Brighton- Today, Governor-elect Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Karyn Polito announced a diverse line up of musical artists from across Massachusetts set to perform at the inauguration celebration. The bands, artists and groups will perform on Thursday, January 8, at the “Let’s Be Great” Celebration to be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Visit LetsBeGreat2015.com for ticket information.
“Massachusetts is blessed with a diverse culture and tremendous talent that will be on full display for the inaugural celebration,” said Lieutenant Governor-elect Karyn Polito. “The Governor-elect and I look forward to welcoming these performers from across the commonwealth to celebrate all our state has to offer and the opportunity to make Massachusetts great once again.”
Inaugural Celebration Performers:
Project STEP – student string ensemble, Boston
Project STEP, based in Boston, MA, is a string orchestra founded in 1982. Starting with only 7 students, Project STEP has gone on to introduce 1,500 children to music, with every Project STEP graduate going on to college or conservatory. Envisioning a world in which the classical music profession reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of our communities, Project STEP believes that the disciplined study of classical music can open many doors for its students and their communities.
Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums
The Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums is an award winning pipe and drum column made up of active and retired Boston Police Officers that beautifully blend two integral aspects of ancient Gaelic culture: music and poetry. Performing locally, as well as overseas, the Column has played at the opening ceremonies of the Tall Ships 2000 celebration, at Boston Celtics and Bruins games, at the Esplanade, and they have opened for the Dropkick Murphy’s.
Revolution of Hope – String Orchestra, Roxbury
Based in Roxbury, MA, Revolution of Hope is a string orchestra which is inspired by the philosophy of strengthening and engaging Roxbury youth through the development of problem-solving, leadership skills, and collective musical ensemble learning. With goals of deepening relationships between parents and their children, ROH strives to help renew strong communities and families through music.
Express Yourself – Drumming Group, Beverly
Express Yourself, based in Beverly, MA, introduces young people in the community to the arts of music, dance, theater, and visual arts. With a mission of using art as a creative outlet for at-risk youth and young people with mental illness, Express Yourself provides local youth with valuable life skills and a sense of connection with others in their community.
O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance, Brighton, MA
Based in Brighton, MA, the O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance was founded in 1954, in Galway, Ireland. Performing their popular mix of traditional and modern Irish dance throughout the year at parades, festivals, school events, and weddings, dancers from O’Shea-Chaplin Academy have won many awards and have toured in countries all over the world.
Angkor Dance Troupe – Traditional Cambodian Performance Arts, Lowell
Nationally recognized as one of the most accomplished and experienced U.S.-based Cambodian traditional arts organizations, the Angkor Dance Troupe, based in Lowell, MA, connects communities through the preservation, education, and innovation of Cambodian Performing Arts.
Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts – Dominican Republic Carnival, Lawrence http://www.massfolkarts.org/object_detail.asp?objectid=8200209
Based in Lawrence, MA, Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts is a Dominican Carnival group consisting of many elaborately costumed performers. With beautiful, traditional molds, masks, and costumes imported from the Dominican Republic, the Asociacion performs year-round in parades, parties, and festivals. Founded over a decade ago by Stelvyn Mirabal of Lawrence, the Asociacion contains performers of all ages and continues to be one of the most thrilling carnival groups in the state.
Dynasty Production – Caribbean Carnival Masquerade Band, Hyde Park http://www.bostoncarnival.org/dynasty.htm
Based in the Boston, MA neighborhood of Hyde Park, Dynasty Production is one of the oldest masquerade production organizations in Boston. With Caribbean roots, Dynasty Production has performed for over 30 years in parades throughout Boston, Rhode Island, and New York, and has won many awards for their Caribbean Carnival-themed performances.
OrigiNation – Hip-Hop Dance, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain,
Founded in 1994, OrigiNation, based in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, motivates, challenges, and inspires local youth to be the best they can be by offering dance, theater arts, and African history education. Every year, OrigiNation services close to 300 young people through on-site programs and 4,500 through off-site programs. OrigiNation focuses efforts on providing services to young people from Boston’s inner-city communities and provides a safe place to learn the arts and grow as young adults.
SciTech Band – Student Band, Springfield
Referred to as “The Pride of Springfield”, the Springfield High School of Science and Technology Band Program has grown from 20 students to over 500 since January of 2007. With the mission of empowering students to give back to their community by sharing the joy of music, the SciTech Band features a strong student leadership team and has performed at hundreds of festivals, benefit concerts, international fairs, and is committed to developing strong, quality leaders.
Cape Conservatory Jazz Band, Barnstable and Falmouth, MA
With campuses in Barnstable and Falmouth, the Cape Conservatory was founded in 1956 and is committed to providing the highest caliber arts education possible. Over 1,200 students of all ages and skill levels participate in over 60 programs, and in an effort to help keep the Arts alive in local school systems, the Conservatory offers key outreach programs in partnership with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. The Conservatory Jazz Program offers small or large ensemble experience and is open to musicians from elementary age to adult.
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Greater Boston
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Founded in 1982, the 175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking community outreach. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds III, the BGMC sings a wide spectrum of classical and popular music and creates social change by providing a positive, affirming image of the gay and lesbian community. The Chorus is heard live by more than 10,000 people each season and thousands more through recording, television and internet broadcasts. In November 2013 CBS-WBZ named The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus one of the “top 5” choruses in the city of Boston.