Make-Up Rehearsals

Hi all,

As we discussed, we’ll be scheduling a make-up rehearsal or two. The times Carey can make it are

  • Saturday, April 1 10:30am-1pm
  • Monday, April 10 TBD
  • Saturday, April 15 ending by 2:30
  • Saturday, April 29 TBD

This is a bit of an experiment, but I’ve set up a SurveyMonkey survey here to collect and collate everyone’s responses — please fill it out! Or if for any reason it doesn’t work for you, just reply to me.

And please let Joyce know (or again, you can reply to this) whether you’d like to sing in Acton on April 7.

Have a great week!

Warner Free Lecture

From John Chapman, something that HPMers might enjoy:

I am forwarding you an email from Laura Vilain who is writing an article for the Harvard Press on Friday night’s program in Volunteer’s Hall about the opera.  The presenter, Elaine Crane, and her colleagues are accomplished performers with a real gift for making opera accessible to children, as well as people of all ages.  A poster advertising the event is attached.  Fanfare is co-sponsoring the event, and we are hoping that you will encourage your students to attend what will be a fun, inspiring and free event.
John Chapman
Join the Warner Free Lecture Trust and Fanfare as we present:
The ABC’s of Opera
What exactly is opera?  Is it a snobby art form that only elitists can enjoy?  Or is it a version of “pop music” that was written to speak to the heart and entertain people like you and me?  Come and discover some things you never knew about opera, including a little bit of history, a peek behind the scenes, and a glimpse at its cultural relevance today. 
Conductor and lecturer Aldo Fabrizi, soprano Elaine Crane, mezzo-soprano Angela Jajko and pianist Olga Rogach of the Greater Worcester Opera will tell tales, teach you a few things, and give lots of live examples so you’ll go home knowing more about this beautiful and surprisingly accessible art form.
Aldo Fabrizi (conductor, musician, and lecturer) has performed with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Andre Previn, Claudio Scimone, Erich Leinsdorf, Sarah Caldwell, Christopher Hogwood, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne, Shirley Verett, Eva Marton, Alfred Brendel, Lynn Harrell, among many others.  Mr. Fabrizi is also an accomplished mandolinist and the founder of the 3rd String Trio, an ensemble that performs “Old World Café Music” including Italian folk songs his grandfather and father taught him as a child. 
Elaine Crane (soprano) has been called “brilliant, a charming actress, a beautiful voice and a very fine comic actor”.  An honors graduate of the Boston Conservatory, she is the founder and executive director of Greater Worcester Opera. Please visit her website, Soli Deo Gloria.
Angela Jajko (mezzo-soprano) has been praised in The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald for her “peaches and cream” voice and dramatic delivery. She has been honored by the American Prize competition and holds degrees from The New England Conservatory of Music and UCLA.  Visit her at
Olga Rogach (pianist) received a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Russia’s famed St. Petersburg Conservatory. A leading regional piano teacher, Ms. Rogach has a private piano studio and is also a private piano instructor at WPI. She has been heard numerous times on WGBH Radio’s Classics in the Morning and Morning Pro Musica.

No Rehearsal Tonight!

But you probably didn’t need me to tell you that.

For the proposed make-up rehearsal tomorrow, we at least have all the parts covered, so let’s do it! Location needs to be confirmed; I’ll update tomorrow.

Stay warm and safe!

This Week’s Rehearsal

Hi all,

Snowstorms continue to prefer Tuesdays, so things look bleak for our rehearsal tomorrow. If, as seems likely, we have to cancel, one option would be to reschedule for this Wednesday. That will depend on a number of things, not least whether we’ll have enough people.

So! Please respond to this (you can reply to to let me know whether you’d be able and willing to come for a Wednesday rehearsal. And watch for updates!

Hope to see you soon,