2016 Upcoming Concerts


2016-17 NEMPAC Performance Season

NEMPAC Winter Concert Series 

March: Friday, March 24th 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


Bijou de la Vida Gallery, 390 Commercial Street, North End

6:00 p.m. – Wine & appetizer reception
7:00 p.m. – Concert program
8:15 p.m. – Networking / mingling with artists
NEMPAC is returning to the beautiful Bijou de la Vida Art Gallery for our March Concert Series Event, featuring a wine and appetizer reception, the chance to explore and enjoy a private North End Art Gallery, and the opportunity to meet the artists after the performance. The Bijou de la Vida Gallery, located in the heart of the North End, is an intimate and inspiring setting to enjoy this exciting classical program.  
The performance, consisting of chamber music, will focus on temporal and spatial elements of French and Minimalist music, and the ability to heal through music. We will be exploring Mysticism and the Spiritual in music, including the fresh and intricate Three Pieces for cello and piano by Nadia Boulanger, the lyrical Lied for cello by Vincent d’Indy, Jolivet’s powerful Chant de Linos, and Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Violin and Piano. This French program will be peppered with minimalist works such as John Adams’ ‘China Gates’ for solo piano, which will create an evening of contemplation on time and space in music.
This concert will feature Egle Jarkova, violin; Orlando Cela, flute; Yumi Bae, cello and Artistic Director Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano. 
The reception will feature French inspired h‘dourves & wine catered by Manda and Me catering (www.mandandme.com). 
Tickets: $35, includes pre-performance wine and appetizer reception. Purchase tickets here: TICKETS

April: Saturday, April 8th 2017

NEMPAC Student Performathon!

Please visit the Performathon page.

June 2017 – NEMPAC Opera Project – Beethoven’s “Fidelo” 

Visit http://www.nempacboston.org/tickets/nempac-opera-project for full details.

PAST 2016-17 Concerts

November: Saturday, Nov. 5th 2016 at 2:30 p.m.2016-17-winter-concert-series-poster-web

Inaugural Concert Series 2016-17 Event: MUSIC, FOOD & DANCE

Steinert Hall, 162 Boylston St, Boston, MA

NEMPAC Concert Series is proud to present our season opener, an evening of Portuguese, French, Spanish and Italian music with special Guest Artists, pianists Inês Andrade and Edoardo Carpenedo, and clarinetist Karen Luttik. This rich and diverse program features music inspired by food and dance, including the Spanish tango, French minuet and Polish Mazurka.
Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. Young Audience between the ages of 21 and 35 can purchase tickets for $15. Student tickets can be purchased for $12. Please purchase tickets online here: Music, Food & Dance Tickets
Karen Luttik, Clarinet / Inês Andrade, Piano / Edoardo Carpenedo, Piano / Christina Wright-Ivanova, Piano. Featuring works by Kenji Bunch, Debussy, Bizet, Pagotto, Lopes Graca and more.

December: Wednesday, December 14th 2016 at 7:00 p.m.messiah-poster

Handel’s Part I of “THE MESSIAH”

Free Holiday Concert and open to the public at St. Stephen’s Church, North End

Reserve tickets here: Messiah Concert Tickets

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center presents its 2nd Holiday Concert of Handel’s “Messiah” Part I. The concert, conducted by Kristo Kondakci, will be held in the North End at the St. Stephen’s Church on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation.

January: Wednesday, January 11th 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


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Through the all-encompassing journey of Beethoven and Schubert’s Chamber Music, the “NEMPAC Concert Series” January recital will highlight some of the greatest chamber works and lieder of these two composers, including Schubert’s Fantasia in f minor. When Beethoven passed away in 1827, Schubert had the great responsibility of becoming the most revered and respected composer in Vienna. Schubert wrote tributes about Beethoven in letter form and in his musical works. This makes Beethoven and Schubert the power couple of Viennese society for the first half of the nineteenth century. The development of classical and romantic music owes so much to these titans of the musical world.

Surrounded by visual inspiration in the beautiful and intimate  Bijou de la Vida Art Gallery, the North End Concert Series presents this recital with Andrei Baumann, piano and John Nevergall, tenor, and with NEMPAC’s Executive Director Sherri Snow, soprano, and Artistic Director, Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano. A wine and cheese reception, catered by Dare to Taste, will follow this prestigious performance.

Tickets are $25 online and $32 at the door (includes catered reception in a private art gallery). To purchase tickets for this event, please follow the link: Portrait of a Power Couple Tickets

Andrei Baumann, piano / Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano / Sherri Snow, soprano / John Nevergall, tenor

February: Sunday, February 12th 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Valentines Opera Concert: MUSIC AND WORDS OF AMORE

In partnership with Opera On Tap Boston

La Galleria 33 Restaurant, 125 Salem St, North End

We are excited to bring our Annual Valentine’s Day Concert in partnership with Opera On Tap to one of our favorite North End restaurants, La Galleria 33! Join us for a lovely evening of food, wine and live music featuring your favorite opera songs, arias and duets about love.
A Ticket includes: 3 Course Dinner (appetizer, entree and dessert/coffee), glass of wine and a live performance featuring Abigail Krawczyńska, Soprano, Caitlin Felsman, Mezzo-Soprano, Ethan Bremner, Tenor and Nathan Rodriguez, Baritone.

Tickets/Tables are first come, first serve and reservation only. You can purchase tickets on Eventbrite using the link below, OR you can email ssnow@nempacboston.org or call 617-227-2270 to complete your reservation and payment offline. For tables over 4 guests – please contact us offline.

 NEMPAC Summer Concerts in the Park 2016

 July 7: Old-Timey Classics Jukebox: Songs of the Golden Age of Stage and Screen: (Rain location: St. Stephen’s Church)

Featuring singers who have graced the stages of such companies as Boston Lyric Opera, Reagle Music Theatre, and the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Come vote on what music from Opera to Broadway to Hollywood that you wish to hear!

NEMPACposterFINAL (2)July 14: Swing Favorites in the Park: Eight to the Bar

Listening to Eight to the Bar is a lot like driving along a time-warped highway precisely halfway between Count Basie’s Kansas City and Fats Waller’s Harlem, where the car radio picks up everything from Jumpin’ at the Woodside to The Andrews Sisters. Their material, like their outlandish wardrobes and onstage choreo, is a colorful mix of forties jazz and swing, fifties jump blues, and their own swing-influenced tunes. With their female vocals, saxophone (their sax player, Collin Tilton is the original sax and flute player In Van Morrison’s band, and appears on Morrison’s quadruple-platinum-selling Moondance album), guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, this unique sextet pack a musical and visual wallop not seen in New England since the group’s inception in 1975. Since that time they have released 12 CDs and have excited audiences from Europe to the Caribbean. The band has been named “Best Band 2014” by Hartford Magazine and recently had the honor of touring the Republic of Georgia (near Russia) at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy there. Currently the group has just released its 12th CD, Bring It & Swing It! (rain date / location: Tues July 26th, The Prado)

July 21: Jazz Night with Sounds of Italy: Scanzonati (rain location: St Stephen’s Church)

Sounds of Italy is a musical festival celebrating Italian music excellence in the Greater Boston area. The inventive and contemporary vision of young Italian talents living in the United States blends with the rhythmic and harmonic roots of the Bel Paese, with a clear American jazz influence — a mix that generates a new way of making Summer Concert Seriesmusic. A concept developed by Pescara-native singer and composer Stefano Marchese, Sounds of Italy was made possible with the collaboration and support of big names on the international music scene such as Marco Pignataro, Andrea Pejrolo, and Tino D’Agostino, as well as the Consul General of Italy in Boston, and Bostoniano founder Nicola Orichuia. Since its first edition, more than 200 artists have participated to the past 3 editions, including international artists such as Chiara Civello, Riccardo Del Fra and George Garzone. The audience members will be offered a taste of the elective affinities of the Mediterranean spirit mixed in with the innovative outlook of jazz.

July 28: Traditional Irish Quartet: The Ivy Leaf: (Rain location: St. Stephen’s Church)

Initially formed by Lindsay Straw (bouzouki, guitar, vocals) as a way to explore her own interest in the interconnected streams of folk music in Ireland, Britain, and America, the Ivy Leaf is now a young stalwart of traditional Irish music in Boston, featuring Caroline O’Shea (flute, whistle, vocals), Armand Aromin (fiddle, whistle), and Dan Accardi (fiddle, concertina). The members’ diverse backgrounds in Berklee College of Music, All­Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competitions, and the rich Irish culture of Boston combine to produce a sound that is “vibrant and sure­footed, and tailored to fully reveal each tune’s character and personality” (Sean Smith, Boston Irish Reporter). The Ivy Leaf has been featured at prestigious local venues such as Club Passim in Cambridge, the Irish Ceilidh Club of Rhode Island, and the New England Folk Festival.

As part of our 15th Anniversary Performance Season, we are excited to continue our July Thursday Night Series supported by NorthEndBoston.com, Boston Parks Dept., I AM Books and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

Series partners include I AM Books and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, City of Boston. Stefano Marchese: Series Director.

PAST Productions / Concerts:

Friday, February 12th – AMORE, an Evening of American Love Songs
St. Stephen’s Church
401 Hanover Street, Boston MA
7:30 p.m
Amore, an evening of American love songs

From Sinatra to Ella to Broadway and more, America’s songbook is rich with such unforgettable tunes as “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Dancing Cheek to Cheek”, “Goodnight, My Someone”, and “That’s Amore”. Join us with your true love for a night of classic songs and fall in love all over again.



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Calliope Winds Ensemble
St. Stephen’s Church
7:30 p.m.

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© Kate L Photography | www.kateLphotography.com

Calliope Winds presents a program of lively works for woodwind quintet by French, English, and American composers. Be transported back to the warmth and joy of summer with upbeat dances by Bozza and Ligeti and the sultry sounds of Barber’s Summer Music.

Calliope Winds:

Alicia Mielke, Flute
Michelle Zwi, Oboe
David Dziardziel, Clarinet
Ali Eaton, Bassoon
Jennifer Robbins, French Horn
The Concert Program:
Jacques Ibert, Trois Pièces Brèves (Three Short Pieces)
Darius Milhaud, La cheminée du roi René
György Ligeti, Six Bagatelles
Malcolm Arnold, Three Shanties
Samuel Barber, Summer Music
Eugène Bozza, Scherzo

About Calliope Winds: A dynamic ensemble formed in 2011, Calliope Winds enthusiastically performs throughout New England in both artistic and educational capacities. They have been featured performers in Jordan Hall’s Chamber Music Gala, were honored to appear in the 2013 Arthur Burger memorial concert, and have performed in masterclass with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Members of Calliope are active in the community and have received fellowships sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, performing throughout Boston Public School systems promoting literature and social development through classical music.



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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Love, Loss and Transformation
Steinert Hall
7:30 p.m.

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is happy to announce their 2016 Inaugural Concert of the 2015-16 Winter Concert Series which will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in collaboration with Steinway & Sons at Steinert Hall. Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Winter Concert Series, Christina Wright-Ivanova, has programmed a beautiful concert titled “Love, Loss and Transformation” which will feature musical reflections of Czech and Russian Masters. The intimate performance will include a complimentary pre-concert wine and cheese reception. NEMPAC is looking forward to announcing their upcoming 2016 Performance Season at this event.

NEMPAC is eager to welcome the return of Italian Cellist, Francesco Mastromatteo who delivered such an inspiring evening last October 2014 titled “From Russian to Italy”. Mr. Mastromatteo’s delivered sheer emotion to the audience through his performance and also inticed the audience sharing knowledge about the composers and repertoire. Italian violinist, Andrea Segar, joins us for her first performance with NEMPAC.

The Program:

Shostakovich Sonata for Cell and Piano in d minor, Op. 40
Janacek Violin Sonata
Smetana Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 15



NEMPAC Summer Concert Series 2015


NEMPAC is partnering once again with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events this summer season to bring this exciting music program to Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park and it is FREE to the community. The series is being generously supported by many exceptional sponsors. Audiences can look forward to an appealing array of music genres and NEMPAC Faculty, Artistic Directors, and Friends Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m.

The concert series kicks off July 9th with “Songs in the Key of Broadway: A musical timeline of 42nd Street”. It will take the audience from the earliest moments of musical theatre to the blockbuster productions of today. From Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Rodgers & Hammerstein to Sondheim, Lloyd Webber, and Schwartz, it is a celebration of comedy and love with some of America’s most beloved tunes. Performers include NEMPAC favorites Lindsay Conrad and Christian Schwebler, and welcoming Reagle Music Theatre star, Lori L’Italien.

NEMPAC Summer Concert Line-Up at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

July 9th – Songs in the Key of Broadway; A musical timeline of 42nd Street

July 16th – Patrice Williamson Jazz Quartet

July 23rd NEMPAC Opera Project; Featuring Italian Opera Favorites

July 30th – Eight to the Bar! …And for those interested in getting their groove on, there will be a pre-concert group Swing Dance Lesson in the Park from 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The swing dance lesson is appropriate for all ages and is being taught by the Boston Lindy Bomb Squad Dancers & Instructors. Gather at the front of the stage to participate!

Enjoy a Picnic Dinner Too!

NEMPAC has teamed up with RSVPicnic to provide the ultimate Thursday night experience. Picnic dinners can be purchased online and RSVPicnic team members will drop off and pick up the baskets at the park – Look for the Red Wagon!

NOTE: In the event of rain, the July 9th, 16th, and 23rd concert performances will take place at St. Stephen’s Church on Hanover Street in the North End. The July 30th performance would be rescheduled to Thursday, August 6th.

Visit www.nempacboston.org for more information.


PAST Productions / Concerts in 2014-15 include:

February 2015

“Amore” Opera Concert
Saturday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m.
Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston’s North End
Meet the Amore Performers > Amore Valentine Opera Concert Performers

Amore, l’amour, Liebe, love… Transcending love in all languages through music.

While Mother Nature may have led to a postponement of its original performance date, the Amore Opera Concert was well worth the wait! The audience was treated to a magnificent array of love songs from Monteverdi to Puccini to Rodgers & Hammerstein. The performances were powerful with emotionally charged perspectives that touched everyone’s heart.

A lovely reception was held after the concert for all to mingle with the cast of performers, Alexandra Dietrich (Musical Director), Sherri Snow, Rebecca Rapoport-Cole, Christian Schwebler, Salvatore Atti and Jacquelyn Atti.

Special Thanks to the Old North Church and Bova’s Bakery for playing such an important part in a splendid evening.

Amore Opera Concert

January 2015

American Music Concert in honor of Martin Luther King Day
Thursday, January 16th 2015 – 7:30 P.M.
North Bennet Street School – 150 North Street, Boston’s North End
Meet the Performers > I Have A Dream Performers

On a bitter cold night, familiar and new friends of NEMPAC ventured out to experience a powerfully moving concert at the North Bennet Street School entitled “I Have a Dream…” in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Artistic Director Christina Wright-Ivanova, pianist, was joined by four exceptional artists, Stephen Marotto, cello; Jessica Nicolet, soprano; Kristin Young, soprano; and Sarah Ryu-Ping, violin. Sarah is a member of NEMPAC’s faculty.
American Concert in celebration of Martin Luther King


Holiday Concert at the Old North Church
Sunday, December 14th 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Libor Dudas directed an inspirational performance on Sunday, December 14th, with the Old North Church Chamber Singers and Orchestra joined by NEMPAC vocalists. They presented “Behold, I Bring You Glad Tidings” (Henry Purcell-1687) and “Gloria” (Baldassare Galuppi – 1761). This was an outstanding holiday treat!!

NEMPAC & Old North Church Holiday Concert
NEMPAC Fall Concert
– October 2014

NEMPAC_italian_heritage_month-01NEMPAC welcomed musicians, Italian Cellist Dr. Francesco Mastromatteo and Boston University Pianist, Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova, to the North End of Boston for this special performance at St. Stephen’s Church in the North End. It was a celebration of Italian Heritage Month. The concert was free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10-$15.

Dr. Mastromatteo joined us from Lucera, Italy, where he is the artistic director of The Concert Society “Amici della Musica G. Paisiello” of Lucera (Foggia), which was founded in 1984 to divulgate classical music, to promote young musical talents, particularly from Puglia, and to open the city of Lucera to an international artistic landscape. More information can be found here: http://www.amicimusicapaisiello.com/