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The New England Philharmonic, Orchestra in Residence at Simmons, to Perform May 5

Concert will Feature Simmons College Concert Choir

(March 30, 2012) -- The New England Philharmonic, the official orchestra in residence at Simmons, presents its Simmons College Concert on Saturday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m. at Boston University's Tsai Performance Center. The performance will include the Simmons College Concert Choir (Danica A. Buckley, director) performing "The Death of Ophelia," by Hector Berlioz. Simmons students, faculty, and staff may use their Simmons identification cards for free admission to this and all Philharmonic concerts. Alumnae/i may purchase tickets by phone (617-353-8725), in person at the concert (the box office opens one hour before the performance), or on line using PayPal.

Simmons is the only college in the area with a professional resident orchestra. The partnership between the College and the New England Philharmonic (NEP) began in 1997. The NEP rehearses on campus weekly, offers workshops and master classes, holds open rehearsals, and collaborates in performance with the Simmons College Concert Choir and other members of the College community.

In addition to "The Death of Ophelia" by Berlioz, the program for the May 5 concert sponsored by Simmons will include:

Donald Harris | A Lyric Fanfare (first Boston performance)
Jacques Offenbach | Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann
Andy Vores | An Other I | Danielle Maddon, violin soloist
David Rakowski | Winged Contraption
Maurice Ravel | Daphnis and Chloe Suite no. 2

On March 3, the NEP performed Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" in Boston at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and on March 4 they performed in Providence at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. This work – for orchestra, choruses, and soloists – is an eloquent meditation on the sacrifices of war and the universal longing for peace. Collaborating in the performance were Chorus pro Musica, the Providence Singers, and the Boston Children's Chorus, with soloists Sarah Pelletier, Frank Kelley, and Sumner Thompson. Both performances were reviewed very positively.


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