Boston College High School held a 10-year anniversary commemoration concert on Sun., Oct. 15 to mark the school’s newly renovated Bulger Performing Arts Center.
The Performing Arts Center is named for Gregory E. Bulger, a trustee of the Gregory E. Bulger Foundation which he created in 2003 to provide support for the performing arts in the greater Boston area. Bulger currently serves as Trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO).
The anniversary event was directed by Kristo Kondakci ’09, conductor of the Eureka Ensemble, assistant conductor of the Boston Landmark Orchestra and conducting fellow of the Boston Philharmonic. The concert’s Master of Ceremonies was Dorchester’s own Ron Della Chiesa, known as the voice of the BSO.
The event kicked off with speeches given by BC High Board Chair Reverend Brian Conley, SJ, current president Grace Regan P’12, former president Bill Kemeza and BC High Trustee, Gregory Bulger ’68.
With the venue’s newly enhanced audio, lighting and overall upgrade, BC High students and alumni could perform in a perfect spot for Bulger and guests. Many musical genres were featured including Puccini, Jacques Brel, Strauss and liturgical selections.
Four groups of BC High students performed one number each: The Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Matthew Finnegan, the Dever Players directed by Janet PetitBon, the Liturgical Musicians conducted by Margaret Felice and the Chamber Choir directed by Dr. Marina Rosenberg.
Alumni performers included Eric Hewitt ’97, music director of the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, accomplished tenor Matthew DiBattista ’91 along with a BSO quartet, the Eureka Ensemble and Ken and Bonnie Bewick.