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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 

Hope your holidays hit all the right notes!

We're working to do the same, as rehearsals are in full swing.

Dear Friends,

I'd like to begin with a big THANK YOU to all who attended our September performance! We were so pleased to share the music of Mozart and Salieri with you, and thanks to your bids in our silent auction, we raised nearly $1200 — which goes a long way toward our operations costs. The baskets put together by the various sections were especially popular in the auction, and congratulations goes to the sopranos, whose basket got the highest bids! 

We would also like to extend a special thank you to those who honored Katharine Koniuto by making a remembrance contribution to Calliope in her name. 
And we invite you to remember a loved one by purchasing space for a memorial message in our concert program booklet. A quarter-page space is $80 (half pages are $150; full pages are $275), and the message will run in our programs for up to 2 years. Please e-mail us for more information.

With a total of 30 singers and 17 instrumentalists in our performing membership for the season, we are hard at work in rehearsals for our February performance, "Pasticcio!" We're very pleased to welcome Wei Yang as our new accompanist. We're also happy to count alto Ella Hed, alto, among our new members. Ella is part of our scholarship program, and is being mentored by alto Sabrina Ellis and soprano Laura Swager. Read more about Wei and Ella below!

February's concert will be truly unique, and will have a little something for everyone. The program is a "new" piece, created in collaboration with local playwright Abbey Fenbert and compiled from a collection of ensemble members' favorite choruses, arias, duets, and scenes. It tells the ancient legend of Orpheus and Eurydice and their fateful love, through different genres and styles of music, and all narrated by Orpheus's mother, Calliope — the muse after which our ensemble is named. We're excited to have WBUR's Delores Handy joining us for the performance, in the role of Calliope! 
You'll be able to read more about the February concert beneficiary, the Alliance for Children Foundation, in our next newsletter. In the meantime, we wish you a holiday season that's happy, healthy, and filled with song!

Julia O'Toole, Artistic Director

Calliope Member Q & A:
Wei Yang, Accompanist
Q: Do you have any special memories or experiences from when you were first learning to play the piano?

A: I first had access to a piano at age 3, and I started lessons when I was 4. One special memory is when I had my orchestra debut with the Xiamen, China city philharmonic — I was 7, and I played Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 18. There was a section I couldn't remember, so I had to signal to my mother in the audience to come up on stage and bring me the music, while I was still playing. When she showed up on the stage, no one knew what was going on — not even the conductor — but she just sat down next to me and was my page turner.

Q: What do you like most about Boston?

A: I've been living here for 7 years, and I absolutely love it, compared to other cities I've lived in. It is small enough that I can easily walk to places, but it's also big enough to have a lot of available activities. I can get by without having a car, and check out all kinds of interesting events. And I've met many wonderful people here, which is truly a blessing!
Support Calliope while you do your online holiday shopping!
Whether you're buying gifts for others or treating yourself on, a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Calliope if you link to Amazon through our website. Simply visit, click on the link at the top right of the page, then shop away. That's all it takes! Thank you in advance for your support.
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Calliope Member Q & A:
Ella Hed, Alto & Scholarship Recipient
Q: What interested you about singing with Calliope, and what are you hoping to learn from performing with the ensemble?

A: Singing in a small (compared to the size of my chorus class at school), talented group of people with my big sister (Shelly Hed, alto) sounded pretty cool. I think this experience will help me with my performance, on stage and overall. The only con is that I fall asleep around 10:30 on rehearsal nights!

Q: If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?

A: I think I would go to Hawaii. I love water, and all the photos I've seen of Hawaii have crystal-clear swimming spots.
Seeking New Board Members
We have open positions on our Board of Directors. Contact Julia if you know someone who would be a great fit to help guide and shape our organization.
We'd love to talk with them!
Hire us for your event!
Musicians are available to perform at parties, weddings, and other functions
through our Ensembles in Residence (EIR) Program.  
Click here for more information.
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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