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When Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians are not on stage at Symphony Hall, half of them are across the street at NEC, teaching the next generation of orchestra players. More on this.

These BSO teachers also star in NEC concerts. And we return the favor with an Insight Series that adds context to BSO programs that mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. More on this.

In addition, we offer a prelude concert series, Do You Hear What I Hear? with each program curated by a composer whose commissioned works the BSO performs this season. The NEC concerts immediately precede each composer's Thursday night BSO premiere concert.

You will find links to these along with other NEC concerts that have a BSO connection, plus BSO concerts that feature NEC artists. Whether or not you have a BSO subscription, we hope to enrich your encounters with one of the world's greatest orchestras!

Upcoming performances

2015-09-30 Schuller: Dreamscape
Hugh Wolff leads the NEC Philharmonic in work by former NEC president. Dreamscape had its first BSO performances at Tanglewood in 2012, and its Symphony Hall premiere in April 2015.

2015-10-11 Boston Cello Quartet
New NEC Preparatory School ensemble-in-residence is made up of four BSO cellists: Blaise Déjardin '07 M.M., '08 G.D., Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu, Alexandre Lecarme.

2015-10-15 Strauss: Elektra at BSO
Cast includes NEC alumni Claudia Huckle '05 DP, Kevin Langan '77.

2015-10-27 Stephenson: Duo Fantastique
William Drury leads NEC Symphonic Winds in double trumpet concerto, with retired BSO/NEC faculty Charles Schlueter as one of the soloists.

2015-11-02 Nielsen: Quintet for Winds
Performed in "First Monday at Jordan Hall" series by BSO/NEC faculty members Cynthia Meyers (Flute), John Ferrillo (Oboe), Michael Wayne (Clarinet), Richard Ranti (Bassoon), Jason Snider (Horn). Meyers also performs in the Schubert flute quartet on this concert.

2015-11-05 Do You Hear What I Hear? Unsuk Chin
Immediately prior to premiere of Chin's Mannequin at BSO, NEC students perform works selected by the composer.

2015-11-15 Flower: Shamu and Clinical at Boston Symphony Chamber Players
Works by NEC alumnus Jeremy Flower '01 feature the composer on computer and piano.

2015-12-02 Second chances: Shostakovich 8
David Loebel leads the NEC Philharmonia in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8. It's a great opportunity to hear two great orchestras perform this work, which is on BSO programs starting March 24.

2016-01-07 Mozart: Concerto in C for flute and harp, K.299 at BSO
Soloists are BSO/NEC faculty members Elizabeth Rowe and Jessica Zhou.

2016-01-28 Mendelssohn: Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream at BSO
Soloists include soprano Amanda Forsythe '01 M.M.

2016-02-03 Insights Series: Shakespeare
David Loebel leads the NEC Symphony in Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture.

2016-02-10 Second chances: Dutilleux
Hugh Wolff leads the NEC Philharmonia in Dutilleux's Métaboles. It's a great opportunity to hear two great orchestras perform this work, which is on BSO programs starting April 21—or simply to increase your exposure to this too-seldom-performed composer, who also appears on BSO programs starting January 14 and February 25, in celebration of his centennial year.

2016-02-11 Do You Hear What I Hear? George Tsontakis
Immediately prior to premiere of Tsontakis's Sonnets at BSO, NEC students perform works selected by the composer.

2016-03-10 Herbert Blomstedt conducts BSO
NEC alumnus Herbert Blomstedt, former director of the San Francisco Symphony and several European orchestras, is guest conductor for all-Beethoven concerts.

2016-03-16 Second chances: Shostakovich 5
Hugh Wolff leads the NEC Philharmonia in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. It's a great opportunity to hear two great orchestras perform this work, which is on BSO programs starting November 19.

2016-04-07 Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat for violin and viola, K.364 at BSO
BSO/NEC faculty member Malcolm Lowe is a featured soloist.

2016-04-27 NEC Philharmonia at Symphony Hall
Hugh Wolff leads the NEC Philharmonia at Boston's Symphony Hall, the BSO's home. The program includes Andrew Norman's Drip Blip Sparkle Spin Glint Glide Glow Float Flop Chop Pop Shatter Splash; John Adams's Concerto for Violin with soloist Alexi Kenney, an NEC Artist Diploma student; and Stravinsky's Firebird. This is a ticketed event. Tickets will be available for purchase in early 2016.

2015-09-01


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