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Puerto Abierto (Open Port) MIFA Victory Players in Concert

Dates & Times:

Friday, May 31, 2024 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 7:30 PM

Venue: Holyoke Media Studio, 1 Court Plaza (23 Suffolk Street), Holyoke, MA 01040

Tickets: $22.00

MIFA Victory Theatre presents the Holyoke Premiere of the MIFA Victory Players in concert “Puerto Abierto (Open Port).” “Puerto Abierto (Open Port),” celebrates the open exchange of ideas in the Caribbean-American community in the United States. The Victory Players explore the legacy of the Caribbean and Puerto Rico as a rich confluence of ideas and influences.

"Puerto Abierto" includes world premieres of completed commissioned music by composers Eric Lemmon, Cole Reyes, Nicholas Villane, and Julio Elvin Quiñones. Performed by the MIFA Victory Players ensemble Nathan Ben-Yehuda (Piano), Linda Hwang (Cello), Giovanni A. Pérez (Flute), Robert Rocheteau (Percussion), Eric Schultz (Clarinet), and Justin Ouellet (Violin) with Tianhui Ng, Music Director. 

The residency and concerts will include newly commissioned composers Sonia Morales and Luis Quintana, who will workshop and rehearse with the ensemble during the residency.  Excerpts of their works-in-progress will be performed at Friday and Saturday’s concerts. The composers will then have the rest of the year to complete their compositions, which will be premiered in full in the June 2025 Holyoke Residency and Concert. 

Education and Outreach

As part of the Victory Players annual residency, the ensemble will give educational concerts for students from Holyoke’s E. N. White School and South Hadley’s Plains Elementary School. Additional community events will be held at Holyoke Media in collaboration with Nueva Esperanza and Holyoke High School. See our Education Program


Design Consultant, Vanessa James

Lighting Assistant, Jemma Kepner

Ensemble Manager, Abigail McNally

Recording Engineer, Alan Matted

Video Engineer, Iohann Rashi Vega

Stage Manager, Emese Nemeth

Box Office Assistant, Alexis Diaz

Percussion Assistant, Maddy Dethloff

Piani Tuner, Luck Ouellette

A Special Thank You to Mount Holyoke College.


Support from


Made Possible By

Victory Theatre Catalyst Donors Donald and Michele D'Amour

John and Elizabeth Armstrong


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