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Season 9...and feeling fine!

Calliope is back in action and rehearsing for our 9th season.

Dear Friends,

Given how warm and green Boston is these days, it's almost hard to recall the winter! But we had a successful performance in February with "Finding a Home," a concert that benefited the Bay State Animal Cooperative (BSAC). A big thank you to all who attended and contributed to our silent auction, which raised nearly $600. We are pleased to have partnered with the BSAC, and we're happy to report that we were able to donate more than $700 to this great organization!

I hope you're enjoying all that this sunny season has to offer. We in Calliope are as well, but on Tuesday nights we buckle down and focus on making music together. And what a great set of music we're working on for this program, "Antonio and Amadeus"! Our September program features pieces by Mozart and his contemporary (and some say, bitter rival) Salieri — including movements from Mozart's Requiem, and Salieri's Tempesta di Mare. What we look forward to presenting to you in September is a snapshot of both composers' work, and the moments of tension and release that run through them.

This season we've welcomed several new musicians to our ensemble, bringing our total performing membership to 54, comprised of 35 singers and 19 instrumentalists. Our 2015–2016 season also brings an exciting new development — a third performance in April 2016! For a preview of both the February and April concerts, visit, and stay tuned for more details in the next issue of our newsletter. Happy summer!

Julia O'Toole, Artistic Director

Calliope Member Q & A:
Nicolas Sterner, Cello 

Q: What piece are you most looking forward to performing in September?

A: I'm really excited to perform the Mozart works on our program. So much of Mozart's compositions are bright and sunny, yet the Requiem and the "Kyrie" from the Mass in C Minor show a dramatic, moody side to his musical personality.

Q: What is your favorite thing about summertime in Boston?

A: I've got to say how much I enjoy the green spaces speckled throughout the city — walking around the Public Garden and the Common on a warm day when everyone is out enjoying themselves!
Salieri: Rival and Murderer?!

Most people know of the rivalry of Antonio Salieri and Amadeus Mozart as it was depicted in the movie Amadeus. Though Antonio Salieri was pivotal in the development of 18th-century opera, his works went into obscurity after 1860 — and unlike other composers of his day, he lived to age 74, outliving his music's popularity. Mozart's music, on the other hand, was performed well past his death at age 35. With both powerhouse composers working in Vienna, it's easy to see why a rivalry may have been exaggerated, and the myth perpetuated that Salieri murdered Mozart by poisoning him.

But Salieri was a prolific composer in his own right, and in our September concert, Calliope will perform three of Salieri's works — 
Coronation Te Deum, Salve Regina, and Tempesta di Mare — in addition to some of Mozart's compositions. You can decide for yourself whether Mozart and Salieri had any reason to be jealous of each other's works!
Our next performance, "Antonio and Amadeus," will take place Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St.
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Calliope Member Q & A: 
Edith Walker, Soprano

Q: You've performed with Calliope since its inception. Which concerts have you enjoyed most?

A: I would add a star to the "Pious & Profane" concerts (September 2010 and February 2011). In the "Pious" program, I particularly enjoyed singing Copland's "In the Beginning," his setting for Genesis 1:1-2:7, a Biblical text I have always loved. Menotti's "The Bishop of Brindisi" was the highlight for me of the "Profane" program.

Q: What (other than making music) do you like to do in your spare time?

A: I spend quite a bit of time reading and researching Boston social history. My family has been a presence in this city for six generations, since the 1840s, and I enjoy unearthing stories about interesting ancestors and their friends.
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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, Artistic Director
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