Engaging Communities

2023 Virtual Festival

Engaging Communities


Nina Stern, BEMF Director of Community Engagement

Virtual Presentation coming this September as part of our 2023 Virtual Festival—A Celebration of Women: Encore!

BEMF BEYOND BORDERS 2023 presents a FREE international, hybrid program featuring a performance by the BEMF Youth Ensemble and short, filmed performances from international partners on four continents: Kenya, Lebanon, The Netherlands, and Brazil. Reaching out to a new generation of players, BEMF seeks to expand our community by providing an opportunity for diverse groups of young players to perform with and for each other, and to celebrate their shared love of music. Third graders from the Waltham Dual Language School will be joined by young music students from around the United States—as well as pre-professional early music performers, and a selection of BEMF artists­—in an inspiring performance of music from the new and old worlds. The program, led by Nina Stern, will include traditional early 19th-century Brazilian music, works by Juan del Encina and Juan Ponce, and a new composition by Melika Fitzhugh commissioned for the BEMF Youth Ensemble.

Recorded on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall