Sunday, April 30, 2023
3:00 PM EST
This LIVESTREAM is provided for FREE. Please consider making a donation to help us cover the costs of staging this concert. Thank you.
About the Artists
Bruce Brubaker Piano Soloist
In live performances from the Hollywood Bowl to New York’s David Geffen Hall, from Beijing to the Barbican in London, and in recordings for ECM, InFiné, Arabesque, and Bedroom Community — Bruce Brubaker is a visionary virtuoso and an artistic provocateur. Bruce Brubaker has performed Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with Philip Glass on the BBC. Profiled on NBC’s Today show, Brubaker’s playing, writing, and collaborations continue to show a shining, and sometimes surprising future for pianists and piano playing. His blog “PianoMorphosis” appears at ArtsJournal.com.
Brubaker was presented by Carnegie Hall in New York, at France’s International Piano Festival at La Roque d’Anthéron, at Michigan’s Gilmore Festival, Barcelona’s Sonar festival, at the Philharmonie de Paris, and at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, as opening-night performer in the museum’s Diller Scofidio + Renfro building. He is a frequent performer at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge, and at Folle Journée in Nantes.
Bruce Brubaker is featured on Nico Muhly’s album Drones (Bedroom Community). Along with pianist Ursula Oppens, Brubaker made Piano Songs, a recording of Meredith Monk’s piano music, including four new transcriptions by Brubaker, released by ECM. His recording of solo piano music by Philip Glass (Glass Piano) for InFiné (Warp Records) was remixed by six artists on Glass Piano: Versions.
Brubaker’s albums for Arabesque include Time Curve, Hope Street Tunnel Blues, Inner Cities (including a live recording of John Adams’s Phrygian Gates and his transcription of part of Adams’s opera Nixon in China), and the first album in the series, glass cage.
Brubaker has premiered works by Glass, Meredith Monk, Nico Muhly, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Oliver Lake, Simon Hanes, and John Cage. He performed at Sanders Theater in collaboration with Cage during the composer’s tenure as Charles Eliot Norton Lecturer at Harvard University.
Following his New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Brubaker was awarded a solo artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was named “Young Musician of the Year” by Musical America. His London debut at the Wigmore Hall led to his first broadcast concert on the BBC, an all-Brahms recital. Brubaker has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Tanglewood, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, London’s Barbican, BOZAR in Brussels, Antwerp’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Finland’s Kuhmo Festival, and the Sónar festival in Barcelona..
Brubaker has given masterclasses and forums at the Juilliard School, the Royal College of Music in London, Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Harvard University, Columbia University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Leipzig’s Hochschüle für Musik, the École Normale in Paris, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Brubaker’s articles about music have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Piano Quarterly, Perspectives of New Music, Dutch Journal of Music Theory, and Chamber Music magazine. Brubaker’s performance piece Haydnseek was created together with Nico Muhly.
Brubaker trained at the Juilliard School, where he received the school’s highest award, the Edward Steuermann Prize, upon graduation. At Juilliard, where he taught for nine years, he has appeared in public conversations with Philip Glass, Milton Babbitt, and Meredith Monk. He is now a member of the faculty and Curator of Piano Programming at New England Conservatory.
Francisco Noya Conductor
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.
Ken Yanagisawa Assistant Conductor
Japanese-American conductor Ken Yanagisawa is the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting at Boston University under the guidance of James Burton. He will be making his Japanese debut as a guest conductor for a production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Kansai Nikikai and the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Japan in February 2023, and most recently served as assistant conductor for the BU Opera Institute productions of Ned Rorem’s Our Town and Mozart’s Così fan tutte as well as for the BU Symphony Orchestra & Symphonic Chorus performance of Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem at Boston Symphony Hall.
Previously, Ken completed a research residency at the Kyoto City University of Arts and received a Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Conducting from the Manhattan School of Music. While a student at MSM, he was selected to participate in the Manhattan School of Music / Leonard Slatkin Conductors Project and was subsequently invited to work with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a Conducting Fellow in March 2020. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University where he received the Joseph Lentilhon Selden Memorial Award and the Stanton Wheeler Award, and prior to Yale he attended the New England Conservatory as an Undergraduate Diploma candidate for Oboe Performance under the tutelage of John Ferrillo.
FAQ About the Live Stream
Where can I watch the performance?
You will be able to watch it LIVE on this page on Sunday, November 13 at 3:00PM EST. If for some reason you are having trouble seeing the LIVESTREAM here please visit our YouTube Live Stream Channel at the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zLtJ0-s2ko
Is the performance really live?
Yes! There may be pre-recorded messages and videos prior to 3:00 p.m. EST. At that time, we go live.
Will there be a live chat during the performance?
We will have a live chat during the performance. You will also have the ability to donate via the live chat by clicking on the $ icon.
Great! What is a live chat?
Viewers will have an opportunity to ask questions and post comments about the concert in real time. In order to do so, you will need a YouTube account. If you don’t have one, you may set one up prior to the concert using a Gmail address. We will have a moderator from the orchestra answering questions and fielding comments.
How much are tickets?
The concert is free online. If you would like to make a donation to help cover our
costs, there will be a “Donate” button on our web site. All donations will be
acknowledged in an upcoming Constant Contact e-mail that will also be posted
on our Facebook page. Anyone donating $250 or more will receive a Boston Civic Symphony mask.
How long is the concert?
The performance will last approximately seventy-five minutes – about an hour
less than most Avengers movies and five hours less than a Super Bowl
Is there an intermission?
There will be no intermission, so stock up on your favorite “classical music
snacks” prior to 3:00.
What happens if there are technical difficulties?
Earthquakes during the World Series? A blackout during the Super Bowl? Yeah, it could happen to us too. If we experience technical problems, a notice will be posted on our Facebook page. Hopefully we will have a back-up system that will enable us to post the concert on our YouTube channel at a later date.
Can I applaud after each piece?
Yes! Unfortunately our musicians won’t be able to see or hear you, but express
your enjoyment by post your comments on the Live Chat and on our Facebook and our YouTube page later.
Oh no! I missed the concert or I won’t be able to make it. Is there going to be a recording of the concert?
Yes. Just as any uploaded YouTube video. It will be made available on this page and on our YouTube Channel after the concert is over.
I missed the start of the concert. Can I watch from the beginning?
Yes. You will have the ability during the Live Stream to rewind from the beginning. However, if you want to send a live chat response it may not be in real time.
I have other questions. Who can I contact?
Send your questions to Michele Mortensen, Executive Director, at