Hailed as one of Boston’s most versatile musicians, Max Hobart enjoys a highly respected position as a performer, conductor and teacher. Retired after 27 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hobart brings a rich perspective to his responsibilities as Music Director of the Boston Civic Symphony.
While Assistant Concertmaster of the BSO under Erich Leinsdorf, William Steinberg and Seiji Ozawa and as a featured soloist with the Boston Pops under both Arthur Fiedler and John Williams, Hobart performed concerts at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall and on frequent radio and television broadcasts as well as numerous recordings for Phillips, D.C.G., Nonesuch and RCA. Concert tours have taken him throughout the United States and South America, Canada, Europe, Japan, the Soviet Union and China.
Prior to his arrival in Boston, Max Hobart was violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, the National Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. As Concertmaster, he has served the Boston Opera Company and the Handel & Haydn Society under Thomas Dunn in addition to the BSO and Pops.
A frequent guest conductor throughout the region and beyond, Hobart has led performances with the Boston Pops, the Pops Esplanade, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the New Hampshire Philharmonic plus the New York All-State Orchestra and the Port-Au-Prince Symphony in Haiti, among others.
Max Hobart’s diverse musicianship is augmented by a calling to share his knowledge and inspiration with his many students. His teaching engagements have included terms at Boston University, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center.
In addition to the Boston Civic Symphony, Max Hobart is also Music Director of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra where he conducts a series of classical programs and pops concerts.
Soprano Megan Bisceglia sings with an impressive range and a tone that is both silvery and warm. She excels in many classical genres: opera; oratorio; art song; and chamber music.
Megan enjoys performing challenging new music. She recently performed the difficult and beautiful Where Grief Slumbers by the late Earl Kim in an arrangement written especially for her by Peter Evans. Megan has been praised for her dramatic and comedic presence on stage. Ms. Bisceglia played a “torchy” Paquette in the Lowell House Opera’s 2011 production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (Musical Intelligencer review).
In March of 2015, Megan put together a concert of highly emotional characters from opera and art song (Cunegonde, Mad Bess, Ophelia, etc.) for her Dana Hall faculty recital. In August 2014, Megan played a lead role in a production of Godspell by the Music is Art Agency in Melrose, MA. She also gave a solo concert of music about summer and the ocean as part of the 2014 Block Island Summer Concert Series and has been invited back for the 2015 Series.
In the Fall of 2012, she also played the role of Sophie from R. Straus’ Der Rosenkavalier in Music is Art Agency’s Opera Horrors Showcase. Other recent performances include soprano soloist for Part I of Handel’s Messiah with the New England Conservatory Orchestra on the Jamaica Plain Concert Series, and Leonard Bernstein’s La Bonne Cuisine at the Longy School of Music.
Ms. Bisceglia had the privilege of being the featured soprano soloist for Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F Major with the Spectrum Singers and the Emmanuel Music Orchestra in their Future: Rising Stars! concert.
Megan Bisceglia received her MM in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music with distinction in 2010 where she studied with Jayne West. She earned a BA in English with a minor in Music under the tutelage of Pamela Dellal at Brandeis University. Ms. Bisceglia continues to study with Jayne West.
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Founded in 1924 by the late educator, conductor and composer, Joseph Wagner, the Boston Civic Symphony is the second oldest symphony orchestra in the city. As one of Boston’s most respected musical organizations, the BCS has distinguished itself from other local musical groups through its focus on presenting an unusually broad range of music by exceptionally skilled students and amateurs and through its emphasis on developing a broad-based audience.
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