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Fall 2015 ABD performance dates

** Note: all performances this Fall will be on Fridays.**




Fri., Oct. 9 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Daniel Evans Pritchard

Daniel Evans Pritchard is a poet, translator, and critic whose work has appeared in Little Star, Rain TaxiFulcrumBattersea Review, The Buenos Aires ReviewThe Quarterly Conversation, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of The Critical Flame, an online journal of long-form criticism and literary nonfiction, as well as board member at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and an advisor to the Boston literary journal AGNI.




























Fri., Oct. 23 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Kelly Hopkins, soprano
Yukiko Ueno Egozy, piano

Kelly A. Hopkins, soprano, is a graduate of the voice program at Boston University.  She has been reviewed as, “outstanding” by Joel Schwindt of the Boston Musical Intelligencer.   He went on to say, “Kelly Hopkins, whose rendition of “Ich folge dir/I follow you” (a proclamation of the believer’s faithfulness) displayed not only her vocal power and agility, but also an impressive amount of endurance, as she skillfully navigated Bach’s long-breathed vocal lines.”
Ms. Hopkins is a former student of S. Mark Aliapoulios and Robert Honeysucker.  She has been a soloist and featured performer with The Back Bay Chorale, The Providence Singers, The Seraphim Singers, in the Music at Mission concert series, Marsh Chapel Music, Philovox, The Boston Bach Ensemble, Ensemble St. Germain, Trinity Church Copley Square, and many other groups.
She has been a featured soloist in debuts of new works by composers such as James Yannatos, Julian Wachner, Graham Ramsay, Avner Dorman, and Elliott Gyger.
Ms. Hopkins has been heard in the greater Boston area as a soloist in works such as the Fauré Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach St. John Passion and Jesu Meine Freude, Poulenc Mass in G, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Pärt Magnificat, and sundry other works.
Ms. Hopkins sings regularly in churches and houses of worship all over the greater Boston area including The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Mission Hill; Church of Our Saviour, Longwood; St. Paul Parish, Harvard Sq.; St. Peter’s Episcopal, Central Square; St. Charles Borromeo, Waltham, MA, Trinity Episcopal, Newton, MA; and King’s Chapel.

Yukiko Ueno Egozy is a Boston-based pianist and teacher.  She has served as the pianist of the Handel & Haydn Society Vocal Quartet, which presents interactive lecture-concerts to urban school districts.  In 2014-15 she was a Visiting Artist at the MIT, where she taught piano students in the Emerson Program.  Yukiko currently teaches at her studio in Brookline. As an accompanist, Yukiko performs regularly for instrumental and vocal recitals at schools and universities in the metropolitan Boston area.
Yukiko graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree and from MIT with a Master’s Degree in Biology.  While at MIT, she performed recitals as part of the Advanced Music Performance (now Emerson) Program.  She holds a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from New England Conservatory.  Yukiko’s teachers include Irma Vallecillo, Kayo Iwama and David Deveau.




Fri., Nov. 6 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Peter Allen

On piano and vocals, Peter will perform his program, WHOLLY WORD: Selections from the King James Holy Bible set word for word to original music.Peter's program will include selections from the Psalms, the Proverbs, the Prophets, the Gospels, and the Epistles.



Fri., Nov. 20 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Andy Bohachewsky on piano

Andy Bohachewsky plays jazz piano, originals compositions as well as standards



Fri., Dec. 11 at 12 noon Killian Hall (14W-111)

Stephanie Gayle reading

Stephanie Gayle is the author of Idyll Threats (Seventh Street Books) and My Summer of Southern Discomfort (HarperCollins).  Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, The Potomac Review, Punchnel‘s, and several other publications. She’s twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her most recent book, Idyll Threats, earned a starred review from Library Journal. Killer Nashville says of it: “Stephanie Gayle delivers a tight story that is part police procedural and part traditional mystery that keeps you guessing to the very end. It is also a fast-paced jaunt that never lags and paints a believable picture behind the charming and sometimes complicated facade of small town life.”  

Stephanie will discuss launching a mystery series and she'll ​read from ​Idyll Threats.
.* Books will be available for sale.








Fri., Dec. 18 at 12 noon Killian Hall (14W-111)

Amanda Casale

   Amanda Casale is an active versatile musical theatre performer throughout the northern New England area.  She recently performed the role of Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening at the Eastern Massachusetts ACT State Festival Competition, which earned eight Festival awards including Best Ensemble and Best Production.  The production then moved to the 2015 New England Regional Festival, where the cast and crew again took home the Best Ensemble award and placed Runner-Up for Best New England Regional Production.  She also sang the role of Jo March in Little Women: the Musical both in October 2014 and February 2015.  No stranger to playing roles multiple times, Amanda has also reprised the roles of Catherine Hiatt in The Last Five Years and Lily St. Regis in Annie.  She has performed in nearly 25 productions since 2010, and was named one of Pulse Magazine's 13 People to Watch in 2013.  Other favorite roles include Louise in Gypsy and Madeleine Astor in Titanic: the Musical.

          Amanda performs regularly with local cabarets, and is half of the musical cabaret duo "Amanda and Eric: Eric and Amanda".  She is also regularly involved in Spartan Races, fit modeling, sketch art, and sound engineering and design.  In 2014 she won the EMACT Festival award for Best Sound Design for her backing tracks in Spring Awakening, and there is little she enjoys more than getting to listen to other vocalists for extended periods of time.  Amanda graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Biological & Chemical Engineering and Mathematics, and in 2014 earned her Masters in Statistics from Harvard University.  She works for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by day, and at night is the Operations Manager for the Flyleaf Theater Company in addition to dabbling in all things theatre.


           Ryan O’Reilly first appeared on stage at age 8 at his public library, dressed as a rabbit, wearing ears made of construction paper and cotton balls.  Since then, Ryan has leveraged his creativity in developing his performance skills, allowing for a variety of opportunities to perform across the Northeast. 

          While earning his  B.A. in English Literature and Rhetoric, Professional Writing from the University of Hartford, Ryan toured college campuses, performing as a founding member of the ICCA award-winning a cappella  group, Mouth Noise.   The experience balancing performances and schoolwork  taught Ryan the value of prioritizing artistic and creative outlets  in his life.

          In the last year, while working as a proposal writer at a Boston based software company, Ryan has enjoyed performing in multiple theater productions. Roles include Georg in 2015 New England Regional Festival award winning Spring Awakening, Jess/Cutter in See Rock City & Other Destinations at Flyleaf Theater Company, and Jamie in The Last 5 Years with Lexington Players.


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