Wonder In Unity Concert

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Collaborative concert featuring Project STEP alumna Mariana Green Hill, STEP students, and Longwood Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, October 28, 2023
Reception (Orchestra Level ticket purchasers) 7:00 pm – Sponsored by New England BioLabs
Concert 8:00 pm

Ticket funds and donations support Project STEP. $50/$35
***$50 tickets include a pre-concert reception at 7 pm in the Keller Room Sponsored by New England BioLabs and entry to win a $50 gift card Grafton Street Restaurant in Cambridge, MA and a limited edition print by local artist Jodie Baehre.

Join us for an evening at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall featuring Project STEP alumna Mariana Green-Hill, violin, Project STEP student musicians, and Longwood Symphony Orchestra. This incredible evening also introduces Boston to Longwood Symphony Orchestra‘s (LSO) new Music Director Jotaro Nakano. Project STEP is honored to collaborate with Nakano, LSO, and Ms. Hill whom also serves as the Artistic Advisor at Project STEP, as well as a member of the string faculty. All funds from the concert and reception support Project STEP’s students and program.

Where your ticket funds are going: For over 40 years Project STEP continues to advocate for early and long-term access to high-quality classical string training for our student musicians, providing a creative and safe learning environment for a successful future. Thanks to the generosity of friends like you, we are able to amplify the stories and voices of our young musicians of color.

Jotaro Nakano, Music Director | Mariana Green-Hill, violin

VALERIE COLEMAN Umoja: Anthem of Unity

JOSEPH BOLOGNE, CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES Violin Concerto in G major, Op. 2, No. 1



Mariana Green-Hill began studying violin at the age of four. At age nine she auditioned into Project STEP, and under its auspices Ms. Green-Hill studied at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School. Her teachers included Farhoud Moshfegh, the late Marylou Speaker Churchill, then Principal Second Violin of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Tamara Smirnova, Assistant Concert Master of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Green-Hill received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music. Ms. Green-Hill is a Second, Third and Best Tone Award Winner of the Sphinx Competition and placed First in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Competition, the 17th Annual NAACP Act-So Competition, and the Chinese American Art Society Competition. Ms. Green-Hill has been a featured guest soloist with the Memphis, New Jersey, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, Symphony Pro Musica, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and the Cape Ann Symphony. Ms. Green-Hill is a member of the Young Eight, a group of emerging African American artists who perform chamber music throughout the country. She is concertmaster of the Soulful Symphony in Baltimore. For eight years she was the second violinist of the Amaryllis String Quartet. She currently teaches at the Boston Arts Academy and Orchard Gardens Pilot School, as well as privately. She is Artistic Advisor of Project STEP where she consults with the Artistic Director and Executive Director on issues pertaining to the Youth Preparatory, Preparatory and Pre-College Divisions. She also assists with content and student selection from the FOCUS program. In conjunction with the Artistic Director and the Executive Director, she helps develop curriculum for the program. She is a wonderful resource and mentor for students, parents, and faculty. Photo above by Asiam Designs