2020 Science Festival Recruit

NCFO Festival Chorus will
perform a program of songs about VISION AND THE SENSES
at the 2020 Cambridge Science Festival:


Directed by 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 29, 6:15pm
   Wednesday, February 5, 6:15pm
Performances:       on the second weekend of the Cambridge Science Festival
   Saturday April 25 at 3:00pm at the Cambridge Public Library (main library)
   Sunday April 26 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School

ADULTS and CHILDREN ages 6 and up are welcome!
Children ages 6 to 11 require a participating adult

QUESTIONS? Contact Claudette at
617-821-5043 or festival2020@familyopera.org


For the fourteenth consecutive year, North Cambridge Family Opera will present a program of science songs at the Cambridge Science Festival (April 17-26, 2020). Come sing with us about the miracle of sight and the other sensory systems! How do vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch and the vestibular (balance) systems work? How do they develop? How can they go wrong? And how do they differ in other species? Sample topics from our program of about 20 songs include optical illusions, cataracts, and perfect pitch. Listen to this demo of Michael Ching's song about how other animals' vision works: What Do You See, Butterfly? (this was performed by our 2015 Science Festival Chorus).

2020 Vision will include songs by several contemporary composers, including David Haines, who has been featured prominently in many of our previous Science Festival Choruses, plus Michael Ching, Bruce Lazarus, Dan Kallman, and Lauren Mayer; and local composers Molly Ruggles, Tim Maurice, and Ruth Hertzman-Miller. We will also sing a medley composed by Cambridge Public School students under the direction of David Haines, as part of his CPS Songwriting Workshops. The performances will be accompanied by a slideshow of children’s artwork and projected lyrics.

All experience levels are welcome! Rehearsals for everyone go from 6:15 to 7:30, then younger children and their parents may leave. The rehearsal will continue for another 45 minutes (until about 8:15), during which time we will work on some of the more difficult music with anyone who wishes to challenge themselves. Many rehearsals will include a brief, accessible discussion of the science behind the songs. Cutlass Crew participants may also sing in 2020 Vision; rehearsals and performances for the two productions will not conflict.

Click here to listen to / watch our 2019 performance of One Whole Step for Man and to read about the composers and lyricists who wrote the songs.