Nov 16 2020

Opus Affair September & PowerPoint Party!

Posted by Molly Dee on Nov 16, 2020 2:56:30 PM | 0 comments | Boston, Calendar

We did it! We pulled off another Zoom Party Opus Affair extravaganza! Not too long ago in response to COVID keeping us out of bars we tried out having a virtual Zoom party where those in the Opus community could give short presentations about how they are surviving and dare I say thriving in quarantine.

Sep 01 2020

Opus Affair Zoom Party

Posted by Molly Dee on Sep 1, 2020 1:23:19 PM | 0 comments | Boston, Calendar

Summer really blew by. Most of us probably thought (or hoped) that Covid would be under control by now. Though summer was not filled with going to amusement parks, concerts, or packed beaches, we have all settled into our “new normal.” We met up in parks to have socially distanced meetups with friends, our parents have learned how to FaceTime and are getting pretty decent at navigating all the little buttons, and every corner shop now has a really solid website. As days have passed we have gotten so much better at adapting, I mean how many of you have a trick to making sure you remember your mask before you head out?

Jul 16 2020

Opus Affair July "Musings"

Posted by Carolyn Macleod on Jul 16, 2020 12:18:01 PM | 0 comments | Boston, Calendar

The last show I saw was on March 6, 2020. Strangely, I think about intermission the most. I remember washing my hands, willing intermission to drag a little longer so I could wash my hands for the CDC recommended time before returning to my seat, where I’d sit elbow to elbow with the rest of the audience. After that, I let myself be whisked away by the show, coronavirus didn’t exist in the world of the show and no longer mattered to me. That memory doesn’t feel like four months ago – it feels like an alternate reality. I couldn’t fathom the idea that the show would never get an opening night, that theatre would be empty in a few weeks, everyone on stage and behind it out of work. And here we are.

Sep 06 2018

Kristo Kondacki on Music as Transformation, 'Sheltering Voices', and Political Exile

Posted by Alexis Smith on Sep 6, 2018 2:39:51 PM | 0 comments | Boston, Interviews

Many of you may have seen a video circulating Facebook featuring an orchestra whose choir was comprised partly of women currently experiencing homelessness. The project, called 'Sheltering Voices', is the brainchild of Kristo Kondacki, co-founder and conductor of the Eureka Ensemble, and has gone viral with cities across the country reaching out to Kondacki in an effort to start similar programs in their home-cities.

Aug 09 2018

Sasha Callahan on Restoring Intimacy to Chamber Music

Posted by Alexis Smith on Aug 9, 2018 4:34:42 PM | 1 comment | Boston, Interviews

Generally my editor likes these articles to be around a thousand words, I can usually pare down to around 1200 or so, but in talking this week to Sasha Callahan I simply couldn't cut anything. (Get ready readers, you’re in it for the long haul!) Sasha, who co-founded the Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival along with her husband, cellist Leo Eguchi and her sister, has so much passion and enthusiasm and joy for chamber music that it's just infectious and well-worth reading about.

Aug 01 2018

Amy Smith Talks About Boston's Magical Melting Pot of Belly Dancing History

Posted by Alexis Smith on Aug 1, 2018 11:26:56 AM | 0 comments | Boston

This week I had the chance to interview Amy Smith, founder of Belly Dance New England and member of the Origins Folkloric Dance Company. Amy has been researching Boston’s rich history of belly dance and how borders do not equal disparate cultures.

Jan 04 2018

2017 by the Numbers

Posted by Graham Wright on Jan 4, 2018 10:51:12 AM | 2 comments | Boston

What would the end of 2017 be without a blog post with numbers and lists? I figured we might as well join in the fun. Let's take a look at some of the facts and figures around the people, events, and organizations in the Opus Affair community...

May 08 2017

10 Questions with Marti Epstein

Posted by Boston on May 8, 2017 10:56:40 AM | 0 comments | Boston, Interviews, 10 Questions

This week, composer Marti Epstein answers our #10Questions and tells us her secrets. Well, some of them, anyway.

Apr 24 2017

10 Questions with Lilit Hartunian

Posted by Boston on Apr 24, 2017 9:47:23 AM | 0 comments | Boston, Interviews, 10 Questions

We cross the river to interview Lilit Hartunian for today's #10Questions installment! Find out about her projects, favorite pastimes, and why she will always have Paris.

Apr 10 2017

10 Questions with Audrey Harrer

Posted by Boston on Apr 10, 2017 9:43:22 AM | 0 comments | Boston, Interviews, 10 Questions

Alt-chamber composer, harpist, and vocalist Audrey Harrer is the latest to take on the #10Questions challenge. Read on to find out about her current projects and why she is a great travel buddy.


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