Newton Arts Calendar

The Street Chestnut Hill New Philharmonia Orchestra Pops Concert & Picnic @ The Street Chestnut Hill
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us as we kick off Summertime at The Street with Newton’s 50-piece New Philharmonia Orchestra. Order to-go from any of our restaurants and enjoy a picnic lunch on The Green during the show! We’ll provide the blankets (while they last), enjoy this lovely afternoon of family friendly fun!

Sarah Levy and the Ferocious Flutes @ Second Church in Newton
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Flutists Mary Oleskiewicz and Christa Piehl Evans Team up with Andrus Madsen to play more ridiculously over the top music from Sarah Levy’s circle of brilliant composers, including works by  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, and Johann Gottfried Graun

A Gala Golden Anniversary Concert Honoring Founder and Artistic Director Joshua Jacobson @ Sanders Theatre
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm

In celebration of Zamir’s golden anniversary, the chorale will honor its founder and artistic director Josh Jacobson and showcase the best of Zamir’s repertoire. The premiere performances of commissioned works from composers Jeremiah Klarman, Ken Lampl, Jonathan Leshnoff, Charles Osborne, Nick Page, and Benjie Ellen Schiller will dazzle and delight. Plus you will hear some of Zamir’s all-time favorite pieces from the past 50 years performed by the 60 voices of the award-winning chorale, assisted by dozens of Zamir alumni.

Youth Pro Musica “This Shining Night” Choral Concert @ Eliot Church of Newton
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Choral works performed by our three ensembles include Barber’s “Sure on
this Shining Night” and works by Mozart, Handel, Schubert, Willcocks,
and Parker.  Also on the program, Faur’s “Messe basse” and Chilcott’s
“A Little Jazz Mass” with a trio from Berklee College of Music.

ADVANCE SALE Tickets   $15 adults, $10 seniors, students 16-19
FREE to children under 16.

Our artistic director Robert Barney has been with us for nine seasons;  Brian Hagar-McKee is the training chorus director; Yvonne Gobis is our outstanding accompanist.  This year marks Youth pro Musica’s 49th season; we hope you’ll join us to celebrate now and in our 50th year!

Aston Magna: The World of Henry Purcell @ Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm

The Seasons, Squabbling Couples, Sleep Aids, Comical Duos, Vocal Quartets, and Trio Sonatas. Artists include Daniel Stepner and Julie Leven, baroque violins; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; Catherine Liddell, theorbo; Michael Sponseller, harpsichord; Kristen Watson, soprano; Deborah Rentz Moore, mezzo-soprano; Jason McStoots, tenor; David McFerrin; baritone.

Pre-concert talk 45 minutes before the program.

Now in in its 47th season, Aston Magna is the nation’s longest-running summer festival of music performed on period instruments. The 2019 season includes the finest artists who are specialists in historical performance. The music of Bach, Pachelbel, Mozart, Castello, Purcell, Beethoven, Schubert, and others drive a dynamic program.

Walking Tour of Hemlock Gorge and Echo Bridge @ Corner of Elliott and Chestnut Streets
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm

Explore the geology, trees, plants and history of DCR Hemlock Gorge Reservation, one of the first five parks acquired by the Metropolitan Parks Commission in 1893. Learn about the National Register-listed Echo Bridge and plans to restore its historic railings. This guided tour will include stairs and an uphill trail segment over rocky terrain so proper footwear is recommended.

Clara Schumann at 200 @ Second Church in Newton
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm
Clara Schumann at 200 @ Second Church in Newton

Clara Wieck Schumann was born 200 years ago on September 13, 1819, and didn’t take long to become one of the greats of her era. Newton Baroque will celebrate her 200th birthday with concerts in Newton and Boston featuring both her own brilliant works as well as music written for her by her husband Robert Schumann, and dear friend Johannes Brahms. Sopano, Nicole Estima and pianist, Andrus Madsen will team up to offer Lieder by Clara Schumann taking advantage of the beautiful 19th Century pianos at Second Church in Newton, and at First Church in Boston. Robert August will play fugues by Clara on the organ as well as organ works written for her by Robert, and Johannes Brahms.

New Year, New JCC! @ Leventhal-Sidman Center
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
New Year, New JCC! @ Leventhal-Sidman Center | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Celebrate the grand opening of JCC Greater Boston’s new Winn Family & Wellness Center with a free day of fun for the whole family – open to all! Sunday, September 15 from 10am-12pm at the Leventhal-Sidman Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Move to the beat with a music fest including Vanessa Trien, play in the custom-designed Playspace, explore all new program spaces for kids, families and adults, create a community art project with artist Tova Speter, and try out a variety of children’s classes in music, movement, and more. Parents will have an opportunity to talk with parenting experts, get active with free adult fitness classes in our renovated studios, explore our state-of-the-art fitness center and enjoy coffee and snacks. Also available are free parent-child swim lessons (for ages 3 months-2 yrs) and evaluations (for 2+ yrs). Advanced registration for swim is required by email at RSVP for a chance to win a Family Outdoor Pool Membership for next summer at For more information, contact

New Philharmonia Presents Classics I: From Gustav, With Love @ First Baptist Church
Nov 24 @ 3:00 pm
New Philharmonia Presents Classics I: From Gustav, With Love @ First Baptist Church | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

The New Phil has an exciting season filled with celebratory spirit, incredible music, and exciting guest performances. Join us as we celebrate our 25th season with vibrant works of Mahler, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Vignieri and culminating with Beethoven’s great Symphony No. 9!

Classics I program:

Shostakovich Festive Overture

Mozart Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major
Bruce Falby, Flute

Mahler Symphony No. 5

New Philharmonia Presents – Celebrations! @ First Baptist Church in Newton
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm
New Philharmonia Presents - Celebrations! @ First Baptist Church in Newton | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

New Phil’s annual holiday celebration filled with beautiful music and dance for children of all ages. Presented in collaboration with Boston Ballet School and Newton All City Treble Singers.

All Family Concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m,
Followed by our Instrument Petting Zoo.

Sandeep Das and the Celebrity Series of Boston @ virtual
Apr 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Sandeep Das and the Celebrity Series of Boston @ virtual

This Saturday April 11th, I will be presenting a virtual Tabla concert with the Celebrity Series of Boston and you’re invited! The event will be streamed on the Celebrity Series Facebook page, their YouTube Channel, and my Facebook page at 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST / 9:30pm IST.

Hope to see you there!