2019 Family Opera

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This light-hearted galactic odyssey by NCFO founder and Artistic Director David Bass
features non-stop music in a variety of popular and classical styles,
compelling for all ages!
With an inter-generational cast, in English with side titles.

Saturday, March 30 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, March 31 at 1:00pm and 5:30pm
Saturday, April 6 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, April 7 at 1:00pm and 5:30pm

Performances at the Peabody School  (Directions, map, parking)
70 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140
Parking is readily available on the streets surrounding the school.
You can park anywhere, including permit parking spots, because
Cambridge will suspend permit parking restrictions during showtimes.

MAKE A DONATION NOW to be sure you get a general admission seat!
Suggested donation: $6 children, $12 adults, minimum donation $5 online
You may also donate any amount at the door.

Download a publicity flyer HERE

2019 Science Festival Chorus

NCFO Festival Chorus will
perform a program of songs about SPACE TRAVEL
at the 2019 Cambridge Science Festival:

Directed by Sarah Eastman and David Bass

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 6:15 to 7:30pm
NEW DAY Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave.
   Cambridge, MA 02140
Registration: at the first two rehearsals on
   Thursday, January 24, 6:15pm
   Thursday, January 31, 6:15pm
Performances:       on the two weekends of school vacation week
   Saturday April 13 at 3:00pm at the Broad Institute
   Sunday April 14 at 3:00pm at the Cambridge Public Library (main library)
   Saturday April 20 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School

Children ages 6 to 11 require a participating adult

QUESTIONS? Contact Claudette at
617-821-5043 or festival2019@familyopera.org

For the thirteenth consecutive year, we will be presenting a program of science songs at the Cambridge Science Festival in April, 2019. This year's production celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. We will be presenting a program of twenty songs about the history, challenges, and potential destinations of space travel, including songs about animals in space, the exploration of Mars, and what happens as you approach the speed of light. For a sample of a song about the moon, watch "Cool Moon" by David Haines (as performed in 2014).

One Whole Step for Man will include songs by a number of contemporary composers, including David Haines, who has been featured prominently in many of our previous Science Festival Choruses, plus Bruce Lazarus, Dan Kallman, and Lauren Mayer; as well as local composers Molly Ruggles, Tim Maurice, Andrea Gaudette, and Ruth Hertzman-Miller. We will also sing a medley of songs composed by Cambridge Public School students under the direction of David Haines and Andrea Gaudette, as part of their 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 Friday, April 12. Everyone will rehearse until 7:30. Anyone interested in a greater challenge can stay from 7:30-8:15, when we will be working on a few of the more difficult songs (those 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 2017 performance of Singin' of the Rain and our 2016 performance of Giants of Science.


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. Below is a 3-minute introduction to what makes NCFO unique! (For more detail, here's a 12-minute version.)

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."