On behalf of the Boston Festival Orchestra, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the official website of the BFO, and invite you to take part in our inaugural season this summer!
We, as Bostonians, are fortunate to reside in a city where the arts are so highly valued. Boston is well-known for providing its citizens with every musical offering imaginable. From opera to jazz and beyond, it is hard to believe that any market remains untapped. However, as we talked over coffee one early September afternoon, we realized that we still had one question: in such a culturally rich city, why should patrons and musicians travel elsewhere for their summer classical music outlet? This question led us to the creation of the Boston Festival Orchestra.
The BFO makes its debut with Genesis, a concert featuring works by two classical giants. The program celebrates W. A. Mozart with a lesser-known opera overture and his timeless Clarinet Concerto, K. 622, concluding with Beethoven’s jovial Symphony No. 2. The mid-season performance, Hemispheres, boasts two different imaginings of the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla. Finally, the BFO concludes its inaugural season with Mélange, an eclectic program highlighted by Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5 with internationally acclaimed violinist Andrés Cárdenes, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 “Classical.” We are so excited to present our first season at the beautiful and easily accessible Virginia Wimberly Theatre in South End.
We are thankful for you taking the time to learn more about our organization! The Boston Festival Orchestra is made possible through community engagement and support. Now, we welcome you to become a part of our BFO community, to make an investment in Boston’s arts culture, and to join us in providing Boston with its own summer orchestra.
See you this summer!
Nicholas Brown Alyssa Wang
Executive Director Artistic Director
The Boston Festival Orchestra is committed to bringing the highest caliber of artistic performance to Boston’s summer community through venerable programming and collaboration with world-class artists. By programming repertoire compatible with the Greater Boston community, the Boston Festival Orchestra strives to enrich the summer culture of the city through high quality orchestral performances featuring Boston’s own professional musicians and renowned soloists.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR
Alyssa is a passionate and versatile violinist and conductor. In 2016, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Andres Cardenes (Concertmaster, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 1989-2010). In 2016, she was the winner of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Concerto Competition, the Pittsburgh Female College Association Prize, the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Award, and the Senior Leadership Award. She won first prize in the Silbermann Chamber Music Competition and was the recipient of the 2015 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, Harry G. Archer Award, and Paul J. Baum Fund Award. She has soloed with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. During her senior year at Carnegie Mellon she helped to run the Heritage Scholarship Campaign, which raised over $180,000 to start a substantial undergraduate merit scholarship for future School of Music students. Alyssa is also an Andrew Carnegie Scholar.
Alyssa completed two Master’s Degrees in violin performance and conducting at the New England Conservatory. She has won fellowships as a violinist with the Grammy-nominated ensemble, A Far Cry, and the Boston Chamber Music Society. Her primary violin teacher at NEC was Malcolm Lowe (Concertmaster, Boston Symphony Orchestra). During the summers she has been assistant conductor for the Colorado College Summer Music Festival with Scott Yoo and a conducting fellow at Eastern Music Festival under the tutelage of Gerard Schwarz. In the summer of 2019 she was the assistant conductor to Paul Polivnick at the New Hampshire Music Festival. Alyssa is the most recent member to join Hub New Music, a Boston-based mixed-quartet that performs 21st century music, and is excited for the artistic journey ahead! In her spare time she enjoys social dancing, photography, and dim sum.
For more information please visit alyssa-wang.com.
Nicholas Brown is a clarinetist and educator in Boston, MA. He is Second/Bass Clarinet with Boston Lyric Opera, as well as Principal Clarinet with New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and Phoenix, a Boston-based chamber orchestra. Additionally, he is a substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and New World Symphony, among many other New England orchestras. As an educator, he teaches at Natick Public Schools and the North End Music & Performing Arts Center, where he is also the School Partnership Manager.
As a soloist, Nicholas has been invited to play with the Boston Pops Orchestra and Symphony Nova. For the 2019-20 season, he is featured by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, CØDA Ensemble, and Celebrity Series of Boston as a Concert for One artist. Nicholas was the recipient of the Boston Woodwind Society’s Harold Wright Merit Award, grand-prize winner of the Jean and Harvey Picker Prize and Emily K. Rand Scholarship, and was finalist for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony’s Solo Competition. He has appeared with the Newport Music Festival, as well as in concert and recital halls throughout the United States and Europe. He has competed on the international stage at Fischoff and Plowman competitions and was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Astral Artists National Auditions, all as a member of Hathor Winds. Nicholas
holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. His primary teachers include Thomas Martin, John Bruce Yeh, and Ethan Sloane.