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
Mahler symphony No 3
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!
Feed your brain with this amazing conversation.