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Soloists, duos, trios, and other small ensembles performing a variety of music genres and styles, in the intimate setting of the Hale Chapel

Sunday, April, 4:00 p.m.
First Church in Boston

66 Marlborough Street

Tickets ($25) can be purchased online, by phone at 978-376-1098, or at the door (pending availability).
Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended, due to limited seating.

Spring is a season of change...


Dear Friends,

Happy spring! I'd like to thank everyone who attended our February concert, "With Heart, In Time," and for supporting us through your ticket purchases and generous donations through our silent auction. Congratulations go to soprano Elisabeth Malin, who sold the most tickets among our membership! I would also like to extend a very special thank you to the beneficiary organization for this concert, Project Pacer International — their support and enthusiasm made for an outstanding partnership.

Now, it is well past time that I shared two pieces of news with you. The first I share with great joy and pride: on February 16th, 2018, my wife and I welcomed our first child, Emmanuel, into this world. He is now nearly 2 months old, and — having experienced many of the typical ups and downs — everyone is in good spirits and good health!

The second piece of news comes in light of the first. After having been a performing member, Assistant Music Director, and now Music Director for the ensemble, it is with a heavy heart that I share that I will be stepping down as Calliope's second Music Director effective April 30, 2018, following our "Tapas" concert. Over the last few years, I have had great joy in sharing music with colleagues, friends, and audience members, and have benefited from their tremendous support. But in deference to the needs of Calliope's membership and its mission of bringing high-quality performances of challenging and diverse repertoire, I feel it is time to hand the baton to someone who is not at such a crossroads, and is able to dedicate the time needed to this wonderful organization.

I'm happy to announce that our current Assistant Music Director, John Verkuilen, will be serving as Interim Music Director and will lead Calliope in our September 2018 performance. Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to directing our third "Tapas" concert later this month — and I hope you'll join us for this varied musical program in an intimate setting! I also will remain on the ensemble's Board to provide guidance, and I am excited for the ways I will be able to help our group grow and flourish!

From a place of great sincerity: Thank you for everything.

Warmest wishes,
Jacques Dupuis, Artistic Director


We're thrilled to announce that Calliope was recently awarded two grants! The first is a 2018 Boston Cultural Council (BCC) grant in the amount of $2,000. We are grateful to Mayor Martin J. Walsh and to the City of Boston's Chief of Arts and Culture, Julie Burros, for selecting Calliope to receive this grant support. The second grant is a Proctor Foundation grant in the amount of $2,500, and we are thankful to the Foundation and to its executor, a knowledgeable music lover who attended our February performance prior to granting this award.

Special thanks go to soprano Marie Coste, who played a major role in pursuing and obtaining the Proctor Foundation grant! Both this and the BCC grant are much-needed support that will allow Calliope to continue doing what we love — collaborating to bring beautiful music to the greater Boston community.

Calliope Member Q & A:
Holly Ahearn, Soprano
Q: You're one of the longest-standing members of Calliope. What pieces have you enjoyed performing most with the ensemble?

A: There are so many wonderful pieces we have performed over the years, that it's really hard to choose. Menotti's The Death of the Bishop of Brindisi [from the February 2011 performance, "Pious & Profane: Profane"] was a very moving piece. I loved that one because I prepared the children's chorus for it — the kids loved it because their characters got to "drown" at the end. Good stuff.

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

A: I started singing very early. When I was 3, I was singing in a church talent show, and my 8-year-old brother was also singing in the show. My song went fine, and then I was backstage watching my brother. He started to sing and forgot the words — and I marched right out to help him. The audience laughed and cheered because I was so tiny and rescuing my giant older brother. I won the talent show!

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

A: In the summers, I love to garden, and in the winter I have rehearsals with many children at all times!

Unfamiliar with the music in our next concert, or need a refresher?
Here are links to recordings of some of what we'll be performing in this year's "Tapas" concert, available on YouTube:

* Amy Beach, 3 Browning Songs,
"Ah, Love, but a Day!"
* Johannes Brahms, Vier ernste Gesänge
Did you know that if you link to through Calliope's website, a percentage of your purchase will be donated to our ensemble? All you have to do is visit, click on the Amazon link at the top right of the page, then place your order.
Thank you in advance for your support!

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!
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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