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The North End Music and Performing Arts Center’s 2016-2017 Concert Series will return to the intimate Bijou de la Vida Gallery in the North End for their final event, titled Embracing the Ethereal: A Musical Journey of French and Minimalist Works, on Friday, March 24th 2017 at 7:00 p.m. A Gallery Reception will be held prior to the concert program at 6:00 p.m. The Bijou de la Vida Gallery is a private art gallery featuring an extensive collection of contemporary art, an inspiring setting for musical performance in the heart of the North End.

Bijou de la Vida Gallery – NEMPAC January Concert Series Event (Photo by Matt Conti)

The program will focus on temporal and spatial elements of French and Minimalist music, highlighting themes of Mysticism and the Spiritual elements of music. Consisting of chamber music, the performance will include the fresh and intricate Three Pieces for cello and piano by Nadia Boulanger, the lyrical Lied for cello by Vincent d’Indy, Jolivet’s powerful Chant de Linos, and Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Violin and Piano. This French program will be peppered with minimalist works such as John Adams’ ‘China Gates’ for solo piano, which will encourage an evening of contemplation on time and space in music. Featuring Egle Jarkova, violin; Orlando Cela, flute; Yumi Bae, cello and Artistic Director Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano, the program will also include works by Olivier Messiaen and Gabriel Faure.

A wine and appetizer reception featuring French inspired hors d’oeuvres catered by Manda & Me will begin at 6:00 p.m, during which concert guests will have the opportunity to mingle and to explore the gallery. The concert program will begin at 7:00 p.m, with a chance to meet the artists following the performance. Bijou de la Vida Gallery is located at 390 Commercial Street in the North End. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.nempacboston.org/tickets or call 617.227.2270.

Where: Bijou de la Vida Gallery, 390 Commercial Street, Boston, MA
When:  January 11th, 2017
Time:   6:00 p.m. – Gallery Reception | 7:00 p.m. Concert Program
Tickets: $35 – visit www.nempacboston.org/tickets

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