Sunday, October 25, 2020
3:00 P M 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
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.
Nathaniel Efthimiou Assistant Conductor
Nathaniel Efthimiou is the founding Music Director of Orchestra Contempo, the Assistant Conductor of Boston Civic Symphony, and the Assistant Director of Music at Park Street Church in downtown Boston. He recently completed doctoral conducting studies at Boston University under the guidance of Bramwell Tovey.
In 2015, Nathaniel was awarded the James Conlon Conducting Prize at the Aspen Conducting Academy, where he studied with prominent teachers such as Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, and Hugh Wolff. His recording of Strauss’s Don Juan with the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra has been featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today. He has conducted orchestras such as the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra and the Aspen Festival Orchestra and has covered the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. In 2017, he completed an Artistic Administration internship with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra where he assisted newly appointed principal conductor, Robert Moody, and served as a member of the symphony’s artistic team. While in Memphis, he started an orchestra program at Westminster Academy – conducting the orchestra and teaching private lessons.
In the pit, Nathaniel has assisted opera productions ranging from Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. As a student at Boston University, he had the privilege of conducting contemporary operas as a part of BU’s Fringe Festival, which have included works such as Tom Cipullo’s provocative operetta, After Life, with the BU Opera Institute. In collaboration with the Boston University Center or New Music, Nathaniel has rehearsed works by both guest faculty and student composers.
In a partnership with Chester Music, he is currently involved in the publication of newly edited and typeset editions of select works by British composer, Elizabeth Maconchy. He currently resides in Boston, MA with his wife and son.
FAQ About the Live Stream
Where can I watch the performance?
You will be able to watch it LIVE on this page on Sunday, October 25 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://youtu.be/YKpjQhDjn20.
Is the performance really live?
Yes! There will 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.
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. 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