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NEMPAC American Music Concert “I have a Dream….” January 16th, 2015

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The North End Performing Arts Winter Concert Series presents a special American Music concert, ‘I have a Dream…’, in celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. This concert will celebrate the multiple dimensions of American identity through a musical look at different aspects of the American dream. It will showcase five American composers born between 1910 and 1960 who have made significant contributions to twentieth-century American music.

This one-hour tribute concert will take the listener on a journey that moves from German Romanticism into American modernity with Samuel Barber’s Cello Sonata, and continues through the deeply moving voices of three American poets in Richard Pearson Thomas’ tribute to 9/11, “Race for the Sky” for soprano, violin and piano.

The godfather of American twentieth century music, Elliott Carter, continued to evolve his vision of the American dream through his 1948 pinnacle work, the Cello Sonata, of which select movements will be heard. A celebratory and profound selection of African American songs from Leslie Adams and Jean Berger, with poetry by Langston Hughes, round out the program for the evening, which promises to be a special, timely concert with which to begin the New Year.

NEMPAC is especially thrilled to have Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova serving as the Artistic Director of this special concert on January 16th. Dr. Ivanova joined NEMPAC’s team of artistic staff in October 2014, just in time for their fourth Winter Concert Series season in the North End. “We are very excited to have her on-board with us. This upcoming concert will give our North End community a taste of the exceptional chamber music programs that are in NEMPAC’s future. Christina has the ability to creative intriguing programs that are paired with the perfect repertoire, therefore making music relatable and attractive to new audience members today.” – NEMPAC Executive Director, Sherri Snow

NEMPAC Concert Series Artistic DirectorDescribed as “a perfect partner” by Klassik Newsletter Berlin and “a brilliant collaborative pianist” by Wiener Zeitung (Vienna), Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova is a pianist, chamber musician, opera and lieder coach, and orchestral pianist based in Boston. Her performances have spanned throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Taiwan and China.

Dr. Wright is currently a Staff Pianist with Boston University, Pianist Coach for Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and formerly a coach at the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Salzburg and the Handel & Haydn Society. She will join the Tanglewood Institute Faculty as a Vocal Coach in 2015.

The “American Music Concert – I Have a Dream” with feature performers: Kristin Young, soprano; Stephen Marotto, cello; Jessica Nicolet, soprano; Sarah Ryu, violin (*NEMPAC faculty); Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano. The concert will be held at the North Bennet Street School Performance Space, 2nd Floor at 150 North Street, North End of Boston on Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Advanced purchase tickets are now available online at Tickets will also be available at the door for: $20 Adults, $15 Students, $5 NEMPAC Students under the age of 18.

Questions please contact NEMPAC at 617-227-2270 or visit our website,

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