July 10, 2013

New England Conservatory Announces 2013-2014 Season To Feature Nearly 1,000 Events, Including:

 

Thought-Provoking, Multi-Genre Festival, Music: Truth to Power, Featuring Return of Calderwood Director of Orchestras Hugh Wolff and NEC Philharmonia to Symphony Hall, and North American Premiere of Tan Dun’s Concerto for Orchestra

Presentation of Britten Centennial Celebration, and Beethoven and the Piano Series in Conjunction with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

World Premieres of new works by Gunther Schuller, Kati Agócs and Live Performance Premiere of Charles Mingus’ Half Mast Inhibitions

NEC Philharmonia Performances Led By Acclaimed Guest Conductors Jeffrey Kahane, Julian Kuerti, and Christopher Wilkins

Open-to-the-Public Masterclasses by Internationally Celebrated Musicians Mezzo-Soprano Marilyn Horne, Tenor William Burden, Baritone Thomas Hampson, and Violists James Dunham and Thomas Riebl

Three Opera Productions: Two Main Stage at the Cutler Majestic Plus Concert Version of La Clemenza di Tito Led by Guest Conductor Stephen Lord, one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in Opera” - Opera News

New Partnership with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts Features NEC Ensembles Performing in Galleries

Concert Choir and Chamber Singers in Connecticut Performances of Brahms Requiem in Collaboration with New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Performances by Distinguished NEC Faculty Including:Recitals by Russell Sherman, Kim Kashkashian, Hung-Kuan Chen, Gabriel Chodos, James Buswell, Stephen Drury, Natasha Brofsky, Kenneth Radnofsky, and BSO members Toby Oft, Stephen Lange, Jason Snider

Chamber Music Concerts by the Weilerstein Trio, Trio Cleonice, and Borromeo String Quartet

Plus Popular First Monday at Jordan Hall, Music for Food Series, and more

 

Boston, MA—New England Conservatory President Tony Woodcock today announced the Conservatory’s 2013-2014 concert season, which will feature nearly 1,000 events, the majority of which continue the tradition of being free and open to the public (excepting the staged operas and Symphony Hall concert).

“Next season, NEC’s 147th year in operation, our performance schedule will showcase the Conservatory’s great distinction and distinctiveness through the richness and variety of the repertory and styles,” Woodcock said. “The centerpiece will be a year-long, multi-genre, all-school festival we’re calling Music: Truth to Power. At its heart is the idea that music has always served as an expression and catalyst of change, whether political, societal, psychological or artistic. All of our ensembles and all of the musical idioms that thrive at NEC will be involved—from classical to jazz, from contemporary improvisation to folk and world music.

“NEC will also celebrate the 100th birthday of the late, great English composer Benjamin Britten and the extraordinary wealth of music represented by Beethoven’s piano works. These two mini-festivals will take place in conjunction and partnership with the Boston Symphony Orchestra which is performing the Britten War Requiem and Beethoven’s five Piano Concerti. Along with the Museum of Fine Arts, John F. Kennedy Library, and Harvard University, NEC will be providing ancillary events through the BSO’s new Insights series that will enhance listeners’ experience of the two composers.

“None of this could happen without the creativity of our brilliant faculty, which next year will be augmented by several stellar new appointments. The great dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen joins the voice department along with Steven Goldstein, actor, director, singer, and acting teacher, who joins the opera faculty and completes our opera dream team.”                    

Highlights of the season include:

Music: Truth to Power
A year-long, school-wide, multi-genre festival, Music: Truth to Power spotlights music as an expression of social, political, and artistic change. As with the resoundingly successful Mahler Unleashed festival two years ago, the season’s centerpiece will involve the Conservatory’s many performing ensembles and academic departments, characterized by the remarkable diversity of musical styles that is unique to NEC. Kick-off events for Music: Truth to Power  will be held in September and October, and include the North American premiere (September 25) of Tan Dun’s Concerto for Orchestra (from Marco Polo). The majority of the festival takes place in February, March, and April 2014, climaxing with the festival’s penultimate event (April 23, 2014) - the return of the NEC Philharmonia and Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras Hugh Wolff to Boston’s Symphony Hall for the first time since 2010. That concert, which is being presented in association with the Celebrity Series of Boston, features Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Xiang Yu, Artist Diploma candidate and 2010 winner of the Menuhin International Violin Competition, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 in G-minor, Op. 103 (The Year 1905).

Festival works of note include James Whitbourn’s cantata Annelies, based on the diaries of Anne Frank and preceded by a pre-concert talk by NEC’s Erica Washburn and James Klein (October 24); Jan Ladislav Dussek’s The Sufferings of the Queen of France, a programmatic piano work with interpolated texts depicting the end of the French monarchy (February 11, 2014); several programs of Ghanaian music; folk music from the Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements; Berio’s O King, a memorial tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King (January 28, 2014); Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Suite (March 5, 2014); and John Harbison’s Abu Graib, a cello and piano work stimulated by the troubling events in the Iraqi prison (January 28, 2014).

Surrounding the performances will be panel discussions and symposia with potential subjects to include: At the Barricades Now: Music under Siege (Mali, Afghanistan, Iran…); The American Protest: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements; Music and Totalitarian Regimes: Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia; and How Music Provokes: What makes it revolutionary?

Highlights of Music: Truth to Power events and participants from NEC’s Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation departments, and the Intercultural Institute, will be announced in separate future releases.

Dates and details of highlighted events may be found at the end of the release.

Britten and Beethoven
This season NEC is proud to present two mini-festivals as part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s new Insights series and in conjunction with the BSO’s performances of the Britten War Requiem and the five Beethoven Piano Concerti.  NEC joins other partners—the Museum of Fine Arts, John F. Kennedy Library, and Harvard University—to present ancillary events that will enrich listeners’ experience of the works of Britten and Beethoven. The first constellation of events, a celebration of English composer Benjamin Britten’s Centenary, will feature chamber music, vocal and smaller orchestral works by the composer. The second, an exploration of Beethoven’s piano works, Beethoven and the Piano, will juxtapose Beethoven Sonatas with piano works from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

Maestro David Loebel will conduct the NEC Philharmonia in Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem (December 4). Maestro Hugh Wolff will lead the Philharmonia (December 11, 2013) in either the Violin or Cello Concerto pending the outcome of the student concerto competition. NEC’s conductorless Chamber Orchestra, coached by Donald Palma, will offer two Britten works on November 20 (two days before the composer’s actual 100th birthday): Les Illuminations with soprano Nataly Wickham (a student of Jane Eaglen) and Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge. The Borromeo String Quartet will perform the Britten Second String Quartet on the First Monday at Jordan Hall performance (December 2, 2013), John Heiss will coach a performance of the Third String Quartet on a Contemporary Ensemble program (October 28, 2013). In addition, Cameron Stowe and Tanya Blaich will coach two Liederabend programs devoted to Britten songs, and Erica Washburn, Director of Choral Activities, will direct NEC choruses in the Ceremony of Carols and other Christmas-themed works (December 13, 2013).

For Beethoven and the Piano, NEC students will present Beethoven Sonatas in the context of major piano works that came before and after, demonstrating the influence of earlier composers and Beethoven’s own legacy to the future.

World Premiere of Gunther Schuller New Work

Conductor Charles Peltz will lead the NEC Wind Ensemble in the world premiere of a new work by former NEC President and composer Gunther Schuller (February 13, 2014) as part of a program probing the melding of jazz and classical styles into Third Stream. It was Mr. Schuller, a classical horn player, jazz performer, conductor, and historian, who in the 1960s conceived the idea of Third Stream and created the unique Third Stream department (now known as Contemporary Improvisation) at NEC. Also on the concert will be works exemplifying Third Stream idioms by such disparate composers as Milton Babbitt, Charles Mingus, George Russell, and Frank Zappa. Among the featured works is the live performance premiere of Charles Mingus’ Half Mast Inhibitions for solo cello and jazz orchestra, recorded in 1960 with Mr. Schuller conducting.

New Partnership with Museum of Fine Arts

NEC will partner with its neighbor on the Avenue of the Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, in a series of gallery performances featuring chamber music ensembles and themes linking music and art.  The kick-off event will be Music in Proust (November 10) celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way, the first volume in the epochal novel, À la recherche du temps perdu. The lecture/performance, curated by Katarina Markovic, Chair, Music History Department at NEC, incorporates readings and performance, and will feature NEC President Tony Woodcock, his wife Virginia Woodcock, and NEC musicians. It will attempt to trace the source or sources of the haunting “little phrase” that Proust ascribed to a fictional composer, Vinteuil.

Throughout the year, NEC ensembles will also perform Sound Bites, in MFA galleries. These programs include Homegrown Exotic (November 14, 2013) with NEC’s Percussion Ensemble performing Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra, with Nicholas Kitchen, first violin of the Borromeo String Quartet, as featured soloist; Beethoven’s Birthday (December 10, 2013) featuring student ensembles from NEC’s Beethoven Quartet Symposium; Art of the String Quartet (February 13, 2014) with NEC Honors Ensembles; and Off the Score: Beethoven’s Legacy among Contemporary Improvisers (March 13, 2014), with musicians from NEC’s groundbreaking Contemporary Improvisation program, now 40 years old, offering their special improvisatory spin in honor of the great improviser himself.

In addition, jazz ensembles will perform in the museum during the spring.

Orchestra Concerts
Under the leadership of Calderwood Director of Orchestras Hugh Wolff and Associate Director of Orchestras David Loebel, NEC’s three orchestras have been acclaimed for their brilliant and passionate playing. Most recently, the Boston Musical-Intelligencer wrote of the “emotional electricity” generated by the NEC Philharmonia’s (NEC’s senior-most orchestra) performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, when “a packed Jordan Hall erupted in spontaneous shouting and an extended ovation at the climax…”

In addition to Maestros Wolff and Loebel, this season’s conductors will include guests Julian Kuerti, Jeffrey Kahane and Christopher Wilkins. Kuerti and Kahane are both returning for a second time to NEC (October 23 and November 6 respectfully), where they will lead programs with the NEC Philharmonia.

Maestro Kuerti’s program pairs two works inspired by the Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream: Mendelssohn’s Overture from his Incidental Music for the play and Hans Werner Henze’s infrequently performed Symphony No. 8 (“brilliantly evocative, and astoundingly beautiful” – James Leonard, Allmusic.com)

Maestro Kahane’s program will feature the conductor/pianist leading a Mozart Concerto from the keyboard and then returning to the podium to conduct John Adams’ Harmonielehre.

Maestro Wilkins’ concert (March 31, 2014) is highlighted by such revolutionary works as Charles Ives’ The General Slocum and The Yale-Princeton Football Game, and the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique.

Throughout the orchestra season, repertory will be integrated with the themes of the Music: Truth to Power festival or with the Britten celebration. Hugh Wolff will conduct an excerpt from the rarely heard Shostakovich Symphony No. 2 “To October,” written on the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution and including a choral paean to Lenin (February 12, 2014). David Loebel will conduct Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Suite, extracted from his anti-capitalist, anti-opera, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; the Berg Violin Concerto (which dates from the politically tumultuous Europe of the 1930s) with a student soloist; and Hindemith’s Symphony: Mathis der Maler, a work that pits the protagonist artist against a repressive political regime ((March 5, 2014). Loebel will also lead the NEC Symphony in Joseph Schwantner’s Martin Luther King-inspired work New Morning for the World with a guest narrator (February 5, 2014).

The NEC Preparatory School’s senior-most orchestra, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform four programs (November 22, 2013, February 15, 2014, May 14, 2014, June 1, 2014), including returning to the Boston Opera House to join the Boston Ballet School’s annual Next Generation celebration. The YPO will this year enjoy new permanent leadership and a direct connection to the NEC college program as David Loebel becomes Music Director and Hugh Wolff becomes Resident Conductor.   Loebel will conduct two programs and Wolff will lead one, while the Boston Ballet’s Jonathan McPhee will conduct the Next Generation program.

Masterclasses by Renowned Artists

NEC is particularly fortunate to benefit from coaching residencies by international musicians who share their interpretive and technical insights with students. In fall 2013, renowned mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne will be in residence for four days, during which she will lead two public masterclasses (October 8 and 11). Metropolitan Opera tenor William Burden will also work individually with NEC opera students and conduct public masterclasses (November 11 and 13). Baritone Thomas Hampson will lead a public masterclass (March 6, 2014) and will also receive an honorary doctorate from NEC on that occasion.

In addition, guest artists appearing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Celebrity Series of Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, and other ensembles will present masterclasses. Among those are violists James Dunham (October 18), former member of the Cleveland Quartet, current violist for the Axelrod Quartet, and Professor of viola and chamber music at Rice University; and Thomas Riebl (February 27 and 28, 2014), 1982 Naumburg Competition winner, viola soloist with international orchestras, and Professor at the University Mozart Salzburg.

Opera

Stephen Lord, Artistic Advisor of Opera Studies, Music Director of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, international guest conductor and former music director of Boston Lyric Opera, opens NEC’s 2013-14 opera season with Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (October 2) in a Jordan Hall concert staging by Joshua Major, Chair of Opera Studies. NEC will also produce two main stage operas (to be announced in the fall) in February and April 2014 at the Cutler Majestic Theater.

Contemporary Music

Coached by Stephen Drury, John Heiss, and other faculty, an exceptionally wide range of 20th and 21st century works will be performed by NEC chamber groups. Heiss, who directs the NEC Contemporary Ensemble, plans works by Messiaen, Xenakis and Schoenberg as well as two Music: Truth to Power-themed worksHarbison’s Abu Graib and Berio’s O King (January 28). Among other contemporary music highlights will be a residency and concert (April 14) by composer John Zorn.

Voice and Chorus

NEC’s choral ensembles under the direction of Erica Washburn will contribute significantly to both the Music:Truth to Power festival and the Britten Centennial. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers open their season with the Whitbourn cantata, Annelies, and works by Pizzetti, Milhaud, and Distler that were composed during the lifetime of Anne Frank (October 24).  The singers will also perform Britten’s Lessons and Carols and other works, during their annual Christmas-themed appearance (December 13) at Boston’s Church of the Covenant. They will join the NEC Philharmonia and Hugh Wolff for the Beethoven Ninth and Shostakovich Second Symphony, (February 12, 2014) and collaborate with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Music director William Boughton for two performances (April 24 and 25, 2014) of the Brahms Requiem in New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut.

Distinguished Faculty Recitals and Chamber Concerts

NEC’s distinguished world-class faculty artists regularly give recitals in NEC’s renowned Jordan Hall. This year, Russell Sherman, Distinguished Artist in Residence, returns for a program that juxtaposes Chopin’s 24 Preludes Op. 28 with Arnold Schoenberg’s Drei Klavierstuecke, Op. 11, Debussy’s Estampes, and Scriabin’s Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 30 (September 29). Other faculty recitalists include pianists Gabriel Chodos (October 21), Hung-Kuan Chen (November 3, 2013), Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek (January 15, 2014), Stephen Drury (January 16); violist Kim Kashkashian with frequent piano partner Robert Levin in music of Schubert, Brahms and Argentinian songs (February 24, 2014); violinist James Buswell (March 25, 2014); baritone Michael Meraw (November 26); saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky (February 17, 2014); and cellist Natasha Brofsky (January 13, 2014). Also three Boston Symphony Orchestra/NEC faculty members will give recitals including: BSO Principal Trombone Toby Oft (September 11, 2013), Stephen Lange, BSO trombone and Jason Snider, BSO horn will perform together (November 25, 2013). BSO trumpeters including Principal Thomas Rolfs, Benjamin Wright, Thomas Siders, and Michael Martin, will be concerto soloists with the NEC Wind Ensemble (November 12, 2013).

Chamber music is one of the cornerstones of NEC’s educational program because it encompasses some of the world’s greatest repertory and because performing it enhances young musicians’ artistry through collaborative give-and-take and intense listening. NEC’s faculty boasts numerous performers with profound experience in the chamber music repertory, which they share with student ensembles.

Performances include the annual concert by NEC’s Weilerstein Trio (Donald Weilerstein, violin; Alisa Weilerstein, cello; and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano) (November 25); Trio Cleonice (Ari-Isaacman Beck, violin; Emely Phelps, piano; Gwen Krosnick, cello), coached by Vivian Hornik Weilerstein through NEC’s Professional Piano Trio Training Program, (March 4, 2014); and NEC’s Borromeo String Quartet  (Nicholas Kitchen, Kristopher Tong, violins; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello). The Borromeos will perform the Britten String Quartet No. 2 on a First Monday concert (December 2 ) and the six Bartok String Quartets (January 26, 2014) preceded by an Early Evening concert (January 22, 2014) in which the ensemble talks about and plays musical examples from the Bartok Quartet manuscripts.

First Monday at Jordan Hall, Music for Food and More

NEC’s most popular chamber series, First Monday at Jordan Hall, curated by Laurence Lesser, President emeritus and Naumburg Chair in Music, will present six free concerts on the first Monday nights of October, November, and December and March, April and May, 2014. Highlights include the world premiere of Guggenheim Fellowship winner and faculty composer Kati Agócs’s St. Elizabeth Bells, featuring cellist Paul Katz and Nicholas Tolle on cimbalom (November 4, 2013) and a trio composed of Yura Lee, violin; Russell Sherman, piano, and Lesser on cello, will play the Shostakovich Trio in E minor, Op. 67. Also, as part of the Britten mini-festival, faculty guitarist Eliot Fisk will perform Britten’s Nocturnal after John Dowland (October 7, 2013) and the Borromeo Quartet will perform Britten’s Second String Quartet (December 2, 2013).

NEC faculty and violist Kim Kashkashian’s Music for Food chamber music series will offer three programs (September 23 and December 9, 2013,  March 17, 2014) that benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. This season, the theme of the concerts will be The Sounds of South America. Among guest performers are Argentinian composer Pablo Ziegler, who will lead a 10-person, all-star ensemble (September 23) in new and classic tangos. Admission is free, but patrons are asked to bring either a non-perishable food donation or a cash gift.

Every year, four to five outstanding chamber music groups are selected to be Honors Ensembles. Coached by NEC faculty, they are awarded Jordan Hall concerts that will take place in May 2014.

ABOUT THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S INSIGHTS

In 2013–14, the BSO initiates a fascinating new series—Insights—investigating the worlds surrounding selected works from the orchestra’s repertoire. The BSO presents two Insights series this season, coinciding with its performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in November, and its performances of the five Beethoven Piano Concertos in March.

Britten’s "War Requiem": Music and Pacifism

Written to consecrate the new Coventry Cathedral built after the original structure was destroyed in a World War II bombing raid, Britten’s War Requiem interweaves a setting of the Latin Mass for the Dead with settings of nine poems by Wilfred Owen, the English soldier-poet killed in France at age twenty-five, just one week before the end of World War I. In conjunction with its War Requiem performances (November 7–9) celebrating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the BSO—in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, and New England Conservatory—will present a series of concerts and discussions on the larger theme of Music and Pacifism.

Activities in this Insights series will include a program of chamber music on Sunday, November 3, at the Kennedy Center Library; and, on Thursday, November 7, from 6–7pm, at New England Conservatory, prior to the first of the BSO’s three War Requiem performances, a Prelude Concert devoted to Britten’s song repertoire, and other composers’ settings of World War I poets.

The Five Beethoven Piano Concertos: Beethoven and the Piano

In conjunction with its presentation of the five Beethoven Piano Concertos featuring Yefim Bronfman with conductor Christoph von Dohnányi (March 13–22), the BSO—partnering with New England Conservatory, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Harvard University—presents Beethoven and the Piano, a multi-faceted initiative exploring the composer’s remarkable pianistic legacy as composer, performer, and improviser.

Free public events will include a series of lectures, demonstrations, film screenings, and ancillary performances over a span of two weeks, March 9–22. On Thursday, March 13, as a Prelude Concert to the BSO’s opening concerto program, students from NEC’s Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation program will perform original, improvisation-incorporating compositions as part of the Sound Bites concert series at the Museum of Fine Arts. Other events will include a two-part film series on Sunday, March 9, and Sunday, March 16, also at the MFA, focusing on famous performances of Beethoven solo piano works by such virtuosos as Myra Hess, Wilhelm Backhaus, and Emil Gilels, among others; and a lecture on Monday, March 17, at 7pm by Harvard University Beethoven authority Lewis Lockwood, who will discuss Beethoven’s compositional process.

For further details, visit bso.org For tickets, call SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200 (voice), or 617-638-9289 (TDD/TTY), Monday through Friday from 10am until 6pm and on Saturday from 12noon until 6pm. Or order online at bso.org.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection, which includes an estimated 450,000 objects. The Museum’s collection is made up of: Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger on weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends, and Boston Public Schools holidays; otherwise $10. Wednesday nights after 4 p.m. admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The MFA’s multi-media guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit www.mfa.org or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

ABOUT NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY
A cultural icon approaching its 150th anniversary in 2017, and the oldest independent school of music in the United States, New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized worldwide as a leader among music schools.  Located in Boston, Massachusetts on the  Avenue of the Arts in the Fenway Cultural District of the city, NEC offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC-trained musicians and faculty.

Founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjée, an American music educator, choral conductor and organist, its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, NEC features training in classical, jazz, and contemporary improvisation. Graduate and post-graduate programs supplement these core disciplines with orchestral conducting, and professional chamber music training.  Additional programs, such as Entrepreneurial Musicianship, a cutting-edge program integrating professional and personal skills development into the musical training of students to better develop the skills and knowledge needed to create one’s own musical opportunities, also enhance the NEC experience.

Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, the Conservatory provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students and adults.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation. Currently more than 750 young artists from 46 states and 39 foreign countries attend NEC on the college level, 1,400 young students attend on the Preparatory level, and 325 adults participate in the Continuing Education program.

The only conservatory in the United States designated a National Historic Landmark, NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year. Many of these take place in Jordan Hall (which shares National Historic Landmark status with the school), world-renowned for its superb acoustics and beautifully restored interior. In addition to Jordan Hall, more than a dozen performance spaces of various sizes and configurations are utilized to meet the requirements of the unique range of music performed at NEC, from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to big band jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Center in Boston, and a semi-staged performance in Jordan Hall.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

A schedule of NEC concert highlights for the 2013-14 season follows.

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NEC 2013-14 Season Performance Highlights

(All dates, venues, and programs are subject to change. Please check the NEC web calendar for the most up-to-date information)

All events at NEC’s Jordan Hall unless otherwise indicated.

SEPTEMBER 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Toby Oft, Principal Trombone of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Monday, September 16, 2013
Williams Hall at 6:00—7:30 pm
Lecture/Performance on music of Joshua Fineberg
With Fineberg and pianist Marilyn Nonken (who will also be featured in a piano seminar, Friday
September 20 at 10:00 am in Williams Hall)

Monday, September 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Britten Centennial
Faculty Recital: Erica Washburn, mezzo-soprano
Guest artists Pablo Bustos, tenor; Damien Francoeur-Krzyzak, piano
BRITTEN: Canticle II, Abraham and Isaac
Plus music of Bach, Handel, John Carter, others

Monday, September 23, 2013
NEC’s Brown Hall at 8:00 pm
Music for Food - Curated by violist Kim Kashkashian
Admission by food donation, contribution to Greater Boston Food Bank
The Sounds of South America Pt. 1:New and Classic Tangos
Pablo Ziegler, piano; Paul Biss and Rhiannon Banerdt, violins;Kim Kashkashian, viola; Sasha Scolnik – Brower, cello; Julie Scolnik, flute;
Todd Palmer, clarinet; Stevi Rehncy, bassoon; Robert Schulz, percussion; Donald Palma, contrabass

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Music: Truth to Power Festival
NEC Philharmonia
Hugh Wolff, Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras, conductor
TAN DUN: Concerto for Orchestra (from Marco Polo), North American Premiere
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1

Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm
A Celebration of the Life of Masuko Ushioda (1942—2013)
Remembrances for and musical tributes to the long-time NEC faculty violinist and wife of Laurence Lesser, President emeritus and Naumburg Chair in Music

Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Russell Sherman, Distinguished Artist in Residence, piano
SCHOENBERG: Drei Klavierstuecke, Op. 11
DEBUSSY: Estampes
SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 30
CHOPIN: 24 Preludes, Op. 28

OCTOBER 2014

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm
NEC Philharmonia, NEC Opera students
Stephen Lord, Artistic Advisor, Opera Studies, conductor
Joshua Major, Chair, Opera Studies, director
MOZART: La Clemenza di Tito (concert staging)

Monday, October 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Britten Centennial
First Monday at Jordan Hall-curated by Laurence Lesser
BRITTEN; Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70 
Eliot Fisk, guitar
VERDI: Quartet in E minor 
James Buswell, Gabriela Díaz, violins;Dimitri Murrath, viola; Laurence Lesser, cello
MOZART: Quintet in G minor, K. 516
Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, violins; Dimitri Murrath, Mai Motobuchi, violas; Laurence Lesser, cello

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 7:00 - 9:30 pm
Mezzo soprano Marilyn Horne Public Masterclass

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm
NEC Symphony
David Loebel, conductor
BERLIOZ: Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (Elina Akselrud ’14 M.M., piano soloist, student of Alexander Korsantia)
RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome
ROSSINI: Overture to Guillaume Tell

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm
NEC Wind Ensemble
Charles Peltz, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities, Frank L. Battisti, Conductor emeritus, conduct
Revival of NEC commission and world premiere:
COLGRASS: Winds of Nagual, A Musical Fable for Wind Ensemble on the Writings of Carlos Cataneda (2001)
Also works by Gabrieli, Stravinsky, Grainger (directed by Frank Battisti)

Friday, October 11, 2013
NEC’s Brown Hall at 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Mezzo soprano Marilyn Horne Public Masterclass

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm
NEC Chamber Orchestra (Conductorless ensemble coached by Donald Palma)
Program to include:
SHOSTAKOVICH: Chamber Symphony, Op. 118a (Rudolf Barshai transcription of String Quartet No. 10)
HAYDN: Symphony (tba)

Thursday, October 17, 2013
NEC’s Brown Hall at 9:00 - 10:30 am
Music: Truth to Power Festival
NEC Liberal Arts faculty James Klein
Lecture on the history of Anne Frank and the critical public response to her and her diary, James Whitbourn’s Annelies libretto (to be performed October 24), and how society today does/does not fully understand the ramifications of the Holocaust.

Friday, October 18, 2013
NEC’s Keller Room, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Violist James Dunham Public Masterclass

Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Gabriel Chodos, piano
SCHUBERT:Allegretto in C Minor, D.915
                  Sonata in G-Major
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata Op. 111

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm
NEC Symphonic Winds
William Drury, conductor
TOENSING: Evening Prayers (premiere of wind ensemble arrangement) with Erica Washburn, mezzo soprano.
Also works of Respighi, Firsova

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm
NEC Philharmonia
Julian Kuerti, guest conductor
MENDELSSOHN: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21
HANS WERNER HENZE: Symphony No. 8 (also inspired by the Shakespeare play)
BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture
RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome

Thursday, October 24, 2013
7:00 pm pre-concert talk; 8:00 pm concert
Music: Truth to Power Festival
Pre-Concert Talk: Erica Washburn and James Klein
NEC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
Erica Washburn, Director of Choral Activities, conductor
Shifting Perceptions: The life and times of Anne Frank
WHITBOURN: Annelies (2005 chamber version)
PIZZETTI: Tre Composizioni Corali
MILHAUD: Les Deux Cités
DISTLER: Mörike Chorliederbuch

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Britten Centennial
NEC Contemporary Ensemble
John Heiss, director
BRITTEN: String Quartet No. 3
Also works of Heiss, Ligeti and Brant

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Music of Robert Cogan and Pozzi Escot

NOVEMBER 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Hung-Kuan Chen, piano

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm
First Monday at Jordan Hall—curated by Laurence Lesser
Program includes:
AGÓCS: St. Elizabeth Bells, world premiere
Paul Katz, cello; Nicholas Tolle, cimbalom

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm
NEC Philharmonia
Jeffrey Kahane, guest conductor, pianist
MOZART: Piano Concerto in C-Major, No. 25, K. 503
ADAMS: Harmonielehre

Friday, November 8, 2013
Williams Hall at 6:00 pm
Britten Centennial
Liederabend directed by Cameron Stowe, Tanya Blaich
NEC voice students
BRITTEN: On this Island
BRITTEN: Winter Words
BRITTEN: Canticle 1, 2, or 4
BRITTEN: Selected folk song arrangements

Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Remis Auditorium
Music in Proust
Curated by Katarina Markovic, Chair of NEC Music History and Musicology
With NEC President Tony Woodcock, Virginia Woodcock, speakers
NEC musicians

Monday, November 11, 2013
NEC’s Williams Hall at 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Tenor William Burden Public Masterclass

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm
NEC Wind Ensemble
Charles Peltz, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities
Program to include:
SCHULLER: Symphony for Brass and Percussion
TOMASI: Trumpet Concerto (arr.for wind ensemble) with BSO Principal Trumpet Thomas Rolfs, soloist
VIVALDI: Concerto for 4 Trumpets with Rolfs and three BSO trumpets/NEC faculty Benjamin Wright, Thomas Siders and Michael Martin

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
NEC’s Brown Hall at 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Tenor William Burden Public Masterclass

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm
NEC Symphony
David Loebel conductor
AGÓCS: Shenanigan
Works of Haydn, Rachmaninoff

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm
NEC Symphonic Winds
William Drury, conductor
Program includes:
PETER CHILD: Concertino for Violin and Winds, Gabriela Diaz ’03, ’05 M.M., violin soloist

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Britten Centennial
NEC Chamber Orchestra (conductorless ensemble coached by Donald Palma)
Program to include:
BRITTEN: Les Illuminations, Op. 18
     Nataly Wickham, soprano soloist
BRITTEN: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10

Friday, November 22, 2013, at 8:00 pm
NEC’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
David Loebel, Music Director and conductor
COPLAND: Appalachian Spring
DVORAK: Symphony No. 8

Monday, November 25, 2013
NEC’s Williams Hall at 7:30 pm
Faculty Recital: Stephen Lange and Jason Snider
Boston Symphony Orchestra trombone and horn

Monday, November 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Weilerstein Trio

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Michael Meraw, baritone



DECEMBER 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Britten Centennial
First Monday at Jordan Hall—curated by Laurence Lesser
Program to include:
HAYDN: Trio (tba)
Kristopher Tong, violin; Laura Blustein, cello;  John Gibbons, fortepiano
BRITTEN: String Quartet No. 2
The Borromeo Quartet
SHOSTAKOVICH: Trio in E-minor, Op. 67
Yura Lee, violin; Laurence Lesser, cello; Russell Sherman, piano

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
NEC’s Williams Hall at 6:30 pm
Britten Centennial
Liederabend directed by Cameron Stowe, Tanya Blaich
NEC voice students
BRITTEN: On this Island
BRITTEN: Winter Words
BRITTEN: Canticle 1, 2, or 4
BRITTEN: Selected folk song arrangements

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Britten Centennial
NEC Philharmonia
David Loebel, Associate Director of Orchestras, conductor
TIPPETT: Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles
BRITTEN: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3, Op. 56 (“Scottish”)

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Beethoven Quartet Seminar Concert

Monday, December 9, 2013
NEC’s Brown Hall at 8:00 pm
Music for Food—curated by violist Kim Kashkashian
Admission by food donation, contribution to Greater Boston Food Bank
The Sounds of South America Pt. 2
Program to include:
DVORAK: Piano Quartet in D Major
Hieroko Yajima, violin; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Marcy Rosen, cello; Lydia Artymiw, piano

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Britten Centennial
NEC Philharmonia
Hugh Wolff, conductor
BRITTEN: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 OR Symphony for Cello
    and Orchestra, Op. 68. (Student soloist tba)
BERLIOZ: Romeo and Juliet: Orchestral Selections
    Introduction, Love Scene, Queen Mab Scherzo, Romeo Alone

Friday, December 13, 2013
Boston’s Church of the Covenant, Prelude at 7:30 pm; Processional at 8:00 pm
Britten Centennial
NEC Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, NEC Youth Chorale, Back Bay Ringers, NEC Brass Ensemble, NEC Dean of Students Thomas Handel on organ
Erica Washburn, Director of Choral Activities, conductor
BRITTEN: Ceremony of Carols (arr. Julius Harrison)
BRITTEN: A Hymn to the Virgin
BRITTEN: Chorale After an Old French Carol
BRITTEN: The Holly and the Ivy
BRITTEN: A New Year Carol

JANUARY 2014

Monday, January 13, at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Natasha Brofsky, cello

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, collaborative piano
With guest artists Wenting Kang ’12 M.M., Michael Meraw, Nicholas Kitchen, Yeesun Kim

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Stephen Drury, piano

Wednesday January 22, 2014
Williams Hall at 6:00 pm
Borromeo String Quartet’s Early Evenings program on Bartók manuscripts serves as prelude to January 26 performance of all six Bartok Quartets

Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Faculty Recital - Borromeo Quartet
BARTÓK: The Six String Quartets

FEBRUARY 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Tanya Kalmanovitch, violin/viola

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Beethoven and the Piano, What Came Before and After, Pt. I
NEC Piano Students
Bruce Brubaker, Chair, NEC Piano Department
MOZART: Sonata in A minor, K. 310
IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2, Concord, Mass., 1840–60 
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in F-minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Music: Truth to Power Festival
NEC Symphony
David Loebel, conductor
Program to include:
SCHWANTNER: New Morning for the World (life and words of Martin Luther King) with narrator tba
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)
 
Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Cutler Majestic Theater, Boston
NEC Opera
All student cast and orchestra
Repertory to be announced in fall

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Beethoven and the Piano, What Came Before and After, Pt. II
NEC Piano Students
Bruce Brubaker, Chair of Piano Department
DUSSEK: The Sufferings of the Queen of France
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in A flat-Major, Op. 26 (“Funeral March”)
JANACEK: Piano Sonata 1.X.1905
RZEWSKI: Four North American Ballads
Dreadful Memories; Which Side Are You On; Down by the Riverside;
Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Music: Truth to Power Festival
NEC Philharmonia, NEC Concert Choir, Tufts University Choir. Soloists tba
Hugh Wolff, conductor
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 2 in B Major, Op.14 (“To October”)
     Largo: Allegro molto
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9, in D minor, Op. 125 (“Choral”)

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm
NEC Wind Ensemble
Charles Peltz, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities, conductor
Third Stream Headwaters
Gunther Schuller: World Premiere
Charles Mingus: Half Mast Inhibitions: Live Performance Premiere
And other works exemplifying Third Stream idioms by Milhaud, Grainger, Babbitt, Russell, and Zappa

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm
NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
Hugh Wolff, Resident Conductor
PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet
BERLIOZ: Romeo et Juliette: Symphonie Dramatique
     Romeo Alone, Capulets’ Ball

Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Kenneth Radnofsky, saxophone

Friday & Saturday, February 21—22, 2014
Exact venues, times, programs to be announced.
Music: Truth to Power Festival
February 21: presentations and a concert at NEC (location TBD)
February 22: workshops, including dance and singing at Tufts University
Symposium: Abibrimma! Sons of Africa, Rise Up!: A Celebration of
Ghanaian Composer Dr. Ephraim Amu
A two-day symposium with performances, workshops, and scholarly presentations
examining the work and influence of the 20th century composer, musicologist and
teacher who combined his western classical training with indigenous idioms to create
a body of work that included much communal choral music and works for the Ghanaian
bamboo flute.
NEC faculty Felicia Sandler is Conference Chair with a committee composed of
scholars and performers from NEC, Tufts University, and Mount Holyoke College.

Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Shakespeare 450: The Bard as Muse
Music celebrating the 450th birthday of Shakespeare
Curated by Tatyana Dudochkin, Preparatory School faculty

Monday, February 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Kim Kashkashian, viola
With Robert Levin, guest pianist
Music of Schubert, Brahms, and Argentinian songs

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Music: Truth to Power Festival
NEC Chamber Orchestra (conductorless ensemble coached by Donald Palma)
Program to include:
DITTERSDORF: La Prise de la Bastille
K.A.HARTMANN: Concerto funèbre
GÓRECKI: Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 (“Symphony of sorrowful Songs”)
    Lento e largo tranquillissimo

Thursday, February 27, 2014
NEC’s Keller Room at 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Violist Thomas Riebl Public Masterclass

Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Music: Truth to Power Festival
NEC Jazz Orchestra
Ken Schaphorst, conducting
Jazz and the Struggle for Freedom and Equality

Friday, February 28, 2014
NEC’s Keller Room at  5:00 - 7:00 pm
Violist Thomas Riebl Public Masterclass

MARCH 2014

Sunday, March 2 at 8:00 pm
Borromeo String Quartet with student guest artists

Monday, March 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm
First Monday at Jordan Hall—curated by Laurence Lesser

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Chamber Music - Trio Cleonice

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Music: Truth to Power Festival
NEC Philharmonia
David Loebel, conductor
WEILL: Mahagonny Suite
BERG: Violin Concerto (student soloist tba)
HINDEMITH: Symphony: Mathis der Maler

Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm
NEC Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds
Charles Peltz, William Drury, conductors
College Band Directors National Association Conference
BABBITT: All Set
SCHULLER: World Premiere (repeated from February 13 concert)
MINGUS: Half Mast Inhibitions
ZAPPA: Dog Breath Variations

Friday, March 7, 2014
NEC’s Brown Hall at 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Baritone Thomas Hampson Public Masterclass

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Music: Truth to Power Festival
NEC Symphony
Hugh Wolff, conductor
Music that revolutionized compositional history
WAGNER: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
RAVEL: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
     Student soloist tba
IVES: The Unanswered Question
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm
NEC Chamber Singers and Chamber Ensemble
William Weinert, guest conductor
Martin Luther and His Musical Legacy
BACH: Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80
BRAHMS: Warum ist das licht gegeben
SCHÜTZ: Psalm 116: Das ist mir liebe

Monday, March 17, 2014
NEC’s Brown Hall at 8:00 pm
Music for Food—curated by violist Kim Kashkashian
Admission by food donation, contribution to Greater Boston Food Bank
The Sounds of South America, Pt. 3
PIAZZOLLA: Grand Tango
SONGS FROM ARGENTINA
DVORAK: Dumky Trio
Lois Shapiro, piano; David Russell, cello;Kim Kashkashian,viola; Damien Francoeur-Krzyek,piano; The Weilerstein Trio

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: James Buswell, violin

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Robert Labaree

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Brass Bash
Annual celebration of brass music in which students and their Boston Symphony Orchestra teachers perform together

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Music: Truth to Power Festival
NEC Philharmonia
Christopher Wilkins, guest conductor
IVES: The General Slocum
IVES: The Yale-Princeton Football Game
SCHNITTKE: Viola Concerto OR SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concerto No. 2
          Student soloist tba
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique

APRIL 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm
NEC Percussion Ensemble
Frank Epstein, director
Program to include:
HARRISON: Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra
Nicholas Kitchen, first violinist of Borromeo String Quartet, soloist

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm
First Monday at Jordan Hall—curated by Laurence Lesser

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Music: Truth to Power Festival
NEC Symphony
Paul Biss, conductor
BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture
Composition Competition Winner: New Work Based on Themes of Festival
Plus works of Hovhannes and Sibelius

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm
John Zorn concert

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Music: Truth to Power Festival
NEC Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds
Charles Peltz, William Drury conductors
NEC Contemporary Improvisation vocalists
Program to include:
SCHUMAN: New England Triptych (Be Glad Then America, When Jesus Wept, Chester)
Each movement of the work interspersed with the songs that inspired it as sung by the Contemporary Improvisation students in NEC Roots Ensembles.
HUSA: Music for Prague 1968
The work depicts the crushing of the Prague Spring reform movement in 1968 Czechoslovakia by the Czech-born composer
LIOR NAVOK ’98 M.M. ’01 DMA: Tetris
TILSON THOMAS: Street songs

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Cutler Majestic Theater
NEC Opera
All student cast and orchestra
Repertory to be announced in fall

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Piano Honors Concert
CHOPIN: Mazurkas

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Boston’s Symphony Hall at 8:00 pm
Music: Truth to Power Festival
Presented in Association with the Celebrity Series of Boston
NEC Philharmonia
Hugh Wolff, conductor
Xiang Yu ‘12 ’14 A.D. violin soloist
BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 (“The Year 1905”)

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Woolsey Hall of Yale University, CT at 8:00 pm
NEC Concert Choir, New Haven Symphony Orchestra
William Boughton, conductor
Danielle Barger ’14 M.M., soprano; Joshua Quinn ’13 UG, baritone
BRAHMS: German Requiem, Op. 45

Friday, April 25, 2014
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hartford, CT, at 8:00 pm
NEC Concert Choir, New Haven Symphony Orchestra
William Boughton, conductor
Danielle Barger ’14 M.M., soprano; Joshua Quinn ’13 UG, baritone
BRAHMS: German Requiem, Op. 45

April FinaleMusic: Truth to Power Festival
Boston Common, Dates and Times TBD
NEC wind players and singers
Charles Peltz, conductor
Music of the French and American Revolutions

MAY 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
First Monday at Jordan Hall—curated by Laurence Lesser

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The Boston Opera House, time TBA
NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Ballet School Dancers
Annual Next Generation Performance

JUNE 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm
NEC Youth Philharmonic
David Loebel, Music Director and conductor
Program to include:
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4

PERFORMANCE and SYMPOSIUM LOCATIONS

All dates, venues, and programs in the season performance highlights and those events/performances not included here are subject to change. Please check the NEC web calendar for the most up-to-date information.

All events at NEC’s Jordan Hall unless otherwise indicated.

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Brown Hall, New England Conservatory
30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA

Keller Room, New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Williams Hall, New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Church of the Covenant
67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

The Boston Opera House
539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

The Paramount Center, Emerson College
559 Washington St., Boston, MA amount Center
559 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111
Tufts University (locations to be announced)
Boston, MA

Woolsey Hall, Yale University
Corner of College and Grove Streets, New Haven, CT

St. Joseph’s Cathedral
140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer,
Senior Communications Specialist, New England Conservatory
1-617-585-1143; ellen.pfeifer@necmusic.edu
Laura Grant,
National Publicist, New England Conservatory
1-978-208-0552; Laura@grant-communications.com


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