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Pasticcio! A Concert to Benefit
the Alliance for Children Foundation
Featuring guest narrator Delores Handy
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street 

Music warms us through the chill of winter...

Join us on February 6th for our next performance!

Dear Friends,

As we find ourselves firmly within winter's icy grip, we look forward to bringing you some light, warmth, and hope through the music and story woven through our next concert, "Pasticcio!" Here's a peek into the program....

In the tradition of pasticcio — creating a new work by combining music from existing masterpieces — the program will present the young couple of Orpheus and Eurydice in love ("Tonight" from West Side Story and "Soave sia il vento" from Cosi fan tutte), Eurydice's tragic death (movement II of Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem), Orpheus's descent into the Underworld to recover Eurydice ("Zu hilfe" from The Magic Flute and "Hernando's Hideaway" from The Pajama Game), the devastation as Orpheus loses Eurydice a second time after breaking his oath to the Lord of the Underworld (the storm scene from Rameau's Les Boreades), and the joyous praise and celebration at the gods' intervention on behalf of the lovers (the traditional spiritual "Ride On King Jesus" and "Thy Right Hand O Lord" from Handel's Israel in Egypt). We will perform these and other musical illustrations of this timeless story, with Delores Handy (WBUR/NPR) narrating as Orpheus's mother and our ensemble's namesake, Calliope.

We'd also like to share a little more with you about playwright Abbey Fenbert, who created the libretto for this performance. Abbey holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University and a BA from NYU. Her original plays have been produced by the Boston Playwrights' Theatre, the Boston Theater Marathon, the KNOW Theatre, the Gallatin Arts Festival, and a student collaborative at Indiana University. Abbey has received multiple honors from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, including the 2013 Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting. Her short dramatic works appear in anthologies from Smith & Kraus, and her humor writing has been featured online at The Toast and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is a 2015–16 Core Apprentice with the Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis. Abbey is currently based in Los Angeles, where she is a member playwright of the Vagrancy Theater Company.

You can purchase your tickets for "Pasticcio!" online here, if you haven't already, and note that your purchase will help support a great local organization — the Alliance for Children Foundation. Read more about the Foundation and its mission below. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Julia O'Toole, Artistic Director

Kathy Koniuto Memorial Chair Recipient: Colleen Martin

It is fitting that her first annual memorial chair coincides with a concert to benefit the Alliance for Children Foundation, as Kathy devoted her life to her family and her community — key elements in the Foundation's mission. Kathy also held her faith as the third major influence on her life, and often brought her community, family, and faith together to give of herself to all three.

Kathy's family has selected alto Colleen Martin as the first recipient of the Kathy Koniuto Memorial Chair, as the Calliope member who embodies Kathy's spirit and passions. Colleen contributes musically to the ensemble, and this season has taken on the additional responsibility of Alto Section Leader, creating a strong bond and sense of community for the section — and by extension, for the Calliope community at large. She is proud of her son, who plays the cello, and she is an active participant in her church, citing her faith as a significant part of who she is.
Concert Beneficiary: The Alliance for Children Foundation
Each February, Calliope partners with a local organization whose mission mirrors our own, and this year we are pleased to be raising awareness and funds for the Alliance for Children (AFC) Foundation. The AFC is a Massachusetts-based organization devoted to improving the physical and emotional wellbeing of orphaned and at-risk children. Director Filis Casey explains that while adoption is the goal for many of these children, sadly, “adoption [is] the exception and not the rule.” In response, the AFC has created many programs to better the quality of life for children who remain in shelters.
The AFC’s devotion to helping the most disadvantaged children has given rise to many groundbreaking initiatives, including fostering programs, educational opportunities, and therapy groups. One of the most unique programs is their music therapy class. “These children light up when they see the instruments come out,” says Bonnie DeLongchamp, Director of International Operations. “It’s so wonderful to see [them] interact with the music and with each other in ways they normally cannot.”
Looking into the future, the AFC would like to broaden their impact on underserved populations, especially children with special needs. As Bonnie explains, “These kiddos — they are so special. Every one of them deserves a chance to be all that they can be.”
For more information about the AFC, please visit their website
Calliope Member Q & A:
Marie Coste, Soprano
Q: How old were you when you first started choral singing, and do you have any favorite early musical memories or experiences?

A: I started singing in school plays in fourth or fifth grade. The first one was Tom Sawyer — it had music written by a music teacher, and some of the songs were pretty catchy. Before that, I'd played silent roles, including a carrot in Peter Rabbit. In high school and later, I played an angel in Anything Goes; Sally in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Some children in the audience thought I was really Glinda, and asked for my autograph afterward. I waved my wand and cast a good spell on them — they thought it was real!

Q: What is your favorite season, and why?

A: Summer, because it's when I usually get to take vacation, and I love the possibility of travel for the sake of travel.
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Calliope Member Q & A:
Emma Donnelly, Flute
Q: What do you like most about your instrument, and what about it do you find most challenging?

A: I like that the flute has such a wide range of musicality. It is so versatile when performing different pieces and genres of music. Jazz, classical, pop — we flutists can do it all! Getting the correct tone and dynamic when playing in the highest octave range is usually my biggest challenge.

Q: If you could live in any other city besides Boston, which would you choose and why?

A: I'm a Boston native, so the thought of living anywhere else seems strange, but I did fall in love with Kailua-Kona, a city on the Big Island in Hawaii, while visiting there last year. I am very connected to nature, particularly the ocean. Kona has beautiful beaches and parks, and some of the most delicious coffee I've ever had. It would definitely be my dream place to live. Besides, who wouldn't want to get as far away from Boston winters as possible?
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Coming this spring..."Tapas"
Faure duets, a Liszt piece for flute and piano, a Mozart quintet for piano and winds, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" for SATB a cappella, and a duet from the musical Chess — these are just a small sampling of the works anticipated for performance as we introduce a third concert into our annual season schedule! Individuals and small ensembles will be featured as we invite the audience into a more intimate setting, in the Parish Hall of Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street. Stay tuned for more details!
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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