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An exclusive one-night event

featuring the works of Jonathan Bailey Holland
November 7 @ 7:30 pm, 2019 at the Room&Board Boston Showroom

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Critics rave...

"[Durang's] outrageous scenarios and relentlessly savage humor are always entertaining [...] in opera such excesses are just what the genre calls for. It helps that Bailey Holland’s score perfectly suits Naomi’s unhinged characters; the music is a tug-of-war between tonally ambiguous figures repeating in manic alternation and Pucciniesque outbursts played for laughs."

The Boston Musical Intelligencer Review

The Experience

Tickets to this event are limited

Join us for a poignant and raucous evening of short operas by Boston's own Jonathan Bailey Holland, hailed by WBUR as one of "opera theater's most innovative composers." This one-night-only performance will include the wildly popular Naomi in the Living Room, along with Always and The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry. In standard BOC fashion, you'll be close to the action at the chic and cozy Room&Board showroom, with food and drink kicking off the night.


Thursday, November 7, 7:30pm

375 Newbury Street, Boston 02115

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The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry, by Bailey Holland, composer and librettist, was a masterpiece of lyricism and understatement. Holland created a soaring and moving tribute to our fragility.”

— The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Jonathan Bailey Holland

A native of Flint, MI, composer Jonathan Bailey Holland’s works have been commissioned and performed by orchestras and chamber ensembles across America. Most recently, he served as the Composer-In-Residence of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the 2018-19 season—the first composer to serve that role with that orchestra.


Highlights of his 2019-20 season include a commission by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum inspired by John Singer Sargent’s dance-inspired painting, “El Jaleo.” He will be featured on the American Composers Orchestra season at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall where he will orchestrate two Charles Ives songs to be sung by mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. The Aeolus Quartet and the Arx Duo premiere his latest work, Third Quartet, for string quartet and percussion duo. Boston Opera Collaborative will delve into an evening of Holland’s works; the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival performs His House is Not of This Land as part of the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music; and his music will appear on the Juventas New Music Ensemble season.

Other notable highlights from recent seasons include the premiere of his work Ode by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, his fifth work for the orchestra, following the initial commission in 2003 of Halcyon Sun, written to celebrate the opening of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; the release of Synchrony, a powerful classical music statement on Black Lives Matter on Radius Ensemble’s Fresh Paint CD; the commission of Equality for narrator and orchestra by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra featuring the poetry of Maya Angelou with narration by actor Regina Taylor and rapper/actor Common; and the premiere of Forged Sanctuaries by Curtis on Tour, commissioned to commemorate the centennial of National Park Service. His piece Clarity of Cold Air has been performed on tour this past season by Eighth Blackbird.

A winner of a Mass Cultural Council 2019 artist fellowship, Holland is also a recipient of a 2015 Fromm Foundation Commission at Harvard University. He has received honors from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, American Music Center, ASCAP, the Presser Foundation, and more. He has served as Composer-in-Residence for the Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota (currently Vocal Essence); Ritz Chamber Players; Detroit and South Bend Symphony Orchestras; and the Radius Ensemble. His music has been recorded by the Cincinnati Symphony; the University of Texas Trombone Choir; trumpeter Jack Sutte; and flutist Christopher Chaffee, among others. 

His works have been performed by symphony orchestras across America, and he has been commissioned by the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, among others. Future collaborations and performances are scheduled by the Arx Duo, Buffalo Philharmonic, Concord Chorus, Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, and Eighth Blackbird, and more.


Holland earned a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University and studied composition with Ned Rorem at the Curtis Institute of Music. He is Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Faculty Co-Chair of the Music Composition program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Cast & Creative Team

The Cast



Public Transportation

Take the Green Line or the No. 1 bus to Hynes Convention Center. 


The closest parking garage is the Hynes Auditorium Garage, at 50 Dalton Street. There are also metered spots around the area on Mass Ave and Newbury Street.

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