Our morning really needed this.

NEC Blog - Thu, 2015-06-11 09:34


Our morning really needed this.

nprmusic: myriamgendron sets Dorothy Parker’s poetry to little...

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-10 12:26


nprmusic:

myriamgendron sets Dorothy Parker’s poetry to little more than an acoustic guitar and a wry, wistful voice. Watch a stop-motion-animation video in which roses explode from a plucked head here and on All Songs TV

Harriette Thompson, 92, becomes oldest woman to finish marathon

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-10 11:39
Harriette Thompson, 92, becomes oldest woman to finish marathon:

“A classically trained pianist who played three times at Carnegie Hall, Thompson says she mentally plays old piano pieces she had performed to help her get through the 26 miles, 385 yards.”
Harriette attended NEC from 1947-1949, and we are absolutely inspired by her and her unending resilience. Keep on running, Harriette!

Young Artist in Residence: Yoojin Jang

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:10
Young Artist in Residence: Yoojin Jang:

Our Artist Diploma violinist Yoojin Jang performing Sibelius and Schumann for Your Classical Radio.

"We make music to create a world of dreams and fantasies, to create a world of life eternal, a world..."

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:00
“We make music to create a world of dreams and fantasies, to create a world of life eternal, a world without tormented souls, a world without hollow defenses providing false illusions of immortality. Instead, we deceive ourselves with the serenades of life and love, serenades made vivid and tangible by the beauty of sound—sound which echoes from the first blades of grass to the dazzling portraits of wreaths woven by masters of song and harmony. We surrender our lives to these masters so that we may indulge in their gardens of beauty.”

- Russell Sherman at NEC’s ‪‎commencement‬ 2015 ‪

Debussy: Reverie

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-10 08:19


Debussy: Reverie

Photos of El Sistema at Jordan Hall

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2015-06-09 14:59
All photos by Andy Hurlbut, featuring Avi Mehta, Sistema Fellow '12, and David France, Sistema Fellow '12. Not pictured: Julie Davis, Sistema Fellow '12, and Graciela Briceno, Sistema Fellow '11. Sistema Fellows Program

Our audience

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2015-06-09 11:55
When the Sistema Fellows Program provided me with the opportunity to visit Lorrie Heagy’s El Sistema-inspired nucleo four years ago, I knew I would soon return. So much of JAMM's programming resonated with me--the in-school program model in which El Sistema's culture infuses within a public school’s community, the focus... Sistema Fellows Program

"The great New Yorker critic Alex Ross calls music a “trance—a sensual disorder of the senses.” You..."

NEC Blog - Tue, 2015-06-09 11:01
“The great New Yorker critic Alex Ross calls music a “trance—a sensual disorder of the senses.” You know how life-changing it is. How it threads its way all through you and brings you closer to your best self. That feeling is something I think we’re all desperate to share. I remember sitting in that very [Jordan Hall] balcony and hearing Schumann’s Fantasy for piano for the very first time—it was Leonard Shure on this stage—and in the last movement, there is a heartbreaking melody that tries again and again to rise up and come loose, and time after time it falls back … I remember weeping uncontrollably. There’s a breathtaking, hopeful moment when the melody finds a partner and begins to sail up as a duet—and one of my tears fell off my cheek, over the balcony and through the air, down onto someone’s head in the seats below. I was a wreck. And I really wanted everyone else to be a wreck, too.”

- Alumna Cathy Fuller ‘82, '88 M.M. greeted the NEC Class of 2015 on
behalf of the Alumni Association

Digging into our vault for today’s music: NEC Philharmonia and...

NEC Blog - Tue, 2015-06-09 09:08


Digging into our vault for today’s music: NEC Philharmonia and guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier live in Jordan Hall 2011

Video

NEC Blog - Mon, 2015-06-08 08:55


Little Composers of St. Luke's

Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-06-05 09:33
I recently traveled to New York City to take part in the Little Composers of St. Luke’s project with the generous assistance of the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center. A creative music-making workshop spearheaded by the dynamic Clara Yang (Sistema Fellow ’14), this event brought together students from the Youth Orchestra... Sistema Fellows Program

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan: Crossing Muddy...

NEC Blog - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:30


Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan: Crossing Muddy Waters

Corigliano: Sonata for Violin and Piano w/ Yoojin Jang + Renana...

NEC Blog - Thu, 2015-06-04 09:28


Corigliano: Sonata for Violin and Piano w/ Yoojin Jang + Renana Gutman

Local Fellows bring students to Jordan Hall

Exploring El Sistema - Wed, 2015-06-03 09:33
Sistema Fellows Program

Transported

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-03 09:04


Transported

Out today: double vinyl release of Glass Piano from NEC piano...

NEC Blog - Tue, 2015-06-02 14:40


Out today: double vinyl release of Glass Piano from NEC piano chair Bruce Brubaker - remixes on their way!

Paula Robison on Shaping Your Sound | MUSAIC - New World Symphony

NEC Blog - Tue, 2015-06-02 12:01
Paula Robison on Shaping Your Sound | MUSAIC - New World Symphony:

“…A generosity of spirit that can exist in our flute sound.” A must watch for anyone who creates.

The Ensemble, June edition

Exploring El Sistema - Sun, 2015-05-31 10:08
The June edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond, including an essay by Aubree Weiley (Sistema Fellow '14), is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

JAMM's new string quartet-in-residence

Exploring El Sistema - Sun, 2015-05-31 10:05
"Juneau Alaska Music Matters (founded and directed by Lorrie Heagy, Sistema Fellow '10), the Juneau Symphony, and the University of Alaska Southeast are proud to announce their scholarship recipients who will serve as members of the Juneau String Quartet-in-Residence while pursuing a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching with certification... Sistema Fellows Program

IT'S LIKE AN ACT OF MURDER; YOU PLAY WITH INTENT TO COMMIT SOMETHING. DUKE ELLINGTON