Sunday, October 31, 2021
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
Charles Overton Harp
Charles Overton is a Boston-based harpist and performer of classical, jazz and world music. He began his harp studies at the age of ten under the direction of Lynelle Ediger, where as a member of her “American Youth Harp Ensemble” he was afforded the opportunity at an early age to perform internationally in notable venues such as the Salle Gaveaux in Paris and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. In 2009 Charles went on to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy to further his musical development under the direction of Joan Raeburn Holland during which time he was a prizewinner in the Young Artist Harp Competition and was twice a finalist for the Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Competition.
In 2012 Charles moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music, where while continuing to study classical music under the direction of BSO principal harpist, Jessica Zhou, he also began to explore the world of jazz and other improvised musics more seriously. During his time at Berklee, he competed in the 2013 American Harp Society National Competition where he was a finalist, and became the first harp student to be admitted to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute – a prestigious and highly specialized program at the school in which students are able to learn from and work intimately with master jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, and Terri-Lynn Carrington.
Over the course of his musical career, Charles has attended several summer music festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and the Castleton Festival where he has performed under the batons of conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Jun Markl, Stefan Asbury, and the late Lorin Maazel. Additionally he has performed with various ensembles in some of the world’s greatest concert halls including Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston’s Symphony Hall and the KKL Luzern Concert Hall.
Currently, Charles resides in Boston where he maintains an active performance schedule as a performer of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Recent engagements include an appearance at Scullers Jazz Club with his jazz ensemble: the Charles Overton Group, regular performances with the Boston Philharmonic, an appearance as a featured artist at the Dutch Harp Festival in concert with the Dutch National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as a performance tour of Spain performing Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with Benjamin Zander’s Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Mexican-American pianist Laura Villafranca is an active soloist and chamber musician. After playing her debut with the Mexico City Chamber Orchestra at the age of thirteen, she won a scholarship to continue her musical studies at Interlochen Arts Academy in the United States of America. Ten years later she won the Silver Medal at Mexico’s National Piano Competition “Angélica Morales-Yamaha” where she was also given the prize for best Bach interpretation. Other awards include first prize at The Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition, Honorable Mention in the Corpus Christi International Competition and the A.R.T.S Competition where she was selected for the Who’s Who Among American High School Students, the Oberlin Conservatory’s Dean’s Scholarship, the Wilfred Churchill Competition and the Benjamin Kasser scholarship which earned her full tuition at The Boston Conservatory.
Ms. Villafranca has performed with the Mexican National Symphony Orchestra at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Querétaro Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mexico City Chamber Orchestra, The Boston Conservatory Orchestra in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre and the Sinfonia Perusina in Italy. Recent appearances include chamber recitals at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, live broadcasted performances in Mexican classical music stations Radio IMER and Radio UNAM.
Laura Villafranca studied with Michael Lewin, Angela Cheng, Stephen Perry, Victoria Mushkatkol and Benjamin Valdes Aguilar.
For further information visit: www.lauravillafranca.
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.
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 31 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/zpHCsUW26pI.
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