Fandango Performance

The first “Fandango” performance was funded by a generous grant from the Watersheet Activation fund with additional support from Boston Properties. It was presented outside on Atlantic Wharf in Fort Point Channel. We are working to create a series of these concerts and take them to schools all over New England.

The concert featured string quartet, guitar, piano and five professional dancers. The possibility of a technology partner for the Fandango project is also intriguing.

The Ragazzi-Michelin duo will join us again, playing an exiting blend of contemporary Tango, Jazz and South American music.

“These two outstanding musicians take the guitar piano duet to the highest level, playing with power, passion and virtuosic wit. They don’t accompany each other in the traditional sense, so much as they melt together into one inspired voice.“ 
-WICN.ORG Radio

The performance will include choreographed dancers, directed by Fort Point Choreographer Kristen Fumarola. Each dancer is dressed in the same color as their corresponding “muse “musician. This creates a blending of artistic mediums, where each instrument is individually interpreted in a dance, which is also part of a larger, cohesive performance piece. The dancers have learned the score, thus turning the concept of ballet around as the dancers accompany the musicians.

The Fandango concert is amazing transforming outreach for children- and adults who have not had much experience with live acoustic instruments.

Polar Express December Concert Boston Children’s Museum

Boston’s innovative chamber orchestra, Boston Virtuosi, is partnering with composer Michael Moss for an exiting multimedia concert event at Boston Children’s Museum this coming December.

In conjunction with their exhibit celebrating the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, Moss and the orchestra will present a day of performances of Moss’s Grammy-nominated audiobook of The Polar Express, originally read by Liam Neeson. We are seeking the support of local businesses to make this event happen.

Boston Virtuosi, an ensemble comprised of busy free-lancers, is based in Boston’s creative Fort Point Channel. Boston Virtuosi members perform with the Boston Pops, The Boston Ballet, Symphony New Hampshire and other well-known performing arts organizations throughout New England. Boston Virtuosi Artistic Director and cellist Cameron Sawzin is a long-time associate of Moss’s, and has played on several of his recordings.

The audiobook of The Polar Express was a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album for Children in 2000. For this concert, the composition will be played with an 18-piece orchestra, and the spoken part read by the composer, Michael Moss. The East Texas Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players performed Michael’s score in this format in 2014. Our performance will include the original sound effects from the audiobook recording (trains, children, wolves, crowds) and we will show the original artwork on video monitors flanking the stage. As the original story takes place on a train with all the children in their pajamas, we may invite the children attending our performance to wear pajamas as well!

Corporate participation in this event will be tax deductible, and will provide inclusion of the company’s name, and where possible, their logo in publicity materials and social media platforms. Ms. Sawzin and Mr. Moss are seeking other venues for repeat performances of this very unique and educational event.

Details of levels of participation are as follows:

Total cost one venue: $10,000
Platinum sponsor: $10,000
Gold sponsor: $5000
Silver sponsor: $3000
Bronze sponsor: $1500
Friend: $750

Please consider this event when it is time to plan your company’s charitable giving for the holiday season of 2015. For the children at Boston’s Children’s Museum, it will be an unforgettable experience!

Polar Express support letter