Our Mission: We provide children and adults the experience of telling stories through song, by performing original, entirely-sung operas and oratorios, with lyrics and music accessible and appealing to audiences of all ages. For a quick glimpse of what we're all about, check out this terrific promo video by Emilija Baksys.

Welcome

2018 Science Festival Chorus

INVITING adults and children 6 and older to join a chorus
to perform a program of songs about BIODIVERSITY
at the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival:

Directed by Laura Backley and David Bass

 
     
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:15 to 7:30pm
   Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave.
   Cambridge, MA 02140
     
Registration: at the first two rehearsals on
   Wednesday, January 24, 6:15pm
   Wednesday, January 31, 6:15pm
     
Performances:       on the two weekends of school vacation week
   Sunday April 15 at 5:30pm at the Museum of Science
   Saturday April 21 at 3:00pm at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
   Sunday April 22 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School
     

Children ages 6 to 11 require a participating adult

QUESTIONS? Contact Claudette at
617-821-5043 or festival2018@familyopera.org

DOWNLOAD A RECRUITING POSTER HERE

Once again, we will be presenting a program of science songs at the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival in April. This year's production will be a series of songs on the theme of biodiversity and will include songs about the five major extinction events, E.O. Wilson, each of the six biological kingdoms, types of biodiversity, and a mini-opera about a tree in the Amazon rain forest! For a sample of such a song, watch "Lake" by David Haines.

Web of Life will comprise about 20 songs by several contemporary composers, including David Haines, who has been featured prominently in many of our previous Science Festival Choruses, plus Bruce Lazarus and Lauren Mayer; as well as local composers Andrea Gaudette and Molly Ruggles. We will also sing a medley of songs composed by Cambridge Public School students under the direction of David Haines, as part of David's CPS Songwriting Workshops. The entire program will include an accompanying slideshow of song lyrics and children's artwork.

Rehearsals will be at the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave, Cambridge, starting at 6:15. You may register at either of the first two rehearsals, on January 24 and January 31. Weekly rehearsals will continue through April 11, with a Dress Rehearsal scheduled for April 13. Generally, we will start rehearsals with warmups and announcements from 6:15 to 6:30. Everyone will rehearse until 7:30 (at some rehearsals, we may have 20 to 30 minutes of separate rehearsing just for the kids), then younger children and their parents may leave. The rehearsal will continue for another 45 minutes (until about 8:15), during which we will work on some of the more challenging music. Most of the songs will be rehearsed during the 6:30-7:30 hour. A few songs will be performed by only those who stay for the later rehearsal. Many rehearsals will include a brief, accessible discussion of the science behind the songs.

Learn more about and listen to/watch our 2016 performance of Giants of Science. And here are recordings from our 2015 science chorus, A Little Light Music.

 

Also...

Free Science and Music-Writing Program for Kids - Celebrating Science and Opera

North Cambridge Family Opera (NCFO) is joining forces with the Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) to offer a FREE 10-week opera-writing workshop for students in grades 2-5, led by BLO Teaching Artist Lydia Jane Graeff and NCFO composer and former CPS music teacher, Andrea Gaudette.

Students will create an 8-minute opera by researching the Amazon rainforest, and then writing their own story and music about it. They will perform the completed mini-opera with the NCFO Science Festival Chorus as part of the Cambridge Science Festival on April 15, 21, and 22 (on the school vacation weekends).

The workshops will be held on Sundays from 12:00 to 1:30 beginning January 21 at the Deborah Mason School of Dance in Somerville. Contact Andrea at gaudetteandrea@gmail.com.

2018 Family Opera

Links about Weedpatch HERE, HERE, and HERE
PERFORMANCES: March 17, 18, 24, and 25, 2018

 

Thanks to all who auditioned for WEEDPATCH!

 

[CLICK HERE TO READ A FULL SYNOPSIS]
LISTEN to a trio sung by the young heroine, her father, and her grandmother (41 seconds)
LISTEN to the end of the opening chorus sung by the Okies (71 seconds)
LISTEN to part of a folk song sung by the Weedpatch Chorus (31 seconds)
Audition information is archived HERE

This first-ever NCFO commission, with music by Stanford University’s Paul Phillips, and book and libretto by Grammy-winning storyteller Bill Harley, is set at the historical Weedpatch School, built and run by Oklahoma migrants, who show resilience and humor in the face of poverty and hostility from the settled Californians. Gorgeous music, many solo roles, lots of chorus singing and opportunities to dance - including hoedowns, of course!

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New operas

We are always interested in hearing about new operas or entirely-sung musicals which might be suitable for our group. Please click here for more details of what we are looking for in the way of a "family opera."