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Arts at MassBay
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 2012-2013 season!
WELLESLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra (WSO) presents its 64th 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 2012-2013 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.
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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 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.
Check back often for the latest artists to exhibit their work in the Felix Juliani Art Gallery.