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2017 Science Festival Chorus
INVITING adults and children 6 and older to join a chorus
to perform a program of songs about weather and climate
at the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival:
Directed by Laura Backley
|Rehearsals:||Wednesdays, 6:15 to 7:30pm|
|Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave.|
|Cambridge, MA 02140|
|Registration:||at the first two rehearsals on|
|Wednesday, January 25, 6:15pm|
|Wednesday, February 1, 6:15pm|
|Performances:||on the two weekends of school vacation week|
|Saturday April 15 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School|
|Saturday April 22 at 3:00pm at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard|
|Sunday April 23 at 4:00pm at the Museum of Science|
Children ages 6 to 11 require a participating adult
QUESTIONS? Contact Claudette at
617-821-5043 or email@example.com
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Once again, we will be presenting a program of science songs at the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival in April. This year's production will be a series of songs on the theme of weather and climate and covers topics as diverse as rain (including weird weather, like raining frogs!), tornadoes, La Niña and El Niño, the ozone hole (it's getting smaller--yay!), ocean level rise, the original climate change scientists (Fourier, Arrhenius, and Keeling), and the distinctions between weather and climate. For a sample of such a song, watch the "The Ozone Song" ( video of live performance / animation with lyrics ).
Singin' of the Rain 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 Dan Kallman, Bruce Lazarus, and Lauren Mayer; as well as local composers Andrea Gaudette, Ruth Hertzman-Miller, Tim Maurice, first-time locals Molly Ruggles and Stanley Sagov and NCFO's own David Bass! 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 25 and February 1. Weekly rehearsals will continue through April 12, with a Dress Rehearsal scheduled for April 14. 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.
2017 Family Opera
Performances March 25, 26, April 1, 2, 2017
At the Peabody School, Cambridge, MA
Our 2017 Family Opera production will be Springtime for Haman. In this sequel to Cambridge composer David Bass's romantic opera The Coronation of Esther, Queen Esther risks her life to save her cousin Mordechai and the Jewish people from Haman, the vengeful Grand Vizier of Persia. Springtime for Haman is a sensitive and entertaining portrayal of the biblical story in two 50-minute acts and features lyrical music in a variety of popular and classical styles. Presented by an inter-generational cast in English with side titles. See our 2010 performances of Springtime for Haman HERE.