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Wellesley Theatre Project Presents Miscast: A Musical Cabaret April 29th-30th at the WTP West Studio


Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) will
present MISCAST: A Musical Cabaret on Saturday April 29th at 5pm and Sunday April 30th at
2pm and 5pm, featuring students from the audition-only touring group, IMPACT! Admission is
$15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The cabaret will take place at the WTP studio,
located at 98R Central St. in Wellesley. Tickets can be purchased online or at the studio.

IMPACT! is comprised of students ranging from 2nd grade through 10th grade who demonstrate advanced performance skills and leadership. The current students come from the Wellesley, Natick, Waban, and Concord communities. The group’s mission is for the students to engage in their local and global communities through outreach by addressing important social values through dramatic performance.

MISCAST: A Musical Cabaret will take traditional musical theatre selections and perform them untraditionally! Join us for solo and group performances with singing and dancing, appropriate for all ages, as well as original monologues written and performed by the students.

The group is led by Hannah Shihdanian, WTP’s Director of Community Outreach/Resident
Choreographer; and Eric Anderson Jr., Music Director. Hannah Shihdanian, director of the cabaret,says, “We chose the theme of Miscast because we think it’s important as actors, to imagine what itwould be like to walk in someone else’s shoes. These are also roles that some of these kids willnever get to play anywhere else!”

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 2017 Summer Camps. Sessions include three production camps
geared for students between 2nd and 12th grade in addition to one week Theatre Arts camps for PreK- 12th grade. The production camps are: The Lion King Jr. (Grades 2-8), Peter Pan (Grades 2-12), and Chicago (Grades 8-12).

For more information about the organization and the class offerings, please visit the website,
www.wellesleytheatreproject.org or call 781-235-1550

Wellesley College Concert Series Events April 18-30

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The Rivers School Conservatory to Host Composer Matthew Aucoin for 39th Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young

MatthewAucoinbyStevenLaxton1The Rivers School Conservatory presents its 39th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young on Friday, April 7th through Sunday, April 9th in Weston, Massachusetts.

The Contemporary Seminar was founded in 1978 to address the need of young performers and general audiences to hear, play, and learn the music of their time. Each seminar’s programming is truly unique. Pieces are performed only once, so that repertoire composed within the last 25 years is constantly being explored. To date, the seminar has presented 2,771 new pieces from more than 1,601 composers, 599 premieres, and 164 commissioned works.

This year’s featured composer is Matthew Aucoin, an alumni of The Rivers School Conservatory. Aucoin is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Opera as both a conductor and composer. His works have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Boston’s A Far Cry, American Repertory Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Alabama Symphony, LA Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and more. Aucoin is a graduate of Harvard College and studied piano, theory, and composition at The Rivers School Conservatory.

For this special occasion he composed “Finery Forge,” a work for two pianists, which will receive its world premiere on Sunday, April 9th by two RSC piano students. Aucoin commented on his inspiration for this composition:

“A finery forge is a massive hearth in which iron is refined … I see the piano as a kind of forge for music: the modern concert grand is an industrial-strength machine, a crucible-like behemoth of interlocking parts, filled with hammers intended to strike musical sparks out of their strings. In short, it’s a finery forge. This shiny black wood-and-metal monster is capable of astonishing refinement when it’s in good hands. But those “good hands” must themselves undergo a crucible of musical training if they want to wrest refined sounds out of the forge.”

The weekend of concerts, composition workshops, informal receptions, and composer meet-and-greets, takes place at The Rivers School Conservatory, 333 Winter Street, Weston, MA. Nearly 75 composers will be featured; many local composers attend and offer remarks about their music before the performances.
Tickets and complete schedule information available at www.riversschoolconservatory.org.