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May 9, 2019
Worcester Schubertiade is now VOX New England

Name change reflects new vision for performing arts organization

WORCESTER, MA – The performing arts organization, Worcester Schubertiade, will be changing its name to VOX New England in September 2019 to reflect its reimagined vision and musical focus. Worcester Schubertiade has been presenting classical lieder and chamber music to passionate audiences around the Central Massachusetts region for over seven years. As the organization enters its new season, its leadership and board have chosen to update name and mission to reflect its offering of diverse live concerts of vocal music for music patrons of Central Massachusetts and beyond. The performances will range from intimate recitals to grand opera, and there will also be a significant focus on cultivating the next generation of serious music lovers through outreach and education.

According to VOX executive director Stanley Wilson, “There are times when change truly makes sense and feels right, and the decision to update the name of Worcester Schubertiade to VOX New England is one of those times. I am extremely excited to be part of this unique, performing arts non-profit, as my colleague and artistic director, Sondra Kelly and I move in a creative, programmatic direction that will bring many stimulating and inspiring events to Central Massachusetts and the New England region.” Kelly said "This important name change reflects the company’s focus which will now be entirely on vocal music, concerts, recitals, operas and operettas. This will enable us to feature many well-known masterworks as well as pieces by new and lesser-known composers.”

Some of the repertoire the organization has presented in recent years include Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II on New Year’s Eve 2018 at Mechanics Hall; The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár in September 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Worcester; and Winter Words (a chamber concert of art song) by Maria Ferrante and Stanley Wilson In February of 2019 at Mechanics Hall, including music by Chausson, Britten, Schumann and Messiaen. This fall’s schedule will include A Night at the Opera on September 21, Little Red Riding Hood by César Cui on October 12 & 13 and the Fifth Annual Classical Idol Competition on November 10 all at the First Baptist Church of Worcester. Additionally, special performances of the holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors is scheduled for December 7 & 8 (locations to be determined).

About the leadership:

The Executive Director Stanley Wilson has been with Worcester Schubertiade since its inception in the summer of 2012. With a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration at Boston University Metropolitan College, he enjoys his time running this performing arts non-profit. He is strongly committed to building an organization that will contribute to community vitality and collective efficacy in our region by building resiliency, fostering social capital and strengthening interpersonal ties

Artistic Director Sondra Kelly, a Metropolitan Opera Artist, joined Worcester Schubertiade's artistic team during the summer of 2016. Ms. Kelly is well known for her love of and support of the arts in the New England Region. She is also the Principal Stage Director of Opera Connecticut and has a young artist program in Boston, New England Opera Intensive, for which she is the Artistic Director. Her recordings include Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon and Koch Schwann and her DVD’s are all “Live from the Met”.

Worcester Schubertiade is a registered 501c3 corporation and was founded in 2012 by Stanley Wilson and Malcolm Halliday. Additional information is available at: https://www.voxnewengland.com