November 19, 2009


NEC Presents Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel as Family Holiday Treat, Dec. 4—6 at Cutler Majestic Theatre

Fully Staged Production Conducted by Christopher Larkin, Directed by Patricia Maria Weinmann

Family Ticket Package Adds Affordability for Parents with Children

If you're looking for a change from Nutcrackers, Grinches, and Polar Expresses, NEC has a special holiday treat for you and your family.  Consider this: a favorite Brothers Grimm fairy tale, two hungry children lost at night, a wicked witch, a candy house, evil overcome by the youngsters' pluck, and—finally—a joyful reunion with the parents.  That’s Hansel and Gretel, the wonderful opera by Englebert Humperdinck and a holiday staple in Europe.
New England Conservatory will present a fully staged production of the opera in four performances, Dec. 4—6 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St. in Boston.  Christopher Larkin conducts the all-student orchestra and Patricia-Maria Weinmann directs the student cast.  The production will be sung in English.
To accommodate families with children, the two evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 5. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 6.
Tickets have also been priced to appeal to families, with a special family pack of four tickets offered at $45. Regular tickets are $20 / $16 students, seniors / $10 children age 10 and under. NEC students are free with i.d. WGBH members, 2-for-1 with i.d.
Tickets are available through the Cutler Majestic Theatre Box Office, 219 Tremont Street, Boston, Mon–Sat, 10am–6pm, on the Web, or by phone at 800-233-3123. Use code "HGFAM4" to obtain the family pack pricing online at, through your Telecharge operator, or in person at the Cutler Majestic Theatre box office.
For further information, check the NEC Website at  or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122. 


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