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

A taste of the Arts

June 14th, 2014 | Tour 2:30pm | Concert 5:30pm
Atlantic Wharf Waterfront Plaza 280 & 290 Congress Street, at the corner of Congress Street and Atlantic Avenue

As the perception of Fort Point as a rich landscape for the arts and dining deepens, many tourists and local professionals are curious to learn more. Please join Boston Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra for two unique multi-media concerts, each to be coordinated a different custom-designed tour of Fort Point/South Boston/Seaport restaurants and sites. The performances will feature string quartet, guitar, vocalist and five professional dancers. The first concert will be on Atlantic Wharf, across the channel from the Children’s Music. We thank the Watersheet activation fund and Boston Properties for their support. The Ragazzi-Michelin duo will join us again, playing an exiting blend of contemporary 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 Jazz for New England

Boston Virtuosi Quartet: violins, Elliott Markow, Gerry Mordis, viola, Scott Woolweaver, cello Cameron Sawzin

Claudio and Nando have performed with and written for the orchestra for previous performances. Boston Virtuosi’s musicians are the finest free-lance string players in the city, performing with Boston Pops, Ballet, and other orchestras all over New England. Our second summer concert TBA at Gillette Park in late July/early August, so stay tuned!

This performance has an intriguing twist: We are choosing a special piece with well-shaped and visual phrases, the Boccherini “Fandango” for string quartet and guitar, to support distinctive dance accompaniment. The performance will include choreographed dancers, directed by talented Fort Point Choreographer Kristen Fumarola, an accomplished improvisational dance specialist and authentic movement facilitator. What makes this performance unique is that each dancer will be dressed in the same color as their corresponding 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.

In partnership with well- known “HipHost” tour guide Bill Hall, Boston Virtuosi is designing two cutting edge “Fort Point restaurant crawls”, which will culminate in two free public concerts, the first on the water at Atlantic Wharf and the second, still in the planning stages at Gillette park on the Channel.

We have included select restaurants on the “crawl” that represent the best of Fort Point Channel and the Seaport district. This concert series is designed to promote the district’s cultural vitality with live music. Ticket price is 65.00 and there will be discounted group rates as well. Bill’s “HipHost” tours have ranged from Beer and Chocolate tours of Boston, to Paul Revere tours; quirky historical walks through the North End incorporating iconic bars and bistros. His North End tour focuses on locally owned spots and fun ways the entire neighborhood ties together.

Bill has been featured on NPR and the Improper Bostonian, among others. 
 We look forward to bringing another fabulous concert to our neighborhood. Don’t miss this unusual and entertaining event!

Location: Waterfront Plaza, 280 and 290 Congress Street in front of Smith and Wollensky. Some seating is available near the musicians but many attendees prefer to lounge on the lawn overlooking the harbor “a la Tanglewood”. You are welcome to bring a blanket or beach chair and a bite to eat!

The restaurant crawl starts at Barlows 249 A Street.

 

Chamber Music as Art, Art as Chamber Music

September 6th, 2013 | 6:30 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress Street

Enjoy a classical/crossover mix of music ranging from Boccherini’s spectacular and evocative Night in the Streets of Madrid to Astor Piazzolla’s famous and compelling Libertango. The Boston Virtuosi are led by music director Paul Dulude. The three amazing guest soloists are guitarist Claudio Ragazzi, pianist Nando Michelin and violinist Elliott Markow. Claudio Ragazzi has scored original music for the ensemble, Nando Michelin and cellist Cameron Sawzin.

Talented Fort Point artists Maggie Connors and Susan Harter will share a canvas, painting what they hear live as the performances unfold on stage. Images will be recreated and available for sale!

Smith & Wollensky will be preparing a delicious Argentinean dinner for the price of $85.00, which includes reserved seating at the concert and a 15% discount on reproductions of the art created at the event.

InterContinental Boston has pre-purchased the original, but we are offering several different options for the reproduced image, ranging from a print to a full wrapped canvas piece. Send an email to cam.zin@verizon.net for a price list, which will also be on the website shortly. Interested supporters can also order the pieces at the concert. This Fort Point concert will be the first of many events designed to promote the district’s cultural vitality with live music and your purchase will move us forward to a full concert season.

For samples of Claudio and Nando’s music visit claudioraggizi.com
http://www.sonicbids.com/2/EPK/?epk_id=7062#audioconducted

Join us for an unforgettable concert!

For more Information, Contact Cameron Sawzin
Tel: 617-797-2307 cam.zin@verizon.net

Free Concerts at Children’s Wharf Park

Boston Virtuosi Quartet
Meet members of the Fort Point-based Chamber Orchestra Boston Virtuosi as they perform everything from Mozart – to Bluegrass, Tango and Classic Rock.

Claudio Ragazzi
Extraordinary Argentinean guitarist Claudio Ragazzi, pianist Fernando Michelin, Boston Virtuosi cellist Cameron Sawzin and violinist Gerry Mordis.

Boston Virtuosi’s Channel Cello Band
Cynthia Forbes and Cameron Sawzin with Cello Chix Rebecca Thornblade and Susanna Porte.

New England Brass Ensemble
Boston Virtuosi principal trumpet Jay Daly with the New England Brass Ensemble.

The string quartet performed in the series on June 25th. Musicians were: Rebecca Katsenes, Jane Hemenway violins, Scoot Woolweaver Viola, Cameron Sawzin Cello. The eclectic program ranged from Mozart Divertimento #3 and Bluegrass tune “Dawg’s Bull to “Layla” by Eric Clapton with red-hot tangos, bluegrass and a taste of Cole Porter in between.
Fabulous Argentinean guitarist and composer Claudio Ragazzi, pianist Fernando Michelin, violinist Gerry Mordis and Cameron Sawzin performed on the July 9th Concert. Claudio recently wrote several pieces for the film score for Francis Ford Copplola’s latest film and played all the guitar on it as well. I have recorded several of his compositions for the PBS show “Nova”. This very unusual concert was a mixture of sophisticated tango, jazz/fusion and contemporary music, featuring beautiful tunes and infectious rhythmic patterns. Claudio arranged all the music for this ensemble. The Ensemble will continue to perform together at future concerts as will the Channel Cello Band the String Quartet.
Boston Virtuosi musicians are developing collaborations with other ensembles, and the rock-out electric cello concert on July 16th featuring the cello chix included wild arrangements of “Dollars and Sense” by Radio Head, Whipping Post by the Allman Brothers and “Kashmir by Led Zepplin. The kinder, gentler first half included elegant acoustic and tonally rich classical music with the unique sound of a cello quartet. On the program were an arrangement of the slow movement of the Brahms Violin Concerto, and a wonderful version of the Mozart Sonata for two Pianos. Also featured were several of Susanna Porte’s lovely Beatles arrangements.

Still Haydn After All These Years!

  • Paul Dulude, Conductor
  • Michael Haydn Symphony in E-flat
  • Joseph Haydn Concerto for Piano in D Major
  • Joseph Haydn Concerto for Violin and Piano in F Major
  • Irina Muresanu, violin
  • Michael Lewin, piano
  • Joseph Haydn Symphony #49 in f minor, “The Passion”

Still Haydn After All These Years

Friday May 4, 2007 | 8:00pm
Pickman Hall, The Longy School of Music, Follen Street, Cambridge, MA

Ticket prices: $30 Floor, $20 Balcony, $10 Seniors and Students.
Handicap access is available.
Tel: 617-484-2747 or 617-331-9066
Email: info@bostonvirtuosi.org
Directions to the Longy School
All programs are subject to change.

Still Haydn After All These Years

  • Paul Dulude, Conductor
  • Michael Haydn Symphony in E-flat
  • Joseph Haydn Concerto for Piano in D Major
  • Joseph Haydn Concerto for Violin and Piano in F Major
  • Irina Muresanu, violin
  • Michael Lewin, piano
  • Joseph Haydn Symphony #49 in f minor, “The Passion”

Still Haydn After All These Years

Saturday October 18, 2003
Music of Michael Haydn and Joseph Haydn

  • Paul Dulude, Conductor
  • Michael Haydn Symphony in E-flat
  • Joseph Haydn Concerto for Piano in D Major
  • Michael Lewin, piano
  • Joseph Haydn Concerto for Violin and Piano in F Major
  • Irina Muresanu, violin
  • Michael Lewin, piano
  • Joseph Haydn Symphony #49 in f minor, “The Passion”

Ancient Inspirations

Saturday May 17, 2003
Paul Dulude, Conductor

Farina Pavana e Gagliarda
Boccherini Night in the Streets of Madrid
St. Georges Symphony Concertante
Mari Black and Stephen Yu, violins
Corigliano Voyage
Debussy Dances Sacree et Profane
Virginia Crumb, Harp
Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances, suite #3

Valentine Serenade

Saturday, February 15, 2003
Paul Dulude, Conductor

Vivalidi Concert in B-flat for Violin and Cello
Terry King and Laura Bossert, soloists
Joseph Suk Serenade for Strings, Opus 6
Tchaikovsky Serenade in C, Opus 48

Northern Lights

Saturday, December 7, 2002
Music of Scandinavia
Paul Dulude, Conductor

Carl Nielsen Petite Suite, Opus 1 Denmark
Dag Wiren, Serenade for String Orchestra, Opus 11Sweden
Jan Sibelius, Romanza
Ruataavara- Suite for Strings, [North American Premiere]
Edvard Grieg- Holberg’s Suite