Sunday, November 13, 2022
3:00 P M EST

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New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

Apostolos Paraskevas: “Santiago in the Stream”
Narrator Joe Wilson Jr.
Narration written by Ryan Edwards
S. Barber: Symphony Nº 1
R. Schumann: Symphony Nº 4 Op 120

Apostolos Paraskevas,
Classical Guitarist and Composer

Joe Wilson Jr., NarratorJoe Wilson Jr.,

Prices: $6.00 – $40.00

Program Book

About the Artists

Apostolos Paraskevas
  • Apostolos Paraskevas Classical Guitarist and Composer

    Apostolos Paraskevas is a classical guitarist and composer as well as an award-winning film director and producer. He has received multiple international awards for his compositions and was nominated for a Grammy Award. He is the only guitarist ever to have a major orchestral piece performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Lukas Foss––and the only musician who has performed there in a Grim Reaper outfit. He has made over a dozen recordings of his music and his orchestral music has been performed around the world by numerous symphony orchestras including Albany, Boston Landmarks, Boston University, Newton, National Festival, Atlantic, Odessa, National Greek, Cyprus, Florida International University, Thessaloniki Municipal Symphony orchestras and tonight with the Boston Civic Orchestra. He was the founder and served for 16 years as the artistic director of the International Guitar Congress-Festival of Corfu, Greece. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys).

    After his undergraduate music studies in Volos he pursued advanced studies in classical guitar with Costas Cotsiolis (diploma, 1990) and Leo Brouwer (Havana 1984, 1988), as well as postgraduate studies in composition with Lukas Foss and Theodore Antoniou (DMA in composition, Boston University, 1998). Paraskevas embarked on a successful career as a guitar soloist and contemporary composer, achieving distinctions in both disciplines: Grammy nomination for Chase Dance (Bridge Records, 1999); first prize for Night Wanderings (Lukas Foss Composition Competition, 2000); first prize for Phygein Adynaton (National Composers Conference, 1997); and numerous prestigious commissions, performances, and publications. Following teaching posts at Northeastern and Boston Universities, Paraskevas has taught since 2001 at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (professor of composition and classical guitar). Although he was struck by focal hand dystonia in 2009, he recovered in 2013 after reconstructing his playing technique.

    His eclectic compositional style arises as an idiosyncratic integration of seemingly conflicting influences – from avant-garde approaches to harmonic structure, form, and timbre, to pop-folk modal and rhythmical concepts – amalgamated into a personal evocative musical language, characterized by rhythmic verve, melodic grace, dramatic (and sometimes
    unexpectedly humorous) gestures, and ritualistic or theatrical elements. The latter feature has also led Paraskevas to the creation of films, notably the acclaimed I Finally Did It (Gold award, California Film Awards 2010), dealing wittily with Death, a recurring extra-musical theme in his music.

    Publishers: Hal Leonard (USA), Bèrben (Ancona, Italy), Schott (Germany), Papagrigoriou- Nakas (Athens, Greece), Silver Sickle Productions (USA), Centaur Records, Bridge Records (USA).
    The Groves Dictionary of Music
    Costas Tsougras

Joe Wilson, Jr.
  • Joe Wilson, Jr. Narrator

    Mr. Wilson, Jr. holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, and an MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre training program. He is a Professor of the Practice in Theatre and Dance at Wheaton College, Norton, MA. He has worked On Broadway (2000 Tony Award-nominated production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and 2018 Tony Award-nominated Iceman Cometh starring Denzel Washington), Off Broadway, as well as performing in regional theaters around the country. He has taught acting, art activism, and lectured at the high schools, colleges, universities and at conferences locally and around the country. Wilson is in his 18th season as a member of the Resident Acting Company and Artistic Staff at Trinity Repertory Company, serves as Trinity’s Coordinator of Activism through Performance, and the Founder of Trinity Rep’s Center for Activism and Performance. Joe has recently directed The Inheritance: Parts One and Two in the Fall of 2022, the 2021 production of A Christmas Carol both at Trinity Rep, An Octoroon by Brandon Jacobs Jenkins at the Gamm Theatre in Warwick, RI, and co-directed Black Odyssey by Marcus Gardley in 2018, also at Trinity. He has been honored by the Rhode Island Black Heritage Foundation, and is a Fox Foundation Fellow for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts administered by the Theatre Communications Group, New York City. This year Joe was honored by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities with its’ Public Scholar’ Award. The awards states that, ”Joe Wilson Jr. is a force who uses his skills, his talent, and his passion to enact, concretely, what the humanities can do to change the world. He models on stage, in his writing, in his teaching, and in his support of many organizations what he would like to see in our world today. He is the epitome of the better world we can imagine together and he will continue to use the humanities, the common experiences that link all of us, to pull us forward, with him, toward this better world, the one he has dedicated himself to create.” He received the 2019 Providence NAACP’s Medgar Evers Award for Public Service. Most recently, Joe was inducted into the City of Providence 2020 MLK Hall of Fame for Outstanding Service. Joe had the most fun a few years ago serving as a Grand Marshal for PVD Festival held in Providence every June. Last year, Joe was proud to be featured in the Rhode Island PBS Documentary: Black Joy. Finally, Joe is most proud to be the father of his 10 month old fur baby named Sally.

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

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

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.  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?
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