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MetroWest Choral Artists presents L’Amico Fritz, February 17, 2017

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MetroWest Choral Artists presents L’Amico Fritz, an opera by Pietro Mascagni, February 17 at St Andrew’s Church, 79 Denton Rd, Wellesley, MA. Performance begins at 7:30. Leonardo Ciampa directs. Performed in concert version with piano accompaniment. Sung in Italian. Tickets are $15 for general admission. Tickets are available at www.metrowestchoralartists.com, or at the door.

Just as a wealthy landowner makes a wager that he will never marry, he meets a peasant girl he can’t resist. Will he make good on his bet, or give in to the longings of his heart? Mascagni’s lyric masterpiece tells this pastoral love story with unforgettable music, including the renowned Cherry Duet. MetroWest Choral Artist’s one-night-only production features Salvatore Atti as Fritz and Katherin Kneisley as Suzel.

Born in 1971, composer/pianist/organist Leonardo Ciampa is acknowledged as a musician of supreme gifts and extraordinary versatility.

Ciampa is artistic director of organ concerts at MIT. He is also founding director of MetroWest Choral Artists (metrowestchoralartists.org), an all-professional choir. In 2015 he was named Honorary Music Director (Maestro di Cappella Onorario) of the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo in Gubbio (Umbria) by the Bishop of Gubbio, Mario Ceccobelli.

As an organ recitalist, Ciampa has made ten European tours encompassing Italy, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. He is particularly admired in Italy, where he has played in numerous international festivals (Festival Perosiano, Festival Biellese, Organi Storici della Valsesia, Le Voci della Città, etc.).

Ciampa’s compositions (which are considered “Neoromantic”) include Suite Siciliana, Op. 145 (for two violins, piano and orchestra), commissioned by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston to open their 25th anniversary season; The Annunciation, Op. 203 (cantata for chorus, soloists, and strings); the Kresge Organ Symphony, commissioned by MIT and premiered in Kresge Auditorium; a piano quintet (premiered by the Lavazza Chamber Ensemble); and Missa Pamphyliana, premiered at the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo in Gubbio by the Cantores Beati Ubaldi (Renzo Menichetti, conductor).

As a pianist, Ciampa is particularly admired for his interpretations of Chopin, whose 200th birthday he commemorated in 2010 with six recitals at First Church in Boston.

An avid writer, Ciampa has written several books, including The Twilight of Belcanto, Don Lorenzo Perosi (the first English-language biography of that composer), and, most recently, Gigli (the first book on the great tenor in English in 56 years).

MetroWest Choral Artists (MWCA) is an all-professional choral ensemble, based in the Natick/Wellesley area. MWCA presents the very best in music, from the Renaissance to the present day.

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Century Bank’s Wellesley Branch Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Took Place On January 19

Century Bank’s Wellesley Branch Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on January 19, 2017. The ribbon, comprised of $1,000, was donated to Babson College. For more information, please visit CenturyBank.com.

 

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From left to right: Barbara J. Sloane; State Senator Richard Ross; Jack Morgan, Wellesley Board of Selectman; State Representative Alice Peisch; Linda Sloane Kay, Executive Vice President of Century Bank; Marshall M. Sloane, Founder and Chairman of Century Bank; Jonathan Kay; Kerry Healey, President of Babson College; Candace Lapidus Sloane, M.D., Commonwealth of Massachusetts Chair of the Board of Registration in Medicine; Barry R. Sloane, President and CEO of Century Bank; Russell B. Higley, Esq., Century Bank Board Member; Joseph J. Senna, Esq., Century Bank Board Member; and George R. Baldwin, Century Bank Board Member.

 

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Kerry Healey, President of Babson College and Linda Sloane Kay, Executive Vice President of Century Bank

 

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Barry R. Sloane, President and CEO of Century Bank , Marshall M. Sloane, Founder and Chairman of Century Bank and Linda Sloane Kay, Executive Vice President of Century Bank accepting a State Senate Official Citation from State Senator Richard Ross.

 

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Nai Nan Ko, Junior and Nai Nan Ko, Owners of Wellesley Toyota greeted by Barry R. Sloane, President and CEO of Century Bank.

 

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Kristina Dilone and Akram Jalali, Customer Service Representative and Head Teller of Century Bank in Wellesley.

 

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Linda Sloane Kay, Executive Vice President of Century Bank Cherita Hansel

 

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Josh Jick, Government Banking Officer of Century Bank and Richard Levin of Richard Levin & Associates.

 

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Joseph J. Senna, Esq., Century Bank Board Member; Jim Flynn, Senior Vice President of Century Bank and Steve Delinsky, Century Bank Board Member

   Photos by Bill Brett.

Plugged In Spring Session Registration is Open

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Registration for the spring session of the Plugged In Band Program is open. Spring session classes begin the week of February 27. The registration deadline is February 20. Band classes meet once per week for 1 1/2 hours and are offered seven days per week. New students must schedule a placement meeting before February 20. To schedule a placement meeting for the spring session, please email sandra@pluggedinband.org or call 781-956-4281. For more information and/or to register online, please visit www.pluggedinband.org.

The Plugged In Band Program is a non-profit rock band program in Needham teaching kids about using music to help others. In addition to ensemble band classes, private lessons, songwriting workshops, summer camp and community performances, five times a year students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians of all levels and needs feel a sense of belonging, have an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world. In the loving and non-competitive environment at Plugged In, all differences are transcended through a shared passion for music, the teamwork involved with using music to help others and an atmosphere of compassion and fun.

Registration for private lessons is ongoing and can be done online at http://www.pluggedinband.org/programs/private-lessons/.

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