Sunday, May 12, 2024
3:00 PM EST

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The Boston Civic Symphony Spring Appeal

Spring Appeal

The Civic’s ninety-ninth season is coming to a close on May 12. What a fabulous season it has been! Our final concert will include String quartet No. 1 in G Major by Florence Price,  Azul by Golijov,  featuring Cello Soloist Allison Eldridge, and Pines of Rome by Respighi.

In addition to performing fantastic music featuring fabulous soloists, this year we have been successful in extending our outreach both locally and world-wide. Our classical concerts have been live-streamed free of charge. We have also offered complimentary tickets to more community organizations as well as students throughout greater Boston.

As we look forward to our one hundredth season, we need your help more than ever to continue our mission. Please consider making a donation to our spring appeal.

Your charitable gift to the Civic enables us to:
$5,000 – Provide funding for our guest artists for the year
$2,500 – Support our music rentals for the season
$1,000 – Support our instrument rental fees for one concert
$500 – Help support our audio recording fees for one performance
$250 – Underwrite our paid advertising for one concert
$100 – Provide funding for our concert poster outside Jordan Hall
$50 – Cover the cost of copying parts for one performance

No donation is too small! Every contributor will have their name listed on the donor page of our May 12 concert program and be acknowledged in a Constant Contact e-mail.

For larger gifts, you may receive additional benefits, including an afternoon or evening with Music Director Francisco Noya, sponsorship of either a soloist or a piece, or an invitation to one of our post-concert receptions.

How to Contribute

Or By Check Payable to:

Boston Civic Symphony
P.O. Box 1082
Brookline, MA 02446

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About the Artists

Allison Eldredge
  • Allison Eldredge
    Allison Eldredge Cello Soloist

    Cellist Allison Eldredge, a recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and Musical America’s “Young Artist of the Year”, has played widely nationally and internationally, from London to Moscow to China and Berlin. She has been called “a cellist afraid of nothing” (Chicago Times) with “virtuosity wholly at the service of the music” (American Fanfare). She gained national attention when Daniel Barenboim invited her to give the first performance of the Elgar concerto which he conducted years after the death of his wife, the celebrated cellist Jacqueline Du Pre.

    Internationally, Ms. Eldredge has played with 30 major and innumerable other orchestras including the Montreal Symphony, Moscow Virtuosi, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Warsaw Philharmonic, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra and in Asia, Ms. Eldredge has appeared with the China National Symphony, Yomiuri Symphony, Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic.

    Ms. Eldredge has been invited by the premiere Music Directors of the world including Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Krzyzstof Penderecki, Japan Van Sweden, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Spivakov, Evgeni Svetlanov, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Commissiona, Joseph Silverstein, Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, Eiji Oue, Mark Elder, Jorge Mester and Otto-Werner Mueller among many others. In recital, she has toured the world, receiving critical acclaim in London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, and other cities.

    As a teacher, Ms. Eldredge has taught the next generation for the past 25 years. She has been teaching cello and chamber music of all levels from beginners to competition winners at New England Conservatory since 2000. She has taught at Harvard University from 2008-11. Her students have been accepted at every major University and Every Ivy League school as well as the top conservatories in the nation and internationally including the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute of Music at John Hopkins University, Eastman, Mannes, Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Royal College of Music (U. K. ), Royal Academy of Music (U.K.), Royal Northern College of Music (U.K.), Boston Conservatory at Berklee and many others. Ms. Eldredge has given masterclasses at Universities and Schools across the country and has visited more than 100 schools in support of music education in communities with greater needs.

    Ms. Eldredge teaches chamber music at Young Talent Chamber Music, a 2-week Pro-Am intensive camp in Connecticut, which she Co-Founded in 2014. She has taught cello and chamber music at summer music festivals over the past 30 years. As a chamber musician, Ms. Eldredge has shared the stage with renowned Artists such as Andre Previn, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Marc ‘O Connor, Jaap Van Sweden, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Cho-Liang Lin, Chee-Yun, Max Levinson, Yekwon Sunwoo and many others. She was a member of the Boston Trio from 2001-2011. She has been a guest artist of Bay Chamber Music Festival, the San Juan Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia, Casals, Caramoor, Santa Fe, Rockport Chamber, Borromeo, Salt Bay, Waterloo, Colmar Festival (France), Davos Festival (Switzerland), Dvorak Festival in Prague, Gyeonggi Spring and Seoul Arts Festival in South Korea and others.

    Exceptional distinctions include a critically-acclaimed sold-out debut as soloist at Carnegie Hall with the Warsaw Sinfonia and legendary Polish Composer Krzysztof Penderecki at the baton, a command performance at the White House and a special performance in tribute to cellist Pablo Casals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.

    Last season, Ms. Eldredge performed “Tales of Hemingway”, a concerto for cello and orchestra composed in 2015 by the American composer Michael Daugherty, inspired by the writings of American writer Ernest Hemingway with the Portland-Columbia Symphony, the Arkansas Philharmonic and the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Music Director, Steven Byess.

    A champion of living composers, Ms. Eldredge has toured North America, Europe and Israel with composer Krzysztof Penderecki performing his Viola Concerto transcribed for cello and orchestra. In 2013, she performed his Concerto Grosso No. 1 for 3 Cellos as first cellist with the composer at the podium in Poland. In New York in 2008, she performed in an acclaimed concert celebrating American composer Paul Schoenfield’s works with the composer present. She has personally collaborated with composers Leon Kirchner, Shigeaki Saegusa, Lukas Foss, Marc O’ Connor, Andy Vores and performed the works of many other living composers including Joan Tower, Bright Sheng, George Crumb and Ellen Taaffe Zwillich.

    Ms. Eldredge’s radio and television credits include appearances on New York’s WQXR, Boston’s WGBH, VPR, NPR, Japan’s NHK-National Television and Radio, ABC’s Good Morning America, PBS with Florence Hendersen and a documentary in which she appeared with Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma for Japanese television.

    A passionate leader of music education, in 2011, Ms. Eldredge Founded the Foulger International Music Festival, a 4-week summer music camp in New Jersey promoting performance and career development for young musicians supported by the Sid and Mary Foulger Family Foundation. She also served as Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont from 2004-2011.

    Ms. Eldredge maintains a private teaching studio in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She studied at the Juilliard School and the Pre-College Juilliard School. Her teachers were Harvey Shapiro, Eleanore Schoenfeld and Yo Yo Ma. Additional teachers have included Felix Galimir, Ardyth Alton, Joan Lunde and Mstislav Rostropovich.

    Educated at the Juilliard School; cello studies with Harvey Shapiro, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Ardyth Alton, Channing Robbins; chamber music with Felix Galimir and Lewis Kaplan; soloist with major orchestras throughout the world, including New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Moscow Virtuosi, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields; Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the Warsaw Sinfonia; winner, Avery Fisher Career Grant; cellist in the Boston Trio; chamber music performances with Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Andre Previn; masterclasses given at USC, Boston University, Brigham Young University, University of Kansas.

Francisco Noya
  • 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
  • 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

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 of recording and livestreaming, click the “Donate” button. Thank you for your support!

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, the concert will be available 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.

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