Op-Ed: Artist as Activist

Boston Musical Intelligencer

Boston, MA

Being anti-art means being anti-diversity. In threatening to slash our country’s meager support for artistic expression, our current leaders demonstrate once again their preference for uniformity and conformity. Refugee Orchestra Project celebrates diversity and multiculturalism—two of the most powerful attributes of our nation—through our artistry.

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'The Body Politic' — Ovid Meets Contemporary Issues In A New Opera From Juventas

WBUR

Boston, MA

An opera about a transgender man moving from Afghanistan to the United States premiering in Boston this weekend could be perceived as a political statement, a critique of the government, a call to action. Composer Leo Hurley and librettist Charles Osborne could have conceived the idea for the opera while flipping through The New York Times the last month. But this opera’s story doesn’t begin on the front page of The Times, and that’s not really what this story is about.

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Refugee Orchestra Plans First Concert

BNN TV

Boston, MA

With all the current news about refugees driven by conflict, hardship, or climate change, it’s only timely to have the makings of a refugee orchestra. But as it turns out, in classical music, refugee performers and composers are practically a tradition.

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Exile Aria

Van Magazine

U.S.

“In the arts we have to be aware that artists come from all different backgrounds and viewpoints on all different issues,” she said. “But I think there is a point that’s beyond politics. To me the idea of welcoming individuals from different nations is something that surpasses politics, and just becomes something that’s key to being human, and humanity, and especially to the culture of this country.”

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Juventas in Motion

Boston Musical Intelligencer

Boston, MA

BMInt has recognized the value of Juventas New Music Ensemble’s performances across many disciplines with more than a dozen rave reviews. The Intelligencer has also registered great pleasures in the accomplishments of conductor and Artistic Director Lidiya Yankovskaya. Therefore we point to our readers Juventas’s Music in Motion, a journey through 100 years of music interpreted through theatrical puppetry, featuring established works from the last 100 years alongside three world premieres and a pre-show one-act comic opera.

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NewsBeth Stewart