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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
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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.

2019 Family Opera

Thanks to all those who auditioned for our 2019 OPERA
and our 20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON!

 

Audition information archived HERE

This light-hearted galactic odyssey features non-stop music in a variety of popular and classical styles that will appeal to audiences of all ages. Performed in English by an inter-generational cast.

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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."