Our Holiday Concert of the 2018-2019 Season

Our 70th Season!


Elaine Daiber, soprano A visit from Santa and young performers. Winner of “Two Front Teeth Contest” *know anyone who wants to sing about missing a tooth? Email info@wellesleysymphony.org!

**This concert is not included in our subscription series.

This concert is sponsored by

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Soloist- Elaine Daiber

Of her performance with the Grammy Award winning Albany Symphony, soprano Elaine Daiber "was a standout as the Countess, singing with a shadowy, unfolding beauty"(Albany Times Union)

This summer includes a return to the Tanglewood Music Center as a vocal fellow where she will sing the principal role of Dede in a new production of Leonard Bernstein's A Quiet Place, in celebration of the composer's centennial year.

A fierce lover of new music, Daiber recently performed the role of Milica in Ana Sokolović's Svadba at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Previous new music engagements include performances as a vocalist in Steve Reich’s Drumming with Sō Percussion, the Boston premiere of composer Sky Macklay’s Glossolalia, and the world premiere performance of Nathan Davis’s The Sand Reckoner at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Recent engagements have seen the versatile soprano in a variety of performances - a debut with the Albany Symphony excerpting the Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro, a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where festival highlights included performing in a concert of Ella Fitzgerald songs alongside mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and soprano Dawn Upshaw, and selections from Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. She also performed the role of Paquette in a concert version of Leonard Bernstein's Candide with The Orchestra Now(TON), conducted by James Bagwell at the Richard B. Fisher Center.

Daiber is a recent graduate of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard Conservatory, where she studied with Edith Bers. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Theater and will continue her studies this fall at the New England Conservatory Graduate Performance Diploma program where she will study with Bradley Williams.

Soloists- Lillian and Josephine Arnold Mages

Lillian (10) and Josephine (8) are sisters from nearby Waltham, MA. They began their musical career in the living room, playing ukulele along with the PBS children’s television show Peg + Cat. When they were ages 6 and 4 they graduated to learning violin. Lillian and Josephine enjoy playing classical violin, Texas fiddling, and Irish fiddling, and competing in contests locally and around the US. In 2018, Lillian and Josephine played on stage at 6:26 in the morning on Groundhog Day in Punxatawney, Pennsylvania to welcome Punxatawney Phil, who predicted 6 more weeks of winter. In 2017, Lillian won the National Oldtime Fiddle Championship for “Small Fry” (8 and Under). In 2018, Lillian won the Youth division (14 and under) at the 38th Annual Banjo and Fiddle Contest in Lowell, Massachusetts. Not to be left behind, Josephine (7 at the time) took 2nd in Small Fry division at the 2018 National Oldtime Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho, and placed 3rd in the Youth division of the Lowell contest. They both enjoy playing violin, mandolin, guitar and ukulele with their older sisters in their sisters-band, Queen of the West.

Lillian loves learning about History and Geography. Josephine is a born manager, making sure everyone in the family has what they need and is doing what they are supposed to do.

Besides playing music, Lillian and Josephine enjoy soccer, archery, playing with their dogs Loco and Daisy, their bunny August, and activities with Waltham Troop 89190 in the Girl Scouts.