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Upcoming Performance: "Antonio and Amadeus"
Saturday, September 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street 
Tickets: general admission ($25), premium seating ($35), seniors & students ($15 with ID)

It's almost CONCERT TIME! 

We're working out the final kinks and putting on the finishing touches.

Dear Friends,

In some ways, it feels like the summer just began, but now here we are in September, which means we're just days away from our concert, "Antonio and Amadeus." Over the rehearsal season, our musicians have had the opportunity to explore the nuances in pieces by Mozart and Salieri, and to make them our own. We can't wait for you to hear them!

Along with this beautiful music, we'll have our traditional silent auction. You can bid on many great items before the concert begins and during intermission. Our ensemble members have curated and donated some wonderful goods and services, including a Calliope music box, gift certificates for a 90-minute massage, a week-long stay at a Maine timeshare, and the opportunity to conduct a piece in our upcoming "Tapas" concert. You won't want to miss it — so bid high and bid often.

And speaking of upcoming concerts, mark your calendars now for February 6, 2016, when we will present "Pasticcio! A Concert to Benefit the Alliance for Children Foundation." This performance is a "new" piece, created in collaboration with playwright Abbey Fenbert, compiled from a collection of ensemble members' favorite choruses, arias, duets, and scenes. 

You can order your tickets for the September 12 performance by phone at 617-759-2057, or online here: Tickets will also be available at the door, pending availability. For more information, visit our website ( See you September 12th!

Julia O'Toole, Artistic Director

Calliope Member Q & A:
Kadeem Gilbert, Bass
Q: What is your favorite piece on the September concert program, and why?

A: The selections from Mozart's Requiem. The solemnity of "Lacrimosa" had made it my favorite movement in the past, but after a couple rehearsals I've come to be most enamored of "Recordare." I had never quite noticed the depths of its beauty before. To me, the mood seems to subtly waver between serenity and sorrow throughout—it's haunting, yet soothing, and the harmonies are so luxuriant.

Q: You recently traveled to Southeast Asia to do fieldwork for a Ph.D. program. What were you studying?

A: Plant–animal interactions — specifically, those between carnivorous pitcher plants and the insects that survive and thrive in the plants' digestive fluids. On a trip to the Philippines, I learned how resilient I can be when I was attacked by a swarm of angry giant Asian honeybees. I was stung by at least 30 of them all over my head and hands, and one crawled inside my ear! A team of guides came to my assistance and helped get me to a hospital. During the ordeal, I thought I might never want to do fieldwork again, but once being treated I disabused myself of that notion, and soon went on with the expedition.
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Calliope Member Q & A:
Caitrin Salvucci, Soprano & Flute
Q: You're primarily a singer in Calliope, but in this concert you'll be playing flute as well. What do you find rewarding and challenging about each?

A: I've been singing in front of people since I was 6 years old, and even after a 7-year hiatus from music after college, singing came back to me easily. Picking up the flute again has been a different challenge, as I haven't played it in an ensemble since high school! But muscle memory is pretty neat. I'm also more exposed as the only flute in the orchestra, and I think that pushes me harder.

Q: If you could live in a city other than Boston, which one would you choose, and why?

A: I would have to pick San Francisco. Like Boston, it's relatively small and manageable, and has a lot of other similarities to here. But the West Coast is also different enough that it would be a totally new experience. Plus, no Snowmageddons!
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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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