February 4, 2011

Abreu Fellows Present C.A.T.S. in Concert, February 8 in NEC’s Williams Hall

Current Class Joined by Students from Conservatory Lab Charter School Nucleo, Alumni Fellows, NEC Faculty, Students

President Tony Woodcock is Narrator in New Adaptation of “L’Histoire du Soldat”

The 2010-11 Class of Abreu Fellows at New England Conservatory will present C.A.T.S. in Concert, a program celebrating the work of Citizen-Artist-Teacher-Scholars who strive to lead young people by teaching, performing, educating and modeling good citizenship.  The February 8 concert features performances by the Fellows; students from the Conservatory Lab Charter School nucleo; alumni Fellows Rebecca Levi and David Malek, directors of the CLCS nucleo; NEC President Tony Woodcock; and NEC faculty and staff. It takes place at 6 p.m. in NEC’s Williams Hall and is free and open to the public.

Created in response to the 2009 TED Prize Wish of Dr. José Antonio Abreu, NEC's Abreu Fellows program accepts 10 outstanding musicians each year, who are passionate for their art and social change. They engage in a course of study that prepares them to create and lead nucleos (community-based music education programs) inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema.  Now in its second year, the Fellows program has already produced a corps of C.A.T.S. who are directing nucleos throughout the United States. The current class has organized this concert to demonstrate the many facets of an Abreu Fellowship.

There will be many C.A.T.S. present at this concert, which combines excerpts from chamber music works and video presentations. A highlight of the program promises to be a new version of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, with a libretto that has been revamped to reflect the occasion. Rather than three speaking parts, there is now one narrator—a role to be assumed by NEC President Tony Woodcock. Also on the program will be music by Vivaldi, De Falla, Schumann, Piazzolla, and Brahms. The 25 CLCS students (in photo above with Rebecca Levi '10 AF) will perform an excerpt from the Beethoven Ninth Symphony.  Among NEC faculty taking part are conductor David Loebel, violinist Lucy Chapman, violist Roger Tapping, and pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.

For further information, check the NEC Website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. Pierce Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 106-year old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115