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Wellesley Theatre Project Presents Spring Awakening March 24th – April 2nd

Photo 1Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) will present the Tony Award winning rock musical, Spring Awakening, Friday, March 24, Saturday March 25, Sunday March 26, Saturday April 1, and Sunday April 2. WTP will mount this fully staged work in a “blackbox theater” setting within a temporarily transformed Wellesley Community Center located at 219 Washington Street Wellesley Hills, MA. Tickets may be purchased online. Tickets in advance are $18 for adults/ $12 for students and seniors, or if purchased at the door $20 for adults/ $15 for students and seniors.

When Spring Awakening debuted on Broadway in 2006 it took home eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Told by Grammy award winner Duncan Sheik and author and lyricist Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade,” Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The powerful story and angsty score follows a group of late nineteenth century German students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion.

Photo 2The work has clear relevance in today’s world since it depicts the classic struggles teens face as they traverse the rocky path through adolescence. It also highlights the critical need for open communication, understanding, and support from the adults within a society. Director Ben Rush says, “Working with the students on this challenging material has been really exciting. Every single actor has risen to the occasion and brought lots of thought and care to the production. Sadly, the lessons to be learned in this timeless tale resonate today just as much as it did when the original play premiered in 1906. We are honored to bring it to our community.”

Photo 3Spring Awakening includes mature content, subject matter and strong language and it may not be suitable for younger audiences. Parental discretion is advised. WTP will hold a talk back discussion with the cast and artistic team immediately following the productions on March 24th and April 1st.

Wellesley Theatre Project is an arts academy and a Wellesley nonprofit devoted to providing students (PreK – 12th Grade) with the opportunity to study and experience theatre and performing arts through year round classes, staged productions, workshops and summer camps. Registration is open for WTP’s summer production camps and classes including Disney’s The Lion King Experience, Jr., Peter Pan, Jr. and Chicago.

For more information about Spring Awakening or classes and productions, please visit our website or call 781- 235-1550.

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Wellesley Chamber Players Presenting Concert on Sunday, March 5

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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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