Our program for the evening
- Francesca McNeeley and Eva Aronian will perform works by Maurice Ravel, who in the 1920s and 1930s was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer.
- Giovanna Confalone and Velleda Miragias will present works by Mel Bonis, a French female composer who wrote more than 300 compositions in the early 20th century.
- Clemens Teufel and Nathan Rodriguez will close the evening with a sumptuous opera recital, featuring pieces from Bizet.
An intermission of ten minutes will be observed after each performance, during which complimentary refreshments will be available. The event will start no later than 7:10 PM.Thank you for your understanding.
About the Performers
Critically acclaimed cellist Francesca McNeeley is in high demand as a collaborator and soloist. As a New Fromm Player at the Tanglewood Music Center, she premiered quartets by John Harbison, Mark Neikrug, and Kui Dong. She has been featured internationally on numerous series and festivals, including Houston’s Musiqa and Boston’s Callithumpian Consort.
Violinist Eva Aronian, from Montreal, Canada, is the recent recipient of the second-place and Aspen prizes at the 2016 OSM (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal) Manulife Competition. She was also awarded first place in the Canadian Music Competition, the Borromeo String Quartet's 2015 Guest Artist Award, and first place in the 2015 "Città di Barlassina" Competition in Italy.
Giovanna Confalone has been a faculty member of Cambridge Music and Riverside Theatre School of Performing Arts in Boston, where she was appointed principal Music Director and taught piano and voice until 2005. Giovanna has accompanied recitals given by members of the Metropolitan Opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Boston Lyric Opera, and the North German Radio Chorus (NDR) in Hamburg. She was also founding member and music director of Boston's swing vocal ensemble The Sophisticated Ladies.
Praised by le Confolentais for her “impeccable technical mastery, [and] strong expression” Boston-based cellist Velleda Miragias currently enjoys a diverse career as a freelance solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, educator, and entrepreneur. A French native, Ms. Miragias holds degrees from the Conservatoire National de Boulogne, Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris rue de Madrid, Indiana University, and a Master of Music from Boston University.
She is the recipient of France’s coveted Ministry of Culture Award and a first-prize winner of the Prix de la ville d’Epernay string competition. As an orchestral performer, Ms. Miragias is currently Assistant Principal with the Boston Philharmonic, and regularly performs with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, and at the Monadnock Music Festival, as well as with the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque on period instruments.
Clemens Teufel has performed concerts throughout Europe, the United States and Asia including venues such as the Cité des Arts in Paris and the Beijing Conservatory as well as at several festivals including the International Burgos Music Festival in Spain.
Acclaimed for his "velvety tone" and "spot-on comedic timing," baritone Nathan Rodríguez has been living in Boston for the last five years and has been featured in a number of premier arts organizations such as Odyssey Opera, Juventas New Music Ensemble, The Shakespeare Concerts, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, OperaHub, MetroWest Opera, and Lowell House Opera.