Symphony by the Sea opens 33d season with opera

Rebecca Kenneally, director of the Endicott Singers.
Rebecca Kenneally, director of the Endicott Singers.

ARIAS FOR ALL: Symphony by the Sea launches its 33d season by bringing live opera to the stage.

It also continues to feature new young talent, while reaching out to a younger audience.

“Opera is ‘hot’ now in many circles, and we think that this might be just the right way to entice a whole new generation of opera buffs,” said Sandra Sheckman, a member of the symphony’s board of directors.


“Rejoice: An Opera Gala,” will be presented Thursday at Abbot Hall in Marblehead and next Sunday at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield. Donald Palma conducts the symphony in opera repertoire including arias and choruses by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, and Mozart.

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Joining the symphony are soloists Sara Heaton, soprano; and Joshua Dennis, tenor; as well as the Endicott Singers under the direction of Rebecca Kenneally.

Heaton has performed in the Santa Fe Opera’s spring tour, among others. She sang with Symphony by the Sea in last season’s opera gala.

Dennis recently completed his apprenticeship with the Santa Fe Opera.

Kenneally is chairwoman of the performing arts department and director of choral activities and musical theater at Endicott College in Beverly. She grew up in Marblehead and is a sought-after singer and conductor.


The concert in Abbot Hall is at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a 6:30 p.m. reception. The concert at The Governor’s Academy is at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $35, $5 for students through Grade 12.

For these concerts — to celebrate the launching of the symphony’s 33d season and to encourage younger audiences — tickets are discounted by $10 for anyone aged 33 or younger. Visit

STAGE THRILLER: Stoneham Theatre explores the idea of good versus evil with a production of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” Thursday through Nov. 10.

The show is Jeffrey Hatcher’s new adaptation of the classic tale of Dr. Henry Jekyll, who undertakes experiments aimed to cure mankind of baser instincts.


But the experiments on himself produce the savage and uncontrollable Edward Hyde.

“Hatcher’s adaptation suggests that good and evil exist in all of us and blend with the various aspects of our personalities,” said director Caitlin Lowans. “This idea is highlighted with one actor playing Dr. Jekyll, while the rest of the cast take turns portraying Hyde.”

The cast includes Benjamin Evett, Esme Allen, Cheryl McMahon, Dale Place, Alexander Platt, and Nick Sulfaro.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. There is a post-show discussion next Sunday.

For tickets, call 781- 279-2200 or visit

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Tracy Chevalier, author of “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” discusses and signs her latest novel, “The Last Runaway,” at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell 2 p.m. Tuesday. The book tells the story of a young English Quaker who in 1850 emigrates with a sister due to marry in America. When the sister dies, Honor Bright is left alone in a new land with nothing but her needles, her quilts, and her Quaker principles. Museum curator Pam Weeks also discusses the English and American quilt styles of the mid-1800s that Chevalier mentions in the novel.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Flyabout,” an installation featuring textile collograph panels by Camilla MacFadyen and flying sculptures by Brad Story, is at Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester through Nov. 2. MacFadyen’s large-scale textile panels, inspired by walks through local woodlands, marshes, and stretches of shore, are made from organic materials found at the sites. She uses hemp and silk as her canvas on which bits of twig, or leaves, or pebbles are colored and layered in a painterly way. Inhabiting the environment created by MacFadyen’s panels are Story’s flying sculptures. Story, the seventh generation of an Essex shipbuilding family, draws upon a lifetime of experience with wooden boats for his inspiration. The forms of the pieces are governed by the ways objects move through wind and water. . . . An opening reception for a new photography exhibit, “Build, Builders, Buildings,” is 2 to 4 p.m. today at the Marblehead Arts Association. Artists were asked to creatively interpret the theme, which was inspired by all of the construction going on in the area.

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