For our Benda melodrama “Ariadne auf Naxos,” we are very excited to collaborate with actors Marya Lowry and Robert Walsh, founding members of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project. They are both highly-regarded in the Boston theatre community and beyond. Robert Walsh is an actor and director, as well as the Artistic Director of the Brandeis Theatre Company. In addition to directing and performing in Actors’ Shakespeare Project productions, he has performed locally with the Huntington Theatre Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Merrimack Repertory Theatre, to name a few.
His film roles include: Evening, State and Main, Amistad, Eight Men Out, and The Spanish Prisoner. Television roles include: Body of Proof, The Guiding Light, One Life To Live, Another World and the upcoming series, In Plain View. He is a faculty member at Brandeis and for the Institute for Advanced Actor Training at the American Repertory Theatre.
OPR’s March outreach concert at the J.F.K. Elementary School in Jamaica Plain focused on the beautiful, expressive music of the American Moravians. Ensemble members and guest singers Kathryn Mueller and Kathryn McKellar demonstrated how some of the distinctive vocal and instrumental lines convey particular emotions. Following the performance of each work, the students were able to identify the intended emotional content despite the fact that the texts were sung in German!
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of our concert series this past year, we chose four program themes that each highlighted a different aspect of music-making in America from the 18th-century through the Civil War era. Audience members “loved this season’s programs” (taking a quote from an audience survey), and critics from around the region shared their enthusiasm for the performances and programming. Below is a sampling of published commentary:
Our Capital Campaign to ensure the growth of Old Post Road’s future concerts and outreach work continues to progress, with $637,900 raised to date in gifts and pledges. This is about 85% of our $750,000 goal. Your participation is vital to our future, and we will appreciate your helping us reach this goal with a gift or pledge.
Donors of $10,000 or more (gifts can be made over multiple years) will be permanently listed in all future Old Post Road program books.
More information about our Capital Campaign may be found here.