Spurred by a $250,000 challenge from The Furumoto Research Foundation, Old Post Road has begun a two-year capital campaign in the Fall of 2011 to create an endowment for the organization. This fund will provide the financial foundation for Old Post Road to sustain and enhance its artistic and educational activities and to undertake compelling long-range musical projects.
The endowment will provide critical annual support for the organization’s operations. Through this Capital Campaign, the organization will be better positioned to focus its efforts on continued artistic development and contributions to cultural enrichment through increasing research that uncovers fascinating neglected repertoire, developing concert programs that highlight this repertoire, and preserving the repertoire through recordings and published editions.
The organization’s educational outreach work will also be enhanced through this fund. In addition to continuing the Kids Come Free program for Old Post Road’s subscription concerts, plans include the expansion of the Old Post Road website to offer cross-disciplinary curricular materials that make use of its research for social studies, mathematics, language skills, and music teachers, among others. A worldwide audience will be served through podcasts, audio recordings, videos, articles, and interactive content.
The Fund for the Future campaign aims to raise $750,000. To date $580,000 has been pledged or donated. All forms of gifts—cash, pledges (customized, multi-year, if desired), bequests, and stock/securities donations—are welcome and appreciated. To support this effort, click here.
Joyce Tamer, of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, wrote a terrific review of our Worcester performance. In it she states
"One of the great attractions of the Musicians of the Old Post Road is their imaginative thematic programming, which gathers often obscure music in a cohesive program that is intellectually interesting and musically pleasing. This program was no exception. Croaking frogs, singing birds, changing weather patterns and of course, young lovers, were all represented in repertoire that was largely unfamiliar, but accessible and enjoyable."
Our much anticipated Roman Handel CD has arrived and is available for sale here. The recording features works by the young Handel and his colleagues at the court of Benedetto Pamphili, including world premiere recordings of cantatas by Lulier and Bononcini, along with a flute concerto by Gasparini. Soprano Kristen Watson joins the ensemble for this exciting program.
On Friday, October 25, the ensemble brought an unusual outreach presentation to students at the J.F.K. Elementary School in Jamaica Plain. Collaborating with Duo Maresienne, over 60 third graders at the school were introduced to historical instruments they had never before seen or heard—treble and bass violas da gamba, lute, theorbo, traverso, Baroque cello, and harpsichord.