Jason Moran and Robert Glasper
Encore after encore after encore - despite our best efforts, the YS tour in Ireland had to come to an end. Our last concert in the National Concert Hall was a truly incredible experience. Thanks to Emily Tuan for making this trip possible, our chaperones for keeping this trip fun (and safe), and of course, Mr. K for his enthusiasm and passion. Goodbye and thank you, Ireland!
Some pictures from Dublin - the “most photographed” door in the city, Trinity College (where we caught a glimpse of the fascinating, ancient Book of Kells), a beautiful mural we happened upon by chance, and the Merry Ploughboy pub, where YS’ farewell luncheon was accompanied by traditional Irish tunes, and followed by a spot of Irish step dancing!
Ending our stay in Derry with a lovely concert in the gorgeous Guild Hall, shared with the incredible local chorus Codetta! Off to Dublin in a bit. The end of the YS tour draws nearer, much to our chagrin…
Thankfully, no one in YS felt the need to get a haircut today in Derry…
Some iconic murals from Free Derry. Here’s to peace and friendship, both here and everywhere else in the world.
Incredible walking tour of Derry! The fascinating and tragic history of this city inspires a great deal of respect for its inhabitants. Hopefully, YS’ two upcoming concerts will do them justice!
Just finished playing an incredible concert in Galway! In attendance was the Mayor of Galway, along with a wonderfully enthusiastic audience. YS will miss Galway terribly as we head off to Derry tomorrow!
Our tour of Ireland continues with a visit to a workshop specializing in Connemara marble, an excursion to a peat bog, and some time to explore a truly bewitching chapel, all narrated by Connor, our wonderful tour guide, and driven to by Frank, bus driver extraordinaire!
Enjoying the idyllic scenery in Ireland, and awestruck by the Cliffs of Moher (which film buffs might recognize as the Cliffs of Insanity in the Princess Bride or that really creepy cave at the end of the sixth Harry Potter movie)!
After a long flight, YS has finally arrived at Shannon airport, jet-lagged but very much willing to immerse themselves in local traditions. Looking forward to all the excitement ahead!
NEC Remembers Vic Firth
In 1952, esteemed New England Conservatory alumnus and faculty member Everett “Vic” Firth
was a 21-year-old student when he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
A decade later, Firth was inspired to design a higher-quality drumstick
than the “warped utensils and implements not specifically designed for
Firth began making drumsticks and mallets for himself and later for his students at NEC; his first drumstick prototypes, SD1 and SD2, were initially hand-whittled from thicker sticks. He then sent them to a wood tuner in Montreal. Firth’s company grew quickly; he began manufacturing in a 65,000-square-foot plant in Newport, Maine, where his products are still made. The rest is music history.
Read the complete article here.
Jacqueline du Pre plays Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor (Op.129)
Crate of NEC penguins, of course.
“Ran Blake was one of the architects of the Third Stream marriage between
jazz and classical music. This program is a beautiful, delightful
demonstration of how well that approach can work in the hands of a
master. At age 80 Blake’s imagination and pianistic skills are