July 8, 2010

Aaron Kula Conducts NEC Festival Youth Orchestra in Brilliant Showpieces, July 23 at Jordan Hall

Raymond Dineen, 16-year Old Violist from Melrose, is Soloist

Artistic Director Aaron Kula ’85 M.M. will conduct the New England Conservatory Festival Youth Orchestra in showpieces by Bach/Stokowski, Bruch and Rimsky-Korsakoff, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. in NEC’s Jordan Hall.  The orchestra, composed of young musicians aged 13—18, meets every summer for an intensive three-week program that features daily orchestral rehearsals, chamber music, sectionals and coachings culminating in a full concert.  Now in its 11th season, the FYO was founded by Kula, who studied orchestral conducting at NEC and performed frequently in Boston before settling in Florida where he is Director of Music Collections and Performance at Florida Atlantic University Libraries in Boca Raton. 

Raymond Dineen, a 16-year old violist from Melrose who studies chamber music in the NEC Preparatory School and plays in the Tourjée Quartet, will be the soloist in the Bruch Romance for Viola.
The concert is free and open to the public.

Aaron Kula ’85 M.M. has been teaching, arranging and performing ethnic music for 30 years. He joined the Florida Atlantic University faculty in 1997 and in the fall of 2003, was named director of music collections and performance at FAU Libraries, where his activities include archiving, lecturing, composing and performing. Kula is also on the Continuing Education faculty at New England Conservatory, where he has been conducting orchestras since 1986 and has taught conducting at Boston University. As a conductor he has worked with the Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Boston Conservatory Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, New Hampshire Ballet and renowned artists including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Kula holds degrees in music and Judaic studies from the University of Minnesota and in orchestral conducting with distinction from NEC. He currently is director of the Klezmer Company Orchestra.

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Bach/Stokowski: Toccata and Fugue in d minor
Bruch: Romance for viola featuring Raymond Dineen
Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherazade

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. St. Botolph 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