Past Performances - Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

 

Fri., Oct. 9 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)

Daniel Evans Pritchard

Daniel Evans Pritchard is a poet, translator, and critic whose work has appeared in Little Star, Rain Taxi, Fulcrum, Battersea Review, The Buenos Aires Review, The Quarterly Conversation, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of The Critical Flame, an online journal of long-form criticism and literary nonfiction, as well as board member at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and an advisor to the Boston literary journal AGNI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri., Oct. 23 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)

Kelly Hopkins, soprano
Yukiko Ueno Egozy, piano

Kelly A. Hopkins, soprano, is a graduate of the voice program at Boston University. She has been reviewed as, “outstanding” by Joel Schwindt of the Boston Musical Intelligencer. He went on to say, “Kelly Hopkins, whose rendition of “Ich folge dir/I follow you” (a proclamation of the believer’s faithfulness) displayed not only her vocal power and agility, but also an impressive amount of endurance, as she skillfully navigated Bach’s long-breathed vocal lines.”
Ms. Hopkins is a former student of S. Mark Aliapoulios and Robert Honeysucker. She has been a soloist and featured performer with The Back Bay Chorale, The Providence Singers, The Seraphim Singers, in the Music at Mission concert series, Marsh Chapel Music, Philovox, The Boston Bach Ensemble, Ensemble St. Germain, Trinity Church Copley Square, and many other groups.
She has been a featured soloist in debuts of new works by composers such as James Yannatos, Julian Wachner, Graham Ramsay, Avner Dorman, and Elliott Gyger.
Ms. Hopkins has been heard in the greater Boston area as a soloist in works such as the Fauré Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach St. John Passion and Jesu Meine Freude, Poulenc Mass in G, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Pärt Magnificat, and sundry other works.
Ms. Hopkins sings regularly in churches and houses of worship all over the greater Boston area including The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Mission Hill; Church of Our Saviour, Longwood; St. Paul Parish, Harvard Sq.; St. Peter’s Episcopal, Central Square; St. Charles Borromeo, Waltham, MA, Trinity Episcopal, Newton, MA; and King’s Chapel.

Yukiko Ueno Egozy is a Boston-based pianist and teacher. She has served as the pianist of the Handel & Haydn Society Vocal Quartet, which presents interactive lecture-concerts to urban school districts. In 2014-15 she was a Visiting Artist at the MIT, where she taught piano students in the Emerson Program. Yukiko currently teaches at her studio in Brookline. As an accompanist, Yukiko performs regularly for instrumental and vocal recitals at schools and universities in the metropolitan Boston area. 

Yukiko graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree and from MIT with a Master’s Degree in Biology. While at MIT, she performed recitals as part of the Advanced Music Performance (now Emerson) Program. She holds a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from New England Conservatory. Yukiko’s teachers include Irma Vallecillo, Kayo Iwama and David Deveau. 

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Fri., Nov. 6 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111) 

Peter Allen

On piano and vocals, Peter will perform his program, WHOLLY WORD: Selections from the King James Holy Bible set word for word to original music.Peter's program will include selections from the Psalms, the Proverbs, the Prophets, the Gospels, and the Epistles.

Fri., Nov. 20 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111) 

Andy Bohachewsky on piano

Andy Bohachewsky plays jazz piano, originals compositions as well as standards

 

Fri., Dec. 11 at 12 noon • Killian Hall (14W-111) 

Stephanie Gayle reading

Stephanie Gayle is the author of Idyll Threats (Seventh Street Books) and My Summer of Southern Discomfort (HarperCollins). Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, The Potomac Review, Punchnel‘s, and several other publications. She’s twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her most recent book, Idyll Threats, earned a starred review from Library Journal. Killer Nashville says of it: “Stephanie Gayle delivers a tight story that is part police procedural and part traditional mystery that keeps you guessing to the very end. It is also a fast-paced jaunt that never lags and paints a believable picture behind the charming and sometimes complicated facade of small town life.” 

Stephanie will discuss launching a mystery series and she'll ​read from ​Idyll Threats.
.* Books will be available for sale.

Wed., Dec. 16 at 12 noon • MIT Chapel (W15)    
Tue., Jan. 12 at 6 pm • MIT Chapel (W15)    
CONCERT : Meridian Singers 

Music of Orlando di Lasso: The Cosmopolitan Polyglot 
Meridian Singers is an a cappella chorus open to all in the MIT community. Our repertoire includes music from the classical literature, from early to contemporary pieces, and from various countries and cultures. The group rehearses on Tuesdays at the noon hour, hence the name “Meridian.” 
Web site: http://web.mit.edu/meridians/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri., Dec. 18 at 12 noon • Killian Hall (14W-111) 

Amanda Casale

Amanda Casale is an active versatile musical theatre performer throughout the northern New England area. She recently performed the role of Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening at the Eastern Massachusetts ACT State Festival Competition, which earned eight Festival awards including Best Ensemble and Best Production. The production then moved to the 2015 New England Regional Festival, where the cast and crew again took home the Best Ensemble award and placed Runner-Up for Best New England Regional Production. She also sang the role of Jo March in Little Women: the Musical both in October 2014 and February 2015. No stranger to playing roles multiple times, Amanda has also reprised the roles of Catherine Hiatt in The Last Five Years and Lily St. Regis in Annie. She has performed in nearly 25 productions since 2010, and was named one of Pulse Magazine's 13 People to Watch in 2013. Other favorite roles include Louise in Gypsy and Madeleine Astor in Titanic: the Musical.

Amanda performs regularly with local cabarets, and is half of the musical cabaret duo "Amanda and Eric: Eric and Amanda". She is also regularly involved in Spartan Races, fit modeling, sketch art, and sound engineering and design. In 2014 she won the EMACT Festival award for Best Sound Design for her backing tracks in Spring Awakening, and there is little she enjoys more than getting to listen to other vocalists for extended periods of time. Amanda graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Biological & Chemical Engineering and Mathematics, and in 2014 earned her Masters in Statistics from Harvard University. She works for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by day, and at night is the Operations Manager for the Flyleaf Theater Company in addition to dabbling in all things theatre.

 

Ryan O’Reilly first appeared on stage at age 8 at his public library, dressed as a rabbit, wearing ears made of construction paper and cotton balls. Since then, Ryan has leveraged his creativity in developing his performance skills, allowing for a variety of opportunities to perform across the Northeast. 

While earning his B.A. in English Literature and Rhetoric, Professional Writing from the University of Hartford, Ryan toured college campuses, performing as a founding member of the ICCA award-winning a cappella group, Mouth Noise. The experience balancing performances and schoolwork taught Ryan the value of prioritizing artistic and creative outlets in his life.

In the last year, while working as a proposal writer at a Boston based software company, Ryan has enjoyed performing in multiple theater productions. Roles include Georg in 2015 New England Regional Festival award winning Spring Awakening, Jess/Cutter in See Rock City & Other Destinations at Flyleaf Theater Company, and Jamie in The Last 5 Years with Lexington Players.

Tue., Jan. 12 at 6 pm • MIT Chapel (W15) 
CONCERT : Meridian Singers

Music of Orlando di Lasso: The Cosmopolitan Polyglot 
Meridian Singers is an a cappella chorus open to all in the MIT community. Our repertoire includes music from the classical literature, from early to contemporary pieces, and from various countries and cultures. The group rehearses on Tuesdays at the noon hour, hence the name “Meridian.” 
Web site: http://web.mit.edu/meridians/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 10 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111) 
Ryan Kendall, singer-songwriter, on electric/acoustic guitar 

Ryan Kendall is a singer/songwriter who emphasizes meaningful, poignant lyrics throughout his music, which he has been crafting and honing since 2009. He holds the opinion that songs are capable of generating an otherwise unachievable level of understanding through the combination of music's universal language with linguistic comprehension and poetry. He wants to take advantage of this power to promote positive messages and evoke empathy, connectivity, and awareness. 

Hilltop Sunset is the name Ryan likes to use for his musical endeavors, which first began as an additional aspect of a novel he is working on; the idea was to have a book that tells a story from one character¹s perspective, an album of music that tells a simultaneous story from another character¹s perspective, and a second book that concludes the two stories. He still hopes to accomplish this some day, but has since been caught up in life and finds too much inspiration in daily living to ignore, which is why the vast majority of his songs are intensely personal. 

Besides writing and performing original music, Ryan likes to flex his creative muscles in several other ways. He has acted all around Massachusetts since his high school years and will probably continue acting whenever possible. He also enjoys writing blog posts and informal essays, and is working on editing a novel. Besides that, he has many years of experience as an illustrator and was attending Maine College of Art for two years before shifting gears over to Lesley University where he eventually graduated with a BA in English and Creative Writing 

Thursday., Feb. 25 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111) 
Stephanie Kohler, reading her poetry

Stephanie spent most of her life in the New Jersey suburbs outside of Philadelphia and relocated to the Boston area this past year. Her memories of home, especially of her many childhood adventures exploring the woods on the Delaware River, often serve as inspiration for her writing. She studied English and Writing Arts at Rowan University, where she worked as a writing tutor to her peers, served as poetry editor for the literary magazine Glassworks, and published several of her poems. Though she considers writing a hobby, Stephanie often reads at open-mics and is always looking for opportunities to become more involved in the writing community.

Thursday., Mar. 10 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)
Eric Grunwald, reading

Eric Grunwald is a lecturer in the English Language Studies group in the department of Global Languages and Studies. He has taught at Boston University and Suffolk University and before that was managing editor of the literary journal Agni. His fiction, translations, and reviews have appeared in Prick of the Spindle, Partisan Review, Spoiled Ink, The MacGuffin, Two Lines, The Boston Sunday Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on a collection of short stories.

 

 

 

Thursday., Mar. 24 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)
Ryan Kendall, singer-songwriter, on electric/acoustic guitar 

Ryan Kendall is a singer/songwriter who emphasizes meaningful, poignant lyrics throughout his music, which he has been crafting and honing since 2009. He holds the opinion that songs are capable of generating an otherwise unachievable level of understanding through the combination of music's universal language with linguistic comprehension and poetry. He wants to take advantage of this power to promote positive messages and evoke empathy, connectivity, and awareness. 

Hilltop Sunset is the name Ryan likes to use for his musical endeavors, which first began as an additional aspect of a novel he is working on; the idea was to have a book that tells a story from one character¹s perspective, an album of music that tells a simultaneous story from another character¹s perspective, and a second book that concludes the two stories. He still hopes to accomplish this some day, but has since been caught up in life and finds too much inspiration in daily living to ignore, which is why the vast majority of his songs are intensely personal. 

Besides writing and performing original music, Ryan likes to flex his creative muscles in several other ways. He has acted all around Massachusetts since his high school years and will probably continue acting whenever possible. He also enjoys writing blog posts and informal essays, and is working on editing a novel. Besides that, he has many years of experience as an illustrator and was attending Maine College of Art for two years before shifting gears over to Lesley University where he eventually graduated with a BA in English and Creative Writing 

Thursday., Apr. 14 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)
Kimberly Hula - reading (very) short stories

Kimberly Hula is a Boston-based writer who specializes in deeply developed characters and rich sensory experiences that explore the self as an individual and the self as part of a larger community. Her writing has been featured in The Chicago Tribune and WGN Chicago News as part of her "Year of 52 Adventures" campaign, a blog in which she challenged herself, friends, and strangers, to commit to a new adventure every week for one year and write about it (her personal challenges included a trapeze act, skydiving, an icy plunge into Lake Michigan, and a public performance of her poetry). Kimberly grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in English Comparative Literature/Creative Writing and Sociology. Her careers have included congressional campaign staffer, Disneyworld ride operator, and English teacher in Japan. Currently, she works at MIT as a Fiscal Officer while also pursuing her Masters of Social Work at Boston University (Spring, 2017), with a focus on narrative family therapy. She is currently at work on her first novel, Middle Match.

 

 

 

Tue., April 19 at 1 pm • MIT Chapel (W15) 
CONCERT : Meridian Singers

Stylus Fantasticus; Music of J.S. Bach and his circle
Special organ performance by Meridian Singers' Music Director, Todd Beckham 
Meridian Singers is an a cappella chorus open to all in the MIT community. Our repertoire includes music from the classical literature, from early to contemporary pieces, and from various countries and cultures. The group rehearses on Tuesdays at the noon hour, hence the name “Meridian.” 

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/meridians/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday., Apr. 28 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)
The Trapelo Winds, will perform a mix of classical and popular music.

Laura Wilkins, flute
Lisa Putukian, oboe
Shu Satoh, bassoon 
Jeff Stewart, french horn
Georgiana McReynolds, clarinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday., May. 12, 12:30-1:30 • Killian Hall (14W-111) 
Andy Bohachewsky 

Andy Bohachewsky's jazz trio will play jazz standards and originals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday., May. 26 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)
tick, tick...BOOM! -concert version- with Amanda Casale, Ryan O'Reilly, and Joshua Wright * Click for Program*

 

 

 

 

Amanda Casale is an active versatile musical theatre performer throughout the northern New England area. She recently performed the role of Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening at the Eastern Massachusetts ACT State Festival Competition, which earned eight Festival awards including Best Ensemble and Best Production. The production then moved to the 2015 New England Regional Festival, where the cast and crew again took home the Best Ensemble award and placed Runner-Up for Best New England Regional Production. She also sang the role of Jo March in Little Women: the Musical both in October 2014 and February 2015. No stranger to playing roles multiple times, Amanda has also reprised the roles of Catherine Hiatt in The Last Five Years and Lily St. Regis in Annie. She has performed in nearly 30 productions since 2010, and was named one of Pulse Magazine's 13 People to Watch in 2013. Other favorite roles include Louise in Gypsy and Madeleine Astor in Titanic: the Musical.

Amanda performs regularly with local cabarets, and is half of the musical cabaret duo "Amanda and Eric: Eric and Amanda". She received a 2015 ArtsImpulse Award nomination for Best Solo or Cabaret Performance for the Sing Out! cabaret series at Club Cafe in Boston. She is also regularly involved in Spartan Races, fit modeling, sketch art, and sound engineering and design. In 2014 she won the EMACT Festival award for Best Sound Design for her backing tracks in Spring Awakening, and there is little she enjoys more than getting to listen to other vocalists for extended periods of time. Amanda graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Biological & Chemical Engineering and Mathematics, and in 2014 earned her Masters in Statistics from Harvard University. She works for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by day, and at night is the Operations Manager for the Flyleaf Theater Company in addition to dabbling in all things theatre.

Ryan O’Reilly first appeared on stage at age 8 at his public library, dressed as a rabbit, wearing ears made of construction paper and cotton balls. Since then, Ryan has leveraged his creativity in developing his performance skills, allowing for a variety of opportunities to perform across the Northeast. 

While earning his B.A. in English Literature and Rhetoric, Professional Writing from the University of Hartford, Ryan toured college campuses, performing as a founding member of the ICCA award-winning a cappella group, Mouth Noise. The experience balancing performances and schoolwork taught Ryan the value of prioritizing artistic and creative outlets in his life. 

In the last year, while working as a proposal writer at a Boston based software company, Ryan has enjoyed performing in multiple theater productions. Roles include Georg in 2015 New England Regional Festival award-winning Spring Awakening, Jess/Cutter in See Rock City & Other Destinations at Flyleaf Theater Company, and Jamie in The Last 5 Years at Lexington Players. 

 

Joshua Wright is excited to return to tick, tick...BOOM!, with some great friends, after having performed in the Houston area premiere many years ago. Josh has performed professionally for over 13 years in New York, Texas, and Connecticut. Most recent Massachusetts credits include: Flyleaf Theater—See Rock City & Other Destinations (Evan/Rick), Ordinary Days (Warren), The Fantasticks (The Mute), The 39 Steps (Clown); Woodland Theater Company—Titanic (Harold Bride—ArtsImpulse Nomination), Sweeney Todd: In Concert (Tobias), West Side Story (A-Rab), Les Miserables (Thernadier), Into the Woods (Baker) and Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit). His New York credits include Periwinkle National Theater’s Halfway There (Barry, Mime u/s), York Theater’s Maybe One Day (staged reading) and at NYU: Die Fledermaus (Frank), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), The Fix (Graham Chandler), Hotel for Criminals (Judex), Fiorello!, Fiddler on the Roof, and Love’s Fire (Red and Painter). At Connecticut Repertory Theater he was seen in My Fair Lady (with Terrance Mann) and played Mark in Rent. Some favorite roles include: Theater LaB, Houston: tick, tick…BOOM! (Jon), China: The Whole Enchilada (Eric), Gutenberg: The Musical! (Doug), and I Sing! (Alan); Masquerade Theater: Once Upon a Mattress (Jester), A New Brain (Minister), and The Wild Party (Max). Josh is also a professional stage manager (The Bus—off-Broadway and tour and Altar Boyz at TriArts Sharon Playhouse). He received his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from NYU Steinhardt and BA in Theater from University of Houston. By day he is the office manager and a piano/voice/theater teacher at Jammin' With You! in Wellesley. Josh can be seen next in Open Door Theater's April production of Peter Pan as Smee