CPP Fellow Interview: Tong Wang

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This year we will feature four outstanding CPP individuals and ensembles, from our fellowship program! We are thrilled to share the reflections and stories of students that are so passionate about their work in the Boston Community. Our first interviewee is Tong Wang, a senior piano performance major, who was an absolute delight to meet and talk with!

How are you involved in CPP?

“I am in the individual fellowship program, and I have been in it for the past three years, since my freshman year… [doing] senior home recital programs.”

What do you like about your fellowship, why have you kept doing it for so many years?
“Its like what everyone says, the best thing is that you get… opportunities to actually perform, which is what we are here to do. In the middle of all this practicing and stress we forget that we actually should go out into the community and share these things as soon as we can! …The way the CPP program is structured… is so supportive, and it’s very open ended. You can explore creative ideas, different genres of music and interact with people. These audiences, you really learn to… grow to love playing for them. It’s about the people, it’s about exploring different parts of yourself, gaining confidence.”

What have you learned from being in the CPP Program?

“Part of my growth as an artist… is the importance of music for any audience. Being an undergrad in a competitive environment you get a lot of hits on your confidence… but then… [through] programs like CPP, you realize it’s not… how big the hall or who is there to say how good you are, it’s good to feel like once in awhile something does connect and you reach out to people… Those moments that you do see people get moved by your music [make me] realize that’s plenty of a reward [for] what we are doing.”

Any last thoughts or reflections?

“I really wish people would take initiative because it’s really important, every small thing adds up. You start by just going out and grabbing everything you can. It might seem, tedious, or hard work, or not as rewarding as a Carnegie Hall performance but really grabbing the treasures of every small instance [is] a great part of doing these community performances.”

Do you have any fun facts about you?

“… Besides music I was really into sports… competitive Volleyball! Now, on top of my music, I’ve been really bringing back my passion for drawing, so I’ve been working on a webcomic. I love anime, graphic novels. It’s a little nerdy thing about me!”

Thank you so much Tong–check back in to see who will be featured next!

Sistema Tulsa Plays their "First Notes"

Jose-Luis Estrada - Tue, 2015-12-15 00:17
It is inspiring to witness the beginning of young musicians’ journeys. You see them shining and feeling proud about themselves and their work. All of a sudden music means something special for them and for the community that supports them. Someone wrote to me the day after the December 11th Sistema Tulsa concert and said that we had experienced an honest-to-goodness Christmas miracle. I am proud of the work we are doing in Tulsa.  

Es muy inspirador ver el principio de la trayectoria futura de jóvenes músicos. Los ves brillar y sentirse seguros de sí mismos y de su trabajo. De pronto la música significa todo para ellos y para la comunidad que los apoya. Alguien recientemente me escribió para decirme que el concierto del once de Diciembre había sido un milagro. Estoy muy contento por el trabajo que estamos realizando en Tulsa.

Friday Friday Friday.

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Friday Friday Friday.

Morning soundtrack in blissful preparation for tonight’s concert...

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Morning soundtrack in blissful preparation for tonight’s concert celebrating Billy’s centennial.

'What Would You Do with a Blank Piece of Paper?' Pt. III

Huffington College - Thu, 2015-12-10 00:14
Berklee Valencia's blank piece of paper is now very full of experience, experiments, curricula, partnerships, students, alumni and community. Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-woodcock/

We have a crane!

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Schubert and Wyner Played with Mozart on First - The Boston Musical Intelligencer

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Schubert and Wyner Played with Mozart on First - The Boston Musical Intelligencer:

“Eight-ninths of Jordan Hall 900 seats filled last night for New England Conservatory’s “First Monday” concert—a refreshing event in every way, for its fine assembly of current faculty, alumni, and old friends.“

Good morning!

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Good morning!

For your commute home. With love

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For your commute home. With love

'What Would You Do With a Blank Piece of Paper?' Pt.II

Huffington College - Tue, 2015-12-08 12:44
In my first installment, I looked at the creation of the extraordinary new campus and cutting edge curriculum that... Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-woodcock/

Big congrats to our faculty and alums on their GRAMMY nominations!

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Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Donny McCaslin: Arbiters of Evolution

Best Latin Jazz Album
Miguel Zenon: Identities Are Changeable

Best Orchestra Performance
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons: Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

This is so good for our soul.

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This is so good for our soul.

'What Would You Do with a Blank Piece of Paper?' Part I

Huffington College - Mon, 2015-12-07 17:23
If you are a Star Trek fan, you can easily visualize this: A fleet of Klingon star ships decloaking and landing in a dry riverbed in the middle of a beautiful city. Because, to my eye at least, that is just what the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain looks like (the star ships are benign, of course!). Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-woodcock/

For today.

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For today.


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Good morning.

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Good morning.

SLPC Construction Alert: December 5 and 6: St. Botolph Street Closing

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The work on the Student Life and Performance Center continues to an important next phase involving the assembly and erection of a tower crane on the construction site.

Please note the following information:

Beginning at 3 am, Saturday, December 5, and continuing to 7 pm, Sunday evening, December 6,  St. Botolph Street will be closed to automobile traffic to accommodate a large number of trucks delivering the materials necessary for crane assembly.

What you can expect:

There will be no changes to the current pedestrian traffic flow.  And extra security and police details will be available to assist at the designated crosswalks throughout the day and evening.

For our students in the Residence Hall, expect some banging and back up horns in the early morning hours.  The noise should subside by 7 am.

For our PREP families dropping off students, two drop off areas will be available, as noted on the map below:

–        One area will be designated on Huntington Avenue, in front of the Jordan Hall 290 entrance.  Students may enter there, through the student lounge entrance, or proceed via the sidewalks to their classes/rehearsals;

–        You may turn onto St. Botolph from Mass Ave and you may and proceed just to the entrance of 241 St. Botolph, where you may then make a U turn to exit.  Expect to see signage that says the road is closed to through traffic, but you may enter to drop off your child.  You may also proceed through the alley to access Huntington Avenue.

Please see the diagram below, indicating these two drop off areas.

There will be no street parking available on Gainsborough in front of the Residence Hall, from Huntington Ave to St. Botolph.  Traffic will be open on Gainsborough, but there will be no left turn available on St. Botolph.

For student pick up, we encourage you to find parking, as there will be very little accommodation for you to wait for your children, so please plan accordingly.  Due to expected traffic volume, please plan on more time for your commute and an earlier arrival.

For concert patrons attending either the Longwood Symphony Concert Saturday evening, December 5 or the 3 pm PREP concert on Sunday, December 6, the Jordan Hall entrance on Huntington Avenue will also be open.

Please know we are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and maximize our students’ safety as we enter this next phase of construction.  Many thanks for your cooperation.

Debut con la Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar

Jose-Luis Estrada - Mon, 2015-11-30 02:20
Fue una enorme satisfacción colaborar con la OSSBV en Caracas. El 20 de Noviembre tuvimos un excelente concierto donde alcanzamos un alto nivel de concertación artística y nivel interpretativo junto con el pianista Mexicano Abdiel Vazquez y el compositor Juan Pablo Contreras.  Gracias a su energía y entrega logramos un gran concierto que además de ofrecer de  la mejor música nos recordó la gran narrativa musical y cultural que hermana a México y Venezuela. 

Para mí fue de gran emoción estar inmerso dentro del mundo sonoro tan vigoroso de El Sistema  y de poder entrar en dialogo con esa experiencia. La noche del concierto recordé los consejos del Maestro Abreu y su generosidad para con todos nosotros, el linaje artístico de Carlos Chávez y Eduardo Mata con la orquesta,  mi propia trayectoria musical y todas las personas que me han concedido su fe y sustento a través de los años. Todo convergió ahí en ese momento tan especial.


Reuniting in Atlanta

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-11-30 00:32
Reuniting with my colleagues in the Sistema Fellowship always provides new ideas and inspiration, and my time with Dantes Rameau and the Atlanta Music Project was no exception. Dantes and I were roommates during the first year of the Sistema Fellows Program and we experienced everything Sistema for the first... Sistema Fellows Program