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2016 Science Festival Chorus

Thanks to our chorus and audience for a wonderful festival!

 

Directed by Laura Backley

THREE FREE PERFORMANCES
were held during the two weekends of school vacation week

     
   Saturday April 16 at 3:00pm at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, 415 Main St., Cambridge
   Sunday April 17 at 6:00pm at the Museum of Science, Boston
   Sunday April 24 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave., Cambridge
     

Peruse/download the program booklet for these performances
 

Once again, we presented a program of science songs at the 2016 (tenth annual!) Cambridge Science Festival in April, sung by an intergenerational chorus for audiences of all ages. This year's production was a series of songs on the theme of Giants of Science, highlighting the lives and work of great scientists and mathematicians throughout history who have shaped our understanding of the world. Included were songs about Johannes Kepler, Charles Darwin, Ada Lovelace, Erwin Schrödinger, Annie Jump Cannon, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, to name just a few. For a sample of such a song, listen to/watch the slideshow from our 2009 performance of "Mister Darwin" by David Haines. And you can also listen to/watch the slideshow of the demo version of "It Would Have Been Enough" (the Einstein song) by David Bass.

Giants of Science comprised 17 songs by David Bass, Michael Ching, Andrea Gaudette, David Haines, Ruth Hertzman-Miller, Daniel Kallman, Dan Kohane, Bruce Lazarus, Tim Maurice, and Lauren Mayer. Included was a medley of songs composed by Cambridge Public School students under the direction of David Haines, as part of David's CPS Songwriting Workshops. Also included was a song composed by third graders at the Haggerty School in Cambridge, under the direction of Andrea Gaudette. The entire program included an accompanying slideshow of song lyrics and children's artwork.

Learn more about and listen to/watch this past year's performance of A Little Light Music. And here are recordings from our 2014 science chorus, Powers of Ten.

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2016 Family Opera

Many thanks to our cast, crew, and audiences for a terrific production!

Music by Bernard Hughes
Libretto by William Radice

Directed by David Bass and Kathy Lindsay
Choreography by Rachel Zimmerman

 

An opera based on a Bengali animal fable by Upendrakishore Raychaudhuri
Translated and adapted by William Radice in The Stupid Tiger and Other Tales (1981)
THIS WORK WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE W11 CHILDREN'S OPERA TRUST
Logo by Jen Fuchel

All performances were at:
The Peabody School  (Directions, map, parking)
70 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

Saturdays, March 12 and March 19, at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Sundays, March 13 and March 20, at 1:00pm and 5:00pm
See when your family and friends performed!

View/download our publicity poster for this production HERE
View/download our program booklet for this production HERE

Our 2016 production was Chincha-Chancha Cooroo or the WEAVER’S WEDDING. This remarkable family opera for audiences of all ages is based on a classic Bengali animal fable, with music by Bernard Hughes and libretto by William Radice. A wily Jackal arranges the marriage of a foolish, uneducated Weaver to the King's daughter ... but it is the Princess who has the last laugh! This entirely sung 70-minute show (plus intermission) is full of stunning sets, colorful costumes, and beautiful music and dance. Listen to our 2009 performance of Weaver's Wedding HERE.

Commission Competition

We are pleased to announce the winner of our family opera commission competition: Weedpatch, by composer Paul Phillips, book and lyrics by Bill HarleyWeedpatch is loosely based on historical accounts of Oklahomans who immigrated to California’s Central Valley in the 1930s. Funding for Weedpatch has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.

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."