When in Rome…. #necprepontour (at Piazza Venezia)

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:17


When in Rome….
#necprepontour (at Piazza Venezia)

When in Rome…. #necprepontour (at Piazza Venezia)

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:17


When in Rome….
#necprepontour (at Piazza Venezia)

Picture time! Orvieto = group photo!

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:17


Picture time! Orvieto = group photo!

Picture time! Orvieto = group photo!

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:17


Picture time! Orvieto = group photo!

Starting the day with some sight-seeing in Pisa! #necprepontour...

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:17


Starting the day with some sight-seeing in Pisa! #necprepontour (at Pisa, Tuscany, Italy)

Starting the day with some sight-seeing in Pisa! #necprepontour...

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:17


Starting the day with some sight-seeing in Pisa! #necprepontour (at Pisa, Tuscany, Italy)

At the end of tonight’s concert, we sang an impromptu...

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:16


At the end of tonight’s concert, we sang an impromptu reprisal of Locus Iste with the University of Florence Choir! Music truly is a universal language - such a special way to end the performance. #necprepontour

At the end of tonight’s concert, we sang an impromptu...

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:16


At the end of tonight’s concert, we sang an impromptu reprisal of Locus Iste with the University of Florence Choir! Music truly is a universal language - such a special way to end the performance. #necprepontour

Youth Chorale sang beautifully at the University of Florence in...

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:16


Youth Chorale sang beautifully at the University of Florence in their first concert of their tour!! Congratulations to all! #necprepontour

Youth Chorale sang beautifully at the University of Florence in...

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:16


Youth Chorale sang beautifully at the University of Florence in their first concert of their tour!! Congratulations to all! #necprepontour

Youth Chorale warming up for their first concert on tour at the...

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:16


Youth Chorale warming up for their first concert on tour at the University of Florence! #necprepontour

Youth Chorale warming up for their first concert on tour at the...

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:16


Youth Chorale warming up for their first concert on tour at the University of Florence! #necprepontour

Youth Chorale is at the airport and waiting to board our...

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:16


Youth Chorale is at the airport and waiting to board our @airfrance flight to Italy! #necprepontour (at Boston Logan International Airport)

Youth Chorale is at the airport and waiting to board our...

Preparatory School - Tue, 2017-03-07 19:16


Youth Chorale is at the airport and waiting to board our @airfrance flight to Italy! #necprepontour (at Boston Logan International Airport)

Spring 2017 CelloChats on CelloBello

Cello Bello Blog - Mon, 2017-03-06 12:57

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Lluís Claret of New England Conservatory and Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu
in Barcelona, live on CelloBello via Facebook Live!

Lluís Claret

Monday, May 1st at 8 pm ET:

Join the interactive conversation on CelloChat with our incredible hosts, on Sundays this spring!

All Chats take place at 8 PM ET unless otherwise noted.

All Chats are broadcast via Facebook Live on the CelloBello Facebook page:

March 12
ROBERT JESSELSON
University of South Carolina

April 2
MARTHA BALDWIN

Cleveland Orchestra

April 9
NORMAN FISCHER
The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

April 16
YEESUN KIM
Borromeo String Quartet, New England Conservatory

April 23
ROBERT DEMAINE
Los Angeles Philharmonic

May 1
LLUIS CLARET
New England Conservatory 

May 14
JEFFREY ZEIGLER
Mannes College at The New School

May 21
DAVID YING
Eastman School of Music

May 28
INBAL SEGEV
Amerigo Trio

PAST CELLOCHATS THIS SEASON:

FIVE SPECIAL CHATS CELEBRATING
THE CELLO SUITES OF J.S. BACH

January 29
“Bowings in Bach – A Topic That Never Goes Away!”
LAURENCE LESSER
New England Conservatory

February 5
“Decision Making in Bach, What’s Important?”
COLIN CARR
Stony Brook University, St. John’s College Oxford

February 12
“If It Ain’t Baroque, Don’t Break It?”
INBAL SEGEV
Amerigo Trio

February 19
“The Bach Suites as You Have Never SEEN Them Before”
ANTONIO LYSY
University of California, Los Angeles

March 5
KEE-HYUN KIM
Parker Quartet

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The Needs of Strangers

Huffington College - Wed, 2017-02-22 19:29
El Sistema is a movement we have all experienced and we can now find it in many parts of the World. I have had a long and Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/tony-woodcock

Out delivering flyers today on this beautiful day in Boston!...

Preparatory School - Wed, 2017-02-22 18:27


Out delivering flyers today on this beautiful day in Boston! Check out our new program for Boston 3rd Graders this May/June 2017- NEC Prep Musical Explorers! This year’s program will feature double bass an trumpet. Check out our website to learn more and, if you are a 3rd grader, sign up! http://necmusic.edu/prep/young-children #necprepearlychildhood #necprepmusicalexplorers #bostoncenterforyouthandfamilies #bcyf #bostonpublicschools #bps (at Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF))

Out delivering flyers today on this beautiful day in Boston!...

Preparatory School - Wed, 2017-02-22 18:27


Out delivering flyers today on this beautiful day in Boston! Check out our new program for Boston 3rd Graders this May/June 2017- NEC Prep Musical Explorers! This year’s program will feature double bass an trumpet. Check out our website to learn more and, if you are a 3rd grader, sign up! http://necmusic.edu/prep/young-children #necprepearlychildhood #necprepmusicalexplorers #bostoncenterforyouthandfamilies #bcyf #bostonpublicschools #bps (at Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF))

The Bach Suites as you Have Never Seen Them Before – By Antonio Lysy

Cello Bello Blog - Thu, 2017-02-16 20:38

Hundreds of scholars have studied and written about the Bach Suites, yet we can only speculate about how or when they were first performed. The original manuscript is lost, leaving us with various facsimiles to decipher, and there are no written accounts by Bach’s contemporaries. The one advantage of this predicament is the wide spectrum of artistic decisions on which a cellist is compelled to ruminate, in order to make them “their own”.

Apparently the suites were not intended to be performed as a cycle, although this approach has become increasingly common in the last couple of decades. My current perspective, developed over many years of performing and teaching the suites, is that each of the six tells a distinctive story. And, like a series of books or films, each component is woven into a broader narrative. Presenting these works in chronological order highlights this overall structure as well as Bach’s astoundingly fluent compositional style. He begins, in the first suite, with youthful simplicity, and after choreographing an array of preludes and dances with heavenly sophistication, ends with the glorious, life-affirming sixth suite. It is as if the cycle is an etched outline of life itself, in one continuous brush stroke.

Embarking on this project to perform the Bach Suites cycle at The Broad Stage a year ago, allowed me to further explore the possibilities of presenting traditional classical music in a fresh light, while making every attempt to preserve its pure, aural integrity.

The performance’s visual component, a combination of projected photography, video, and lighting, stemmed from my experience producing the multimedia show Te Amo, Argentina. The projected backdrops became stimuli for reflection on an imagined narrative, and offered an inspired ornament to the setting, transporting the public to fantastical concert venues. Mark Swed of the LA Times eloquently described a similar concert experience: “to transform the space in which the music is performed through projections that alter one’s perception of space, place, and just maybe, sound.”

The virtual venues chosen by me and my production assistant Chloe Knudsen were: For the first Suite, an Antelope Valley cave, illuminating the stunning strata within, and the genesis of time; for the second, the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, in all its glory, allowing the audience to quietly and slowly survey some of its most celebrated frescoes; the third, the magnified lit-up interior of a cello, with light pouring in from the F holes – a glimpse into its soul; the fourth, a series of colorful and intricately decorated cupolas from Muslim temples (a tribute to tolerance of diversity in our country, right after the shooting in San Bernardino); the fifth, grand rooms of abandoned buildings, conveying the message of the futility of war, via the dark and dramatic qualities of this C minor Suite; and finally the sixth, celebrating the natural wonders of our earth, depicting fjords, salt deserts, the Giant’s Causeway, and in the final Gigue, a time-lapse explosion of the magical, dancing Northern Lights.

The most conspicuous feature of that afternoon’s performance, however, was my cello. The audience did not see the golden varnish of my three hundred year old Italian cello (a CarloTononi), but rather a gleaming, modern, Luis and Clark carbon fiber cello, made in Boston in 2014. This cello is light and quick to respond, which among other benefits, facilitates surprising physical freedom. That relative release of effort allows for remarkable surprises in tackling the Suites, from choices of fingerings, articulations of the bow, sound concepts, and a general psychological sense of liberty that encourages an improvisatory quality.

Performing the cycle on this cello taught me a great deal, and pushed me further to research the boundaries of interpretation, juxtaposing the contemporary and the ancient, and to strive to make a compelling case for interpreting Bach’s Suites on what preconceived notions would consider hardly a cello. It was risky, as for many it verged on the sacrilegious! No rotten tomatoes were thrown at me however, and by all appearances it was a success – the sold-out theater saw the audience on their feet after the closing bars, apparently not for a mad rush to the exit. I am now very curious about how such an instrument will change in time, and affect the evolution of performance practice in classical music!

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Teaching Tradition, Innovation, and Practicality at New England Conservatory

NEC @ Huff Post - Wed, 2017-02-15 21:10
Like Bartók in Mikrokosmos, I gave myself little equations to follow, in this case for making progressively more outrageous New England Conservatory http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/new-england-conservatory

YOU PLAY BACH YOUR WAY, AND I'LL PLAY HIM HIS WAY. WANDA LANDOWSKA