2018 Season


March 18

Leonard Bernstein in Words and Song, a collaboration with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Symphony Orchestra

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March 21

The Recuerdo Forum: four new settings of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s evocative poem “Recuerdo.” A fundraiser co-sponsored by Florestan Recital Project and WordSong

Four new musical settings of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Recuerdo by composers Howard Frazin, Libby Larsen, Scott Ordway and Elena Ruehr

Performed by baritone Aaron Engebreth, pianist Alison d’Amato, and soprano Michela Macfarlane, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6pm St. Botolph Club 199 Commonwealth Ave (near Exeter) Back Bay, Boston $100 per person suggested donation. The evening includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres Seating is limited. Please RSVP by March 16th

For more information and to reserve tickets, contact (617-876-9101)

Guest Artist Biographies:

Soprano Michela Macfarlane delights in moving fluidly between genres, from medieval chansons to baroque and jazz standards to pop and new music. Her voice most recently has been described as "the closest thing to heaven you might hear while you’re down on planet earth.” She sings regularly with Musae, her band Cantamos, and in various projects with Jesse Rodin and Cut Circle in the San Francisco Bay Area, including one pairing music with an exquisite medieval feast. Michela is trained in the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education, teaches children ukulele, and volunteers countless hours at her boys’ public school.

Soprano Mara Bonde has thrilled audiences in diverse venues throughout the United States and Europe with her electric stage presence and musical artistry. Her voice has been described as having "sweet purity of tone" (Boston Herald) and "ravishing" (The Boston Globe). Equally at home in both classical and popular styles, Mara is no stranger to the world of symphony pops. She has been the guest artist for "Holiday Pops" concerts with the Boston Pops, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Naples Philharmonic, and with the Baton Rouge, Lansing, New Haven, Syracuse, and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras. Other orchestral engagements have taken her to the South Florida, Utah, San Diego, Stamford, Ridgefield, Waterbury, Cape, Cape Ann, and Nashua Symphony Orchestras, the Handel & Haydn Society, and Boston Baroque. Mara also performs with Boston Musical Theater (specializing in the "Great American Songbook") and has toured with the ensemble to South Korea, Russia and Belgium. A very special recording project is "Sound Spectrum" (Navona Records) featuring Mara collaborating with her father, composer and pianist Allen Bonde. Mara was a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (first place winner Rocky Mountain Region) and the first prize winner in the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Awards. She has also received finalist awards from the Liederkranz Foundation, the Oratorio Society of New York, Connecticut Opera Guild, and the Jensen Foundation. Later this season Mara returns to Boston Lyric Opera for their spring production of Bernstein's "Trouble in Tahiti". This program marks her debut with Florestan Recital Project.

Brian McCreath is the Executive Producer of WCRB’s Boston Symphony Orchestra and weekly In Concert series of broadcasts. He also produces and hosts both The Bach Hour and The Answered Question (an interview podcast), and supervises digital content production for He came to WGBH from a diverse background in music. With degrees in trumpet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and The College of Wooster, he spent several years as a musician, including two years with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico and five years as Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Ideas about the business of music, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, led him into artist management in 2000, and radio wasn’t far behind. He worked on the production team for the talk shows of Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network in Milwaukee before moving to Boston in 2001. Three years later he joined the classical music production staff of WGBH. Since then, in addition to those noted previously, his roles have included programming and hosting weekend mornings and weekday afternoons.





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