When Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians are not on stage at Symphony Hall, half of them are across the street at NEC, teaching the next generation of orchestra players. More on this.
These BSO teachers also star in NEC concerts. And we're returning the favor with an Insight Series that adds context to BSO programs in February and March 2015.
At Symphony Hall, these feature "masterworks from the early 20th century, with special emphasis on composers associated with legendary Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes." The BSO is also "celebrating the orchestra's connection to this important repertoire through Serge Koussevitzky, who as BSO music director was among the first to introduce these composers' important works to American audiences." More on this.
In addition, we offer a prelude concert series, Do You Hear What I Hear?, with each program curated by composers whose commissioned works the BSO performs this season. This year, the composers are Brett Dean, Harrison Birtwistle, and Michael Gandolfi. The NEC concerts immediately precede each composer's Thursday night BSO premiere concert.
You will find links to these along with other NEC concerts that have a BSO connection, plus BSO concerts that feature NEC artists. Whether or not you have a BSO subscription, we hope to enrich your encounters with one of the world's greatest orchestras!
2015-01-20 Insights Series: Ballets Russes, Diaghilev, and Koussevitzky
Faculty members Lisa Saffer, Nicholas Kitchen, and Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek perform works for soprano, violin, and piano by Ballets Russes composers Prokofiev and Respighi.
Prokofiev at Ballets Russes: Chout (1921), Pas d'acier (1927), Prodigal Son (1929)
Respighi at Ballets Russes: La Boutique fantasque (1919) arrangement of Rossini material
2015-03-12 Insights Series: Ballets Russes, Diaghilev, and Koussevitzky
Alexander Scriabin's music was published by Serge Koussevitzky, who was also the first to conduct Scriabin's orchestral music in the U.S.
2015-02-04 Insights Series: Ballets Russes, Diaghilev, and Koussevitzky
David Loebel conducts the NEC Symphony in Satie's Gymnopédies.
Satie at Ballets Russes: Parade (1917), Jack in the Box (1926), Mercure (1927)
2015-02-10 Insights Series: Ballets Russes, Diaghilev, and Koussevitzky
NEC opera singers and orchestra, under the direction of conductor Stephen Lord and stage director Steven Goldstein, perform Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Poulenc at Ballets Russes: Les Biches (1924)
2015-02-11 Insights Series: Ballets Russes, Diaghilev, and Koussevitzky
Hugh Wolff conducts the NEC Philharmonia in music by Stravinsky, Ravel, Prokofiev, Strauss.
Stravinsky at Ballets Russes: Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911), Rite of Spring (1913), Le Chant du rossignol (1920), Pulcinella (1920), Renard (1922), Les Noces (1923), Apollo (1928)
Ravel at Ballets Russes: Daphnis et Chloé (1912), Alborado del gracioso (1916, Las Meninas; 1917, The gardens of Aranjuez)
Strauss at Ballets Russes: La Légende de Joseph (1914, Fokine), (1914, Nureyev)
2015-02-12 Do You Hear What I Hear?: Harrison Birtwistle
NEC ensembles perform music curated by the composer before the BSO premiere later this evening of his Responses: Of sweet disorder and the carefully careless. Works of Birtwistle, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Varese.
2015-02-15 Insights Series: Ballets Russes, Diaghilev, and Koussevitzky
NEC Piano majors perform four-hand version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, which Vaslav Nijinsky choreographed for Ballets Russes in 1913; plus music of Ravel, Prokofiev and Falla.
Falla at Ballets Russes: Le Tricorne (1919)
2015-03-04 Insights Series: Ballets Russes, Diaghilev, and Koussevitzky
David Loebel conducts the NEC Symphony in Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5
2015-03-26 Do You Hear What I Hear?: Michael Gandolfi
NEC ensembles perform works of Gandolfi, Golijov, and Harbison prior to the world premiere later this evening of Gandolfi's Concerto for Organ.
2015-04-15 Insights Series: Ballets Russes, Diaghilev, and Koussevitzky
NEC Chamber Orchestra, coached by Donald Palma, performs Satie's Socrate and Stravinsky's Apollon musagète, which George Balanchine choreographed for Ballets Russes in 1928.
2014-11-13 Do You Hear What I Hear? Brett Dean