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The MassBay Cultural Alliance provides educational opportunities for our students and enhances the cultural richness of our community. We encourage you to support our Cultural Alliance by attending the scheduled events. MassBay students, faculty, and staff enjoy free admission to all events. Please call 781-239-3112 for more information. Enjoy the 2014-2015 season!
For upcoming events, see our calendar 2015 Events
LOCAL ARTISTS CONTRIBUTE FINE ART TO MASSBAY
WELLESLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra (WSO) presents its 65th season of entertaining programs for enthusiastic audiences. The WSO has been the Orchestra-in-Residence at MassBay Community College since 1984. Max Hobart, who has shaped its artistic direction since 1993, conducts the Symphony. Many well known names in Boston musical circles have been associated with the WSO over the years, including Arthur Fiedler, who led the orchestra in 1958 to mark its 10th anniversary. Narrators over the years have included Joan Kennedy, Liz Walker, William Bulger, Dixie Whatley, and Nora Hussey.
Check their website for their 2014-2015 Concert Schedule and ticket prices. Each concert takes place at 3 PM in the John McKenzie Auditorium on the Wellesley Hills campus, and most feature a pre-concert talk at 2:15pm. Tickets are free to all MassBay staff, faculty, and students.
Inside Wellesley - The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 65th Season
The MassBay Players is the College’s drama club, involving students and faculty/staff here at MassBay. Founded over three decades ago by retired Professor Roger Wolf, productions have included a wide range of repertoire including musicals such as "Oklahoma" and "West Side Story," as well as dramatic productions such as Garcia Lorca's "Blood Wedding” and Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs." Denny Morell, faculty advisor to the MassBay Players, invites all students, faculty, and staff to participate in the MassBay Players productions.
Performances take place in the McKenzie Auditorium. Tickets are $12, and $10 for seniors. Admission is free for all MassBay staff, faculty, and students.
NEWTON COUNTRY PLAYERS
The Newton Country Players (NCP) is a non-profit community theater group now in its 55th season, bringing affordable, high quality theater to the towns and suburbs just west of Boston. The most recent addition to MassBay’s Cultural Alliance, NCP has presented popular dramas, musicals, comedies and revues.
Check their website for their 2014-2015 schedule and productions. Performances on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8 PM, with Sunday matinees starting at 2 PM. All shows are in the McKenzie Auditorium on the Wellesley Hills campus. Admission is free for all MassBay staff, faculty, and students.
ALL ABOUT US PERFORMING ARTS CO., INC.
Director Denny Morrell founded the company in 1998 and was invited to join the MassBay Cultural Alliance in 2000. The mission of All About Us is to enrich students of all ages through introduction to, and participation in, the performing arts. The company has been a significant source of outreach to residents of Wellesley as well as many local and surrounding communities including Boston and beyond.
Check their website for performance schedules and ticket prices. All performances are in the McKenzie Auditorium and shows begin at 2:15 pm. Admission is free for all MassBay staff, faculty, and students.
METROWEST YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Metrowest Youth Symphony Orchestra (MetYSO) provides dedicated young musicians with advanced orchestral training in an atmosphere that is demanding, yet supportive and fun. Recent repertoire has included Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1,” Copland’s “Hoedown,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” Gershwin’s “American in Paris,” and selections from “Star Wars” by John Williams. Music Director Paul Surapine has extensive experience as a conductor, performer and teacher.
Check their website for the 2014-2015 performance schedule and ticket prices. MetYSO performs 2 concerts a year at MassBay’s McKenzie Auditorium. Admission is free to all MassBay staff, faculty, and students.
FELIX JULIANI ART GALLERY
The Felix Juliani Art Gallery at MassBay Community College, initially dedicated in 1985, was completely renovated in 2002 for the enjoyment and benefit of the entire community. A variety of exhibits are scheduled for the coming academic year, including local and regional artists, as well as faculty and student shows.
Mr. Felix Juliani began his service to MassBay in 1963 as a member of the Founding Advisory Committee of the College, and later when a Board of Trustees was appointed, served with distinction for five years as Chair. Mr. Juliani served the Board uninterrupted until 1986, when his term expired. He was then honored with the appointment of Chairman Emeritus in recognition of his outstanding commitment and contributions to the College. In 1992, Governor Weld renewed Mr. Juliani’s appointment, allowing him to serve the College in full capacity once again. For his leadership and stewardship, and his untiring service to the College and its students, Mr. Juliani was presented the first Distinguished Service Award of MassBay Community College at Commencement in May 2002. Until his death in May 2006, Mr. Juliani served on the Board of Directors for the MassBay Foundation, Inc.
Artist Howie Green Donates Painting of Wellesley Symphony
On February 8th, 2015, the artist Howie Green donated his painting, Wellesley Symphony in Rehearsal, to MassBay Community College.
The painting was inspired by a 2014 photograph by Mickey Goldin who has photographed the Orchestra for over ten years. The painting is acrylic and mixed media on canvas. The Wellesley Symphony is Orchestra-in-Residence at MassBay.
In the past decade Howie has been involved in an ongoing series of public art projects which offer him the opportunity to bring his art to the general public. He has received over 45 awards and been featured in over 50 gallery shows and public art projects including a mural on the front of Boston City Hall, Cow Parade Boston and a series of murals for the Boston Red Sox Foundation. He is also the author of two books including Jazz Fish Zen (Charles Tuttle Publishing).
His work can be seen at www.hgd.com.
On October 17, 2013 the FOX25 College Tour broadcasted live from MassBay from 6-10am. At 7:00 am, MassBay students Edwin Cruz-Vargas and Edna Barreto dazzled the audience with their authentic Colombian dancing.
At 9:00 am, MassBay student Roudnie Celestin regaled the audience with her beautiful singing voice.
In the fall of 2013, MassBay’s Wellesley Hills campus was enlivened by a generous donation of 25 original pieces of art from 21 artists through The Art Connection, a Boston-based non-profit organization that facilitates the acquisition of art to local service agencies that many not otherwise have the ability to experience the transformative possibilities of art. This donation, valued at $100,000, was bestowed on MassBay in honor of Krystle Campbell, a member of the MassBay Class of 2005 who lost her life in the Marathon Bombings in April 2013. View the donated artwork here.