Audio

NEC Blog - Thu, 2015-07-30 08:40


NEC Remembers Vic FirthIn 1952, esteemed New England...

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-07-29 10:00


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 percussionists.”

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.

Audio

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-07-29 09:00


Jacqueline du Pre plays Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A...

NEC Blog - Tue, 2015-07-28 09:48


Jacqueline du Pre plays Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor (Op.129)

Crate of NEC penguins, of course.

NEC Blog - Mon, 2015-07-27 15:25


Crate of NEC penguins, of course.

Video

NEC Blog - Mon, 2015-07-27 12:27


Video

NEC Blog - Mon, 2015-07-27 09:55


Ran Blake: Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell

NEC Blog - Fri, 2015-07-24 13:00
Ran Blake: Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell:

“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 undiminished. “

Video

NEC Blog - Fri, 2015-07-24 09:07


Mahler symphony No 3

NEC Blog - Thu, 2015-07-23 09:00


Mahler symphony No 3

SLPC Construction: And the beat goes on!

NEC Construction News - Wed, 2015-07-22 10:39

Progress on the transformation of the parking lot into our new Student Life and Performance Center continues at an excellent pace.  Despite the heat, the weather has been cooperating and our pile driving continues on schedule.

The St. Botolph sidewalk will close during the week of July 27th through to the project’s completion.  Please take notice of the signage that will direct all pedestrian foot traffic on St Botolph Street to the Matthews Arena side of the street.  We will also be painting the cross walks to facilitate those crossings; our apologies for those extra footsteps!

Please continue to use caution and obey all signage in St. Botolph, as work continues on the bathrooms for ADA compliance.

Many thanks for your patience!

Video

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-07-22 09:00


Collaboration & Creativity Laboratory Video

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2015-07-21 11:10
Sistema Fellows Program

Video

NEC Blog - Tue, 2015-07-21 09:00


Musical Service Residencies

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-07-20 10:37
"A few of my colleagues in the sector have voiced their growing concern over what might charitably be referred to as “Sistema Theatre.” You’ve probably seen the videos: giant massed orchestras, bright coloured shirts, exaggerated stage motion culminating in a strangely anti-social camera focus on hyperkinetic podium flailing. Spectacle has... Sistema Fellows Program

Video

NEC Blog - Mon, 2015-07-20 08:55


Video

NEC Blog - Fri, 2015-07-17 09:00


Feed your brain with this amazing conversation.

NEC Blog - Thu, 2015-07-16 12:01


Feed your brain with this amazing conversation.

Video

NEC Blog - Thu, 2015-07-16 08:30



MUSICIANS OWN MUSIC BECAUSE MUSIC OWNS THEM. VIRGIL THOMSON