Ensemble: NEC Philharmonia

Conductor: Hugh Wolff

Artist: Alexi Kenney (Violin)

Some listings may show incorrect start time for this concert. The correct start time is 7:30pm.

Sky-high virtuosity, passion you can just about touch, and a program that showcases it all: in association with Celebrity Series of Boston, NEC's Calderwood Director of Orchestras, Hugh Wolff, brings the NEC Philharmonia to Symphony Hall. Just one performance—don't miss it!

The Program

This season, NEC's orchestra programs allow you to discover the music of living composers, alongside familiar masterworks.

John Adams (b. 1947) has this to say about his 1993 violin concerto, performed tonight by 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Alexi Kenney:

"A concerto without a strong melodic statement is hard to imagine. I knew that if I were to compose a violin concerto I would have to solve the issue of melody. […] As if to compensate for years of neglecting the “singing line,” the Violin Concerto (1993) emerged as an almost implacably melodic piece—an example of “hypermelody.” The violin spins one long phrase after another wihout stop for nearly the full thirty-five minutes of the piece."

Andrew Norman (b. 1979) has been awarded a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. Norman gives this simple explanation for the title of his short 2005 piece:

"As I say to the kids who listen to this piece during school visits, the process of writing it was a bit like making a tossed salad. I chopped up sounds from the orchestra—one sound for each of the thirteen verbs in the title—and then I tossed them all together and called it a piece."

With Firebird, Hugh Wolff continues a cycle of Stravinsky's big orchestral suites that brought an overflow audience to Jordan Hall two years ago with Rite of Spring.

This is a ticketed event.

Date: April 27, 2016 - 7:30PM

Price: Ticketed

Location: Symphony Hall, Boston

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