The Indigo Girls Will Perform With Newton's New Philharmonia Orchestra At Boston's Symphony Hall March 18
Grammy Award-winning artists Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, better known
as the Indigo Girls, will perform with Newton's New Philharmonia Orchestra, under the direction of Francisco Noya at Boston's Symphony Hall on March 18, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
The evening will feature Indigo Girls' classics from their critically acclaimed 14-album catalogue, including hits like "Closer to Fine," "Power of Two" and "Galileo."
The concert is years in the making, according to Adrienne Hartzell, executive director of the New Philharmonia Orchestra. "Several years ago our violinist Sheila Doyle mentioned that her former band Big Fish Ensemble opened for the Indigo Girls a few times in the mid-'90s." Hartzell continued, "A lightbulb came on, and we were like, 'Can you call them? Would they come to Boston to perform with NPO?' It took a few years, but we are so excited the date is nearly here."
Thirty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Ray and Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business, selling over 14 million records and becoming the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 Chart in the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s.
After signing with Epic Records in 1988, the Indigo Girls released their critically acclaimed eponymous album to thunderous praise. It remained on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 35 weeks, earned double platinum status, received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, and won Best Contemporary Folk Recording. They were overnight folk icons who continued to live up to the high standards they'd set for themselves. They have since released 14 albums (three platinum and three gold), received six Grammy nominations and have won one. Indigo Girls have toured with innumerable star acts, including Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, R.E.M., Sarah MacLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Jewel and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The duo has balanced their long, successful musical career by supporting numerous social causes - the Indigo Girls don't just talk the talk; they walk the walk. Having established an intensely dedicated fan base, the duo continues to remain relevant and attract new fans around the globe.
Francisco Noya was appointed music director of New Philharmonia in the spring of 2016, following the 20-year tenure of founding Music Director Ron Knudsen. Noya began his professional career in his native Venezuela as conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Valencia, one of the original ensembles of El Sistema. After earning advanced degrees in composition and conducting from Boston University, Noya was appointed to serve as assistant conductor of the Caracas Philharmonic and assistant to the music director of the Teatro Teresa Carreño, one of the most prestigious theaters in Latin America. Noya continued his conducting career in the United States by serving as music director of the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Albany, New York, for 10 seasons. Today, Noya is a prominent figure in the Boston and New England music scene and has earned a reputation as a versatile interpreter of symphonic and operatic literature. He served as music director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston and Symphony by the Sea in Manchester. Noya currently serves as resident conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, where he represents the Philharmonic artistically and educationally throughout the Rhode Island community. He is also a respected member of the conducting faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Noya has appeared as guest conductor of the Boston Pops; the Baltimore, Nashville, San Antonio and Omaha Symphony Orchestras; and Cape Cod Symphony, among others.
The New Philharmonia Orchestra, founded in 1995, is a 75-member nonprofessional regional orchestra based in Newton. The orchestra's mission to perform "music for all" has been advanced by presenting programs of diverse repertoires of classical music for the enjoyment of audiences of all ages and experiences. The orchestra also strives to provide its nonprofessional players the opportunity to achieve a high level of ensemble performance not otherwise available.