Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Papatopoli.
Linda, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always had a love of history, literature, and world culture. In my career as a classical pianist and educator, I began programming events that combined these interests, enriching my musical performances with context and variety. Little by little–like the Pied Piper–like-minded people joined me, and in 2010 The Boston Arts Consort was born, a performing arts group made up of area and international artists, poets, a lecturer, dancer, and chef.
A central fascination for us has been the classical and traditional music and culture of Spain, We’ve performed music of the great Spanish classical composers as well as flamenco, explored it poets and cooked its food. In the inaugural year of Boston Artweek we brought to Boston Spain’s unique opera form, “Zarzuela”. Recently we explored Czech culture with a program of music and poetry to accompany the gallery opening of Copley artist Gary Tucker’s watercolors of Prague. Our events are often interactive, always friendly, and almost always offer a culinary reception that reflects the program. We love what we do!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The “smooth” road has been the enjoyment in planning thepov programs, the camaraderie between our members, and our community with the audience; The “struggles” have been keeping up with our continuing success and sustaining our artistic growth financially–the latter a challenge for all artists in today’s society!
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Faith in my vision and tenacity.
- Our programs range from free, to $15 to $25, depending on the venue and program, almost always with cullinary reception.
- Address: The Boston Arts Consort
c/o Linda Papatopoli, Director
16 Burnham Street, Somerville, MA 02144
- Website: bostonartsconsort.org
- Phone: 617=666-7973
- Email: email@example.com
Portrait images by photographer Peter Brown.