Bravo to In Mo Yang, student of Miriam Fried, on his NY debut!
The New York Times writes “Mr. Yang brought improvisatory freedom to these bursts of virtuosic passage work, while maintaining cool assurance. The rich sound he drew from his violin had lovely bloom during sustained passages and lean, silvery colorings during fleet ones.”
In Mo was the winner of the 2014 Concert Artist Guild Competition, and this concert was part of that prize.
Members of the NEC Philharmonia backstage at Symphony Hall before their season ending performance. All photos: Andrew Hurlbut for NEC
Re-visiting this as we close out another amazing orchestral season tonight!
The work on the Student Life and Performance Center continues as we now must remove the tower crane on the construction site.
Please note the following information:
Beginning at 2:30 am, Saturday, April 30 and continuing to 7 pm, Sunday evening, May 1, St. Botolph Street will be closed to automobile traffic to accommodate a large number of trucks delivering the materials necessary for crane removal.
What you can expect:
There will be no changes to the current pedestrian traffic flow. And extra security and police details will be available to assist at the designated crosswalks throughout the day and evening.
For our students in the Residence Hall, expect some banging and back up horns in the early morning hours. The noise should subside by 7 pm Sunday evening.
For our PREP families dropping off students, two drop off areas will be available:
• One area will be designated on Huntington Avenue, in front of the Jordan Hall 290 entrance. Students may enter there, through the student lounge entrance, or proceed via the sidewalks to their classes/rehearsals.
• You may turn onto St. Botolph from Mass Ave and proceed just to the entrance of 241 St. Botolph, where you may then make a U turn to exit. Expect to see signage that says the road is closed to through traffic, but you may enter to drop off your child. You may also proceed through the alley to access Huntington Avenue.
Please see the diagram below indicating these two drop off areas:
There will be no street parking available on Gainsborough in front of the Residence Hall, from Huntington Ave to St. Botolph. Traffic will be open on Gainsborough with access to the Gainsborough Garage, but there will be no left turn available on St. Botolph.
For student pick up, we encourage you to find parking, as there will be very little accommodation for you to wait for your children, so please plan accordingly. Due to expected traffic volume, please plan on more time for your commute and an earlier arrival.
For concert patrons attending the Susan Graham masterclass or the International Jazz Day concert on Saturday, or the numerous NEC student recitals spanning both days, or the Celebrity Series concert Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, the Jordan Hall entrance on Huntington Avenue will also be open.
Please know we are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and maximize our students’ safety as we complete this phase of construction.
Many thanks for your cooperation.
Sonata for Horns…a good way to start the day.
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The Ladles: Hands of Time
The estate of world-renowned violinist, educator, and NEC alum Si-Hon Ma ’50 M.M, ’52 A.D. has gifted the 1714 “Joachim-Ma” Stradivarius violin to New England Conservatory. The 300-year-old instrument was previously owned by 19th-century Hungarian virtuoso Joseph Joachim (1831–1907), who purchased the instrument now known as “Joachim-Ma” when he was only 18. Joachim owned no fewer than 10 Stradivari violins during his lifetime, but he is most closely associated with this Cremona-built violin, which was most likely the violin he played when he premiered the Brahms Violin Concerto Opus 77 in 1879. Joachim and Ma were united by a similar artistic path, as Ma’s teachers Alfred Wittenberg and Richard Burgin were both students to Joachim. Ma purchased the Stradivari owned by Joachim on August 15, 1967—the 60th anniversary of the death of Joachim—and performed on it for almost his entire career. The violin is now named after both musicians.
The History of the “Joachim-Ma”
The “Joachim-Ma” was made during Stradivari’s “golden period” and resembles other great instruments of the time such as the “Dolphin” of 1714 and the “Titian” of 1715. Up until now, it has been on display in close proximity to another Stradivari held by Joachim, the “Cremonese” of 1715, which was given to him in 1889. Although the “Cremonese” is slightly larger, the “Joachim-Ma” is also built on a large form. It is regarded as one of Stradivari’s finest-sounding violins.
You know why…