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New Years Evewith the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra and The Hot SardinesFrancisco Noya, conductor

New Years Eve
with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra and The Hot Sardines
Francisco Noya, conductor

Boston Pops

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Party the night away with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra and The Hot Sardines, performing jazz covers and originals that channel New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets, and New Orleans jazz halls. “Not many bands have seized the postmillennial early-jazz spotlight with as much gusto as The Hot Sardines. An eight-piece outfit co-led by singer Elizabeth Bougerol and pianist Evan Palazzo, it has devoted more than the last decade to a razzle-dazzle reclamation of prewar swing.” – Nate Chinen WBGO. There will be a cash bar and several dining options will be available. Doors open at 8:30pm.

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Francisco Noya
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Francisco Noya is the Music Director & Conductor of the New Philharmonia in Newton, Music Director and Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony, and Resident Conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

An interpreter and educator with broad musical interests, and the knowledge and temperament to explore them, Mr. Noya is on the conducting faculty at the Berklee College of Music. From 2008 to 2017, he was the Artistic Director of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. In that capacity, Mr. Noya led the orchestra through a repertoire that not only included masterworks from the standard symphonic repertoire but also explored the potential in collaborations involving deejays, cutting-edge technology and the symphony orchestra.

Mr. 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,” the internationally admired educational and performing program that promotes social development through music. As a charter member of the program, Mr. Noya also has held master classes for young conductors and collaborated in the training of the youth orchestras.

After earning advanced degrees in composition and conducting from Boston University, Mr. Noya was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Caracas Philharmonic and Assistant to the Music Director of the Teatro Teresa Carreño, one of the most important halls in Latin America.

At his return to the United States he served as Music Director of the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Albany, New York. During his 10-year tenure, Mr. Noya led the group on two European tours as well as in concerts at both Carnegie Hall in New York City and in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.

Mr. Noya has served as Music Director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston, and Symphony By The Sea in Manchester, MA, and appeared as guest conductor of the Boston Pops, Baltimore, Nashville, San Antonio and Omaha Symphony Orchestras, among others. He has maintained a busy guest conducting schedule abroad, performing with the Orquesta Académica of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as orchestras in Brazil, Peru, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and Russia.

Francisco Noya The Hot Sardines
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“These are times that need live music. And I don’t know of anything that brings people together like the joy of hearing traditional jazz live,” says Elizabeth Bougerol, co-leader of The Hot Sardines, with pianist and bandleader, Evan Palazzo. These mischief-makers of hot jazz have been described as “potent and assured” (The New York Times) and “simply phenomenal” (The Times, London), with more than a year on the Billboard Jazz chart and 20+ million streams on Spotify (over 90 countries). The timing couldn’t be better for their next live album, Welcome Home, Bon Voyage (April 19 / Eleven Records).

“Everything in our DNA is about connecting with the audience. That’s where we feel most at home,” says Elizabeth, of playing live with the eight-piece band (including one wildly percussive tap dancer). The Sardines have gone from speakeasies and underground parties in Brooklyn, to festival crowds of 25,000 and a TV debut on Later… with Jools Holland. “That’s where jazz lives,” adds Evan. “In the playing, in sharing that experience, in coming together to create a moment that won’t happen again.”

The Hot Sardines