing up as a trumpet player, I had played in orchestras and knew the difficult task of preparing and performing choral–orchestral works. The challenges force a particular dynamism, asking performers and conductors alike to rise to ever-higher levels of concentration and commitment. As I learned quickly in the summer of 2012, each member of Calliope contained the spark needed to sustain that energy, and I was thrilled to partake in this exciting atmosphere. In the years since, the energy has not waned, and so when Julia approached me with the Board’s offer for me to assume the role she had filled for nearly a decade, I knew it was too good of an opportunity to defer.
As we move forward together, I urge you to join me in continuing to help Calliope sustain and grow its success in the next 10 years and beyond. As I see it, Calliope has two particularly important hallmarks, and you are doubtless familiar with both. One is our trademark collaborative environment, in which members maintain a strong presence in areas ranging from repertoire choices to everyday operations. The other is a keen interest in bringing lesser-known and underperformed works and composers to the Boston area. In recent years, we have premiered new works by young and emerging composers, presented nearly unknown or forgotten works by major composers, and highlighted music by composers in classical music’s underrepresented demographics. In each of these areas, my vision is to continue to build. I believe the feasibility of this is supported by our established practices, most recently exemplified by February’s “Sacred Threads” concert, in which we performed several works composed by women.
I am thrilled to invite you all to join us for our 2017 "Tapas" concert and 10th Anniversary Party on April 30, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at First Church in Boston. The performance is sure to please, with a variety of shorter works by small groups and soloists from our membership and a performance of Liza Lehmann’s charming and bizarre Four Cautionary Tales and a Moral! Be sure to visit our website for details and ticket information.
I will close by saying only that I am humbled to assume this role in our organization, and I hope you will join me as we guide it forward together.
Warmest wishes and much gratitude,
Jacques Dupuis, Artistic Director


We were excited to receive recognition at a recent event held for recipients of grants from the Boston Cultural Council (BCC), where we were represented by Colleen Martin, alto, pictured at left with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Colleen also had the opportunity to meet Julie Burros, who was appointed by Mayor Walsh in 2014 as Boston's Chief of Arts and Culture. We look forward to building a relationship between our ensemble and Ms. Burros' office, and finding out more ways in which we can work together to better serve the Boston arts and music community. 

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

* Sir Arthur Sullivan, The Long Day Closes

* Samuel Barber, "Under the Willow Tree," from Vanessa
Calliope Member Q & A:
Lillian McKinley, Soprano
Q: What are your favorite pieces that you've performed with Calliope, and why?

A: A couple of years ago, we did Rossini's Stabat Mater, which was very fun. It was challenging but fascinating at the same time. I enjoyed Ivo Antognini's I Am the Rose of Sharon from February's "Sacred Threads" concert — it took what you'd expect to be very "traditional" material and made it modern in a way that felt almost subversive. At that same concert, we premiered Adria Stolk's Leaf to Leaf, which was very interesting to work on, and it was gratifying to see all of the work we poured into it come together by the night of the concert. Over the years, we've performed a movement or two from Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, which has been one of my favorite pieces since I first performed it in college.

Q: How old were you when you first started singing, and do you have any special early musical memories or experiences?

A: Too young for me to remember! My mother would probably say that I started to sing as soon as I could talk. The first time I performed on stage, I was in first grade, and I sang "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid in the school talent show. I don't actually remember it, but it feels like I do because my mom tells the story to anyone who will stand still long enough!

Q: You can have dinner with any 3 celebrities or historical figures, living or dead. Who's coming to dinner?

A: William Shakespeare, as he's guaranteed to make great conversation, and I can prove the Oxfordians wrong once and for all! J.K. Rowling, so she has to answer (or cleverly evade) all my questions and listen to all my fan theories about the world of Harry Potter. And Cleopatra VII, but only if she's able to bring as many scrolls from the Library of Alexandria as she can carry. Otherwise, I'll trade her for Rosalind Franklin.

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!

A percentage of your purchase will be donated to Calliope if you link to through our website. Simply visit, click on the Amazon link at the top right of the page, then shop away. It's that easy! Thank you in advance for your support.
In celebration of the milestone of Calliope's 10th anniversary in 2016, we've put together this video to share who we are and what we're about. Check it out, and feel free to share it with your friends!
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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