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This month two of Newton’s biggest and most active arts organizations are presenting unique and intriguing events. The New Philharmonia Orchestra and the New Art Center are upping the creativity and awesome with galas that break the mold. These events are more like experiences. You’ll have an amazing time and you’ll be helping to insure that this doesn’t happen to another Newton arts group. Read on! 

 

Opening Night at Symphony: An 18th birthday gala celebration!
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Saturday, October 13 at 7:30pm | Gregorian Rugs, Newton Lower Falls

New Phil is rightfully celebrating their 18th birthday with a party! The evening starts with a reception featuring complimentary food and wine from all over the world. Sample cuisines from the Mediterranean, Italy, Mexico, and, of course, America! Enjoy world folk music! Try your hand at the Wall o’ Wine or maybe you’ll get lucky and win a BOSE cd player! Check out an international travel exhibit by Newton Art Association!

The concert shows off the orchestra’s talent and, most importantly, their fun spirit! New Phil will play selections of well-known and other not so well-known works while noted musicologist Steven Ledbetter leads the audience through a friendly round of Classical Music Trivia.

The program ends with a rollicking performance of the symphonic “whodunit?” The Composer is Dead with music by N. Stookey and text by the clever and macabre Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)! Jake Berger, a local actor, takes on the role of the narrator/Inspector and no one is safe from his interrogations or stereotypes! Listen to Stookey and Handler talk about the piece! [lPBDHnlhvSQ]

New Phil is Newton’s premiere symphony. Take yourself out for the night and help them to continue making Music for All! Click for tickets and more information!

 

Arts Ball: Stayin’ Alive
New Art Center
Saturday, October 20 at 7pm | New Art Center, Newtonville

The New Art Center is Stayin’ Alive! In celebration of thirty-five years of inspirational creativity and community, we are throwing a fabulous Arts Ball! Jump back to the Disco days of bellbottoms, mood rings, and platform shoes as we revisit 1977 and the birth of the New Art Center. Mark your calendar and help us sweep in the next thirty-five years and beyond with an evening of superb food, cocktails, music, dancing, a silent auction, and fun surprises.

Festive attire-not formal, just fabulous!  Click here for tickets and more information!

 

Newton arts and culture groups are pulling out all the stops this year. Programming is grand, galas are exciting, community events are bigger and better than ever! Collaboration between organizations and businesses is spiking and bringing even more creative partnerships to keep our community diverse and vibrant. I’d love to hear from you. What attracts you to an arts event? What would you love to see?

And in the meantime, I hope to see you at one, or BOTH, of these great events!