Celebrate the season with Francisco Noya and the Civic as we bring you the most family-friendly holiday pops in New England. Violinist Tara Novak will perform holiday favorites along with special guest, Ciarán Nagle of the Three Irish Tenors.
Francisco Noya is a prominent figure in the Boston and New England music scene, where he has earned a reputation as a versatile interpreter of symphonic and operatic literature. He served as music director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston and Symphony by the Sea in Manchester. Mr. Noya currently serves as resident conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, where he represents the Philharmonic artistically and educationally throughout the Rhode Island community. He is also the music director of the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Newton, MA.
Noya is also a respected member of the conducting faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In the fall of 2008, he began his tenure as music director of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, where he is actively engaged in the exploration of cutting-edge orchestral repertoire.
Noya began his professional career in his native Venezuela, as conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Valencia, one of the original ensembles of “El Sistema.” After earning advanced degrees in composition and conducting from Boston University, Noya was appointed to serve as assistant conductor of the Caracas Philharmonic and assistant to the music director of the Teatro Teresa Carreño, one of the most prestigious theaters in Latin America. Noya continued his conducting career in the United States by serving as music director of the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Albany, New York for ten seasons. During his tenure, he led the group on two European tours as well as in concerts at both Carnegie Hall in New York City and in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.
In the U.S., Noya has appeared as guest conductor of the Boston Pops, Baltimore, Nashville, San Antonio, and Omaha Symphony Orchestras, and the Cape Cod Symphony, among others. In addition, he has performed internationally with orchestras in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and Russia. In Venezuela, Noya has collaborated with “El Sistema,” teaching Master Classes and conducting orchestral performances throughout the country. For the past three seasons, Noya has been a guest conductor with the Orquesta Académica of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
Noya currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island. When he is not on the podium, he can frequently be spotted on the tennis courts at Roger Williams Park.
Ciarán Nagle’s first real interest in singing began when he was ten, when he played the lead role in a school production of The Gypsy Baron. From that moment, singing and music have always been his passion. Ciarán trained in the College of Music Dublin and in the Royal Academy of Music Dublin. He became a member of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, singing with them until 1998. Under the baton of Robert Shaw, he performed at NY’s Carnegie Ha
ll in productions of Haydn’s “Creation” and “Seasons.” Ciarán has worked extensively with Opera Ireland, appearing in numerous productions, including: La Cenerentola, Faust, The Magic Flute, La Boheme, MacBeth, Falstaff, and The Tales of Hoffman. A keen fan of musical theatre and operetta, Ciarán has performed such roles as “Gaylord Ravenal” in Showboat, “Ralph” in HMS Pinafore, “Cascada” in The Merry Widow, and “Tony” in WestSide Story.
This led to Ciarán’s appointment in 1998 as the lead male singer of Riverdance, with whom he toured for two years across Europe and Japan. Upon returning to Dublin, he became a founding member of the Three Irish Tenors, which has gone on to win huge national and international success.
Known affectionately as “The Anthem Man,” Ciarán has sung the Irish National Anthem for both the Hurling and Gaelic Football All Ireland Finals in Croke Park to capacity crowds in excess of eighty thousand. He also sang the National Anthem at several world cup qualifiers in Landsdowne Road to crowds of more than fifty thousand people. In 2005, Ciarán sang the “Rose of Tralee” at the final presentation of the globally renowned pageant by the same name, and he has had the privilege of singing the American National Anthem at the invitation of the Pittsburg Steelers in the Heinz Field Stadium. At the 2002 Fourth of July Celebrations in Dublin, he performed with Neil Diamond, singing both the American and Irish National Anthems.
Ciarán is also the producer (and a performer) of Druid – A Musical Journey – Which has tours in the US and Europe.
His latest show, Nollaig: An Irish Christmas – is a unique and personal show where he performs with some of the world’s most renowned musicians and Irish dancers and with his life partner Tara Novak (Violin and Voice). Nollaig: An Irish Christmas premiered in the US in December of 2011, to huge critical acclaim.
Tara NovakViolin Soloist
Although trained classically at the UMKC Conservatory, violinist, vocalist and composer/arranger Tara Novak has devoted the past 15 years of her life to studying music of many genres, specializing in Irish traditional music, jazz, musical theatre, and classical crossover.
Since 2007, Tara has been dividing her time between Ireland and the USA, completing a degree in orchestration and jazz performance at Berklee College of Music in between tours. She works extensively as a soloist, touring China for three months in 2015 as solo violinist for Heartbeat of Home, the new show from the producers of Riverdance. In 2013, she performed the Boston premiere of Bill Whelan’s double concerto Inishlacken with fiddler Zoe Conway. She is the guest soloist with both the Three Irish Tenors and Druid, as well as music-directing and leading her own shows, Ishna and Nollaig: An Irish Christmas, and has toured throughout Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and Asia.
When not on the road, Tara can frequently be found playing for Broadway musicals: recent credits include If/Then, TheSound of Music, Beauty & The Beast, Newsies, Motown the Musical, Finding Neverland, and The Lion King. She considers herself lucky to have shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest artists: Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, il Divo, Bill Bailey, Mannheim Steamroller, and more.
In addition to her busy performance schedule, Tara is also an active educator, recording artist, composer, and consultant – and an avid foodie in any time off she can find!
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Founded in 1924 by the late educator, conductor and composer, Joseph Wagner, the Boston Civic Symphony is the second oldest symphony orchestra in the city. As one of Boston’s most respected musical organizations, the Civic has distinguished itself from other local musical groups through its focus on presenting an unusually broad range of music performed by exceptionally skilled students and amateurs, and through its emphasis on developing a broad-based audience.
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