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NEC 2014-15 Concert Season

Wagner Gala a Highlight of 1000-concert season

New England Conservatory Announces 2014-15 Concert Season

Nearly 1000 Events Showcase NEC’s Richness, Range, and Collaborations with Area Musical Groups and Arts Institutions

Classical Events Include:

December 10 Gala Concert Performance of Act III, Wagner’s Die Walküre with soprano Jane Eaglen, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, conductor Robert Spano

World Premiere of Reconstructed Score of Leon Kirchner’s 1978 Music for Flute and Orchestra performed by dedicatee Paula Robison, conductor Hugh Wolff, and NEC Philharmonia

Three Opera Productions: Two Main Stage at the Cutler Majestic

Plus Concert Version of Menotti’s The Consul guest conducted by Gil Rose

Mozart’s Così fan tutte in February conducted by Stephen Lord, Staged by Joshua Major

Double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortileges, conducted by Stephen Lord, directed by father and son stage directors Leon and Joshua Major in April

Vocal Residencies by José van Dam, Barbara Bonney; Public Masterclasses by Denyce Graves, Thomas Hampson

Thirtieth Anniversary Season of First Monday at Jordan Hall Reprises Works, Some Performers from First Season

Continuing Partnership with Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Insights Series and Do You Hear What I Hear? chamber music performances that complement the BSO’s celebration of Ballets Russes & Sergei Diaghilev, Premieres by Dean and Birtwistle

Boston Museum of Fine Arts Partnership Events Pair Music and Art, Celebrate Malcolm Rogers’ Tenure

The Marriage of Music and Dance: A Celebration honoring the late Julia Sutton

Faculty recitals by Russell Sherman (celebrating his 85th birthday), Gabriel Chodos, Laurence Lesser, Weilerstein Trio, Dimitri Murrath, Victor Rosenbaum (commemorating Franz Schubert’s last year), Stephen Drury, Kenneth Radnofsky, Soovin Kim, James Buswell, Paul Biss (70th birthday celebration)

Orchestra performances of Brahms German Requiem, Salonen L.A. Variations

World Premieres for Wind Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble

Boston, MA-- New England Conservatory President Tony Woodcock today announced the Conservatory’s 2014-2015 concert season, which will feature nearly 1,000 events, the majority of which continue the tradition of being free and open to the public (excepting the staged operas and the Die Walküre gala concert).

“Next season, NEC’s 148th year in operation, our performances will not only showcase the brilliance and versatility of our musicians but also our ongoing and important collaborations with other musical groups, arts institutions and community organizations,” Woodcock said. “From the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Museum of Fine Arts to the Boston Ballet, BMOP and Odyssey Opera, we enjoy greatly rewarding partnerships that enhance the experience of participants and audiences alike.”

Here are some of the highlights:
Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act III
NEC faculty soprano Jane Eaglen, as Brunnhilde, will team with bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, as Wotan, and conductor Robert Spano to revisit their legendary performances in Seattle Opera’s 2005 production of the Wagner Ring Cycle. In this gala performance (December 10), Boston opera lovers will have the rare opportunity—without having to travel to another city-- to hear a world class interpretation of the Third Act of Die Walküre. The concert performance in NEC’s Jordan Hall will help support the construction of the Conservatory’s new Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC), which is scheduled for groundbreaking in summer 2015 and opening in 2017. The concert will be preceded by a cocktail reception and followed by a celebratory dinner with the performers. (In photo: Jane Eaglen and Greer Grimsley, photo by Chris Bennion, courtesy of the Seattle Opera and its 2005 production of Die Walküre.)

Orchestra Season
NEC’s orchestra series will kick off October  1, when Hugh Wolff, the Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras, leads the NEC Philharmonia in Esa-Pekka Salonen’s L.A. Variations, a concerto for orchestra by the former Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and works of Berlioz and Tchaikovsky. Wolff closes the season April 29 with the Mahler Ninth Symphony

Among the featured performances is the world premiere (November 5) of the reconstructed version of Leon Kirchner’s Music for Flute and Orchestra, a project of faculty flutist Paula Robison for whom the work was composed and Hugh Wolff, a former student of Kirchner’s. Robison will be the soloist with the Philharmonia.

Also featured is the Brahms German Requiem (December 2), with the Philharmonia, NEC Concert Choir (Erica Washburn, director), soloists tba, and Associate Director of Orchestras, David Loebel conducting.

NEC will welcome back one of its highly successful alumni, conductor Joshua Weilerstein ’09 ’11 M.M., a member of the first class of the school’s prestigious Orchestral Conducting program.  Now assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Weilerstein will lead the NEC Philharmonia in works of Beethoven and Lutoslawski, as well as the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with Artist Diploma candidate Yoojin Jang  ’15 A.D. as soloist.

The much-recorded Dutch conductor Kees Bakels (in photo right), known internationally to audiences from the UK to Malaysia, will make his first appearance with the NEC Philharmonia, April 1 in a program that includes music of Dvorak and Sibelius as well as several concertos tba with student concerto  competition winners.

The NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Preparatory School’s senior-most orchestra directed by Music Director David Loebel will present three concerts, November 20, February 19, and May 29. In addition to its regular season, the YPO will return to the Boston Ballet (May 20) to serve as the pit orchestra for the annual Next Generation celebration of up and coming young dancers and musicians.

Opera Productions
NEC will present two fully staged productions, Mozart’s Così fan tutte (February 7—10, 2015) and a double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortileges (April 18—21) at the Cutler Majestic Theatre and a concert staging of Menotti’s The Consul in Jordan Hall (October 29).

Gil Rose, Music Director of Odyssey Opera and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (in photo right), will conduct The Consul.  His engagement as guest conductor is a return gesture of partnership that follows the engagement of Joshua Major, NEC’s Director of Opera Studies, to stage Odyssey Opera’s critically praised Il Giorno di Regno, this summer.

Stephen Lord, Artistic Advisor of Opera, will return to conduct both the Cutler productions. Joshua Major and Leon Major, will do a father-son act, each staging one of the operas on the double bill. Joshua will take on the Puccini while his father will direct the Ravel.  Joshua Major will also stage Così fan tutte

Partnership Events with Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Symphony Orchestra
NEC musicians will perform several programs at the Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with special exhibits and events. On December 14 in the MFA’s Remis Auditorium, the Conservatory players will present a special event, Goya and Beethoven: Revolution and Madness, celebrating the Museum’s new Goya exhibition. With music by Beethoven and projections of Goya works, accompanied by excerpts from letters and contemporaneous documents, the performers will demonstrate the links between these two great artists who shared many life experiences. The program is curated by Katarina Markovic of NEC’s Music History and Musicology department.

NEC’s conductorless Chamber Orchestra, coached by Donald Palma, will also present a special Jordan Hall concert April 15 in conjunction with the reopening of the MFA’s Greek galleries. The program, which features music inspired by Ancient Greek themes (Satie’s Socrate and Stravinsky’s Apollo), will also celebrate retiring Director Malcolm Rogers, who will be in attendance at the concert.

Once again, NEC will participate in both the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Insights Series and its Do You Hear What I Hear? chamber music series. On the former, Hugh Wolff will conduct the Philharmonia February 11 in a program of works by Stravinsky, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Strauss in conjunction with the BSO’s celebration of the great Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev and ground-breaking Ballets Russes.  And on February 15, NEC piano students will present an evening of music for solo and four-hand piano from Stravinsky’s ballets. (Diaghilev painted by Leon Bakst in photo)

On the Do You Hear What I Hear? series,  NEC will set the stage for premieres presented by the BSO. On November 13, prior to the American premiere of Brett Dean’s Dramatis personae, Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, with soloist Håkan Hardenberger, NEC musicians will play music selected by the composer because of its special resonance for him. On February 12, the orchestra will give the American premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s  Responses: Of sweet disorder and the carefully careless, for piano and orchestra with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano. This program will also be preceded by an NEC performance of music curated by the composer.

The Marriage of Music and Dance: A Celebration (October 22—25)
Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Julia Sutton, former chair of NEC’s music history department and a musicologist, and scholar and practitioner of early dance, this mini-festival will celebrate the intimate connection between music and movement over many eras, social classes, and geographic locations. The celebration will include performances, symposia, workshops, participatory dance, concerts, and lecture demonstrations, culminating in a Swing Dance evening with music by Dan Gabel ’14 M.M. and the Abletones.

A Wealth of Vocal Residencies, Masterclasses
Following on the success last year of weeklong residencies by Marilyn Horne and William Burden, NEC will welcome two renowned singers for coaching and public masterclasses in the fall. The great Belgian bass- baritone José van Dam (in photo) will work with NEC singers during the week of October 6, with public masterclasses on Oct. 7 and 9 in Jordan Hall.  He will be followed in November by soprano Barbara Bonney who conducts masterclasses, Nov. 11 and 13 in Brown Hall.

NEC alumna and Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves ’88 will also return to NEC for a masterclass and to receive an honorary doctorate on September 24. Baritone Thomas Hampson will receive an honorary doctorate during his masterclass on January 18. (Hampson had been scheduled to conduct the masterclass and receive the honorary degree earlier this year but had to postpone due to illness.)

Chamber Music and First Monday at Jordan Hall
First Monday at Jordan Hall, curated by cellist and occupant of the Walter W Naumburg Chair in Music, Laurence Lesser, will celebrate the popular chamber music series’ 30th anniversary this year. Plans call for reprising works and, where possible, the original performers, from the first season. For example, the opening concert on October 6 will feature Schubert’s Trout Quintet with violist Marcus Thompson, a member of the ensemble in 1984. Also promised is the Shostakovich Piano Trio with Lesser, violinist Yura Lee, and pianist Russell Sherman (in a performance originally scheduled last year but postponed due to Sherman’s convalescence from a hip fracture).The concerts feature faculty, alumni, friends, and students in six programs, taking place on the first Mondays of October, November, December, March, April, May.

Chamber music is one of the distinctive strengths of NEC’s artistic life, with faculty and students performing regularly in small ensemble groupings. At the end of each semester, student groups that have been coached by faculty present the fruits of their work in a rich and densely packed schedule of recitals. Every year, four to five outstanding chamber music groups are selected to be Honors Ensembles. Coached by NEC faculty, they are awarded Jordan Hall concerts that will take place in April and May 2015.

Music for Food, a chamber music series curated by violist Kim Kashkashian, benefits Food for Free, a social service agency that provides food for the hungry, through donations of money and nonperishable goods contributed by concert audiences. In 2014-15, there will be four concerts (January 26, March 9, April 27).

Next season, there will be performances by the Borromeo Quartet (November 6, January 27), the Weilerstein Trio joined by the alumni Parker Quartet (April 19), and the Boston Trio (April 2).

Wind and Percussion Ensembles
The NEC Wind Ensemble, directed by Charles Peltz; Symphonic Winds, directed by William Drury; and the NEC Percussion Ensemble, directed by Frank Epstein perform extraordinarily varied programs several times a year.

The Wind Ensemble will present Richard Svoboda, BSO bassoonist and NEC faculty member as soloist in a new concerto tba (November 11), and there will be another new work by NEC alumnus David Sanford as well as works by Augusta Read Thomas and Gunther Schuller  during the season.

Symphonic Winds will present the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s Winding Up, Winding Down: Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble, dedicated to Boston clarinetist William Wrzesien (October 21). Douglas Monroe, will be the clarinet soloist.

The NEC Percussion Ensemble will present the world premiere (November 23) of Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s Xochiquetzal: Chamber Concerto for Violin and Percussion Sextet, a 17-minute work composed on a commission from a consortium of percussion ensembles including NEC’s plus Southern Methodist University, Jon Lee, Director; The State University of New York at Onandaga, Robert Bridge, Director; and The University of North Texas, Christopher Deane, Director.  Xochiquetzal was designed as a companion piece to Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra (1950) as well as a companion to Rodríguez’s previous composition for percussion ensemble (written for NEC), El día de los muertos (2006).  Both El día de los muertos and Xochiquetzal are programmatic works based on Mexican subjects; both contain folk melodies, and both may be performed with dancers. (Robert Xavier Rodríguez in photo by Gabriel Berde right)

Piano Department Celebration of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff
During the second semester, the Piano Department, under the direction of Chair Bruce Brubaker, will pay homage to the composer Alexander Scriabin on the 100th anniversary of his death. Student pianists will undertake to play all of the Scriabin piano music (January 27, February 11, 17, 26, March 4, 12) with the complete Sonatas spotlighted in a Jordan Hall concert on January 29. In addition, NEC’s pianists will take part in an Honors competition that will focus on the Rachmaninoff Preludes. Winners in each of 10 categories (each a grouping of the Preludes) will then perform in the Honors Concert, April 20 in Jordan Hall.

Faculty Recitals
NEC’s outstanding faculty demonstrate their artistry in recitals in the Conservatory’s renowned Jordan Hall.  Lucky Boston audiences can hear them for free.  In 2014-15, the performers include: pianist Russell Sherman, who celebrates his 85th birthday on March 25 with a recital; 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Dimitri Murrath ’08 A.D. (in photo) will give a viola recital September 21; Violinist/violist Paul Biss performs September 28 as he celebrates his 70th birthday in company with his wife violinist Miriam Fried, son pianist Jonathan Biss and several alumni, faculty and friends; composer Lyle Davidson, Oct. 2; pianist Gabriel Chodos, October 5; Roberto Poli, October 12; fortepianist and harpsichordist John Gibbons on Oct. 19; BSO trumpet and NEC faculty Benjamin Wright, Oct. 28; composers Pozzi Escot and Robert Cogan, October 30; cellist Laurence Lesser, Nov. 16; cellist Emmanuel Feldman, Jan 13; pianist Stephen Drury, January 15; collaborative pianist Damian Francoeur-Kryzek, Jan. 20; pianist Tatyana Dudochkin, January 25; pianist Victor Rosenbaum, January 28; saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky, February 16; violinist Soovin Kim, March 1; violinist James Buswell, March 23; pianist Russell Sherman, March 25; Robert Labaree, April 7.

Contemporary Music
The Music of John Zorn: A 35-year Retrospective (November 4) will celebrate the groundbreaking work of this vitally important musical creator. Curated by Zorn (in photo) and faculty pianist Anthony Coleman, the concert, sponsored by NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, will include NEC faculty, students, and ensembles.  Repertoire will be drawn from a wide variety of Zorn projects including Masada, Naked City, string trios, recent chamber compositions, madrigals, as well as his iconic game pieces.  During the concert, NEC President Tony Woodcock will present Zorn with an Honorary Degree.  The evening begins with a pre-concert Q&A with the composer at 7 p.m.

In addition, there will be concerts by Stephen Drury and the Callithumpian Consort and (nec) shivaree, the Contemporary Ensemble directed by John Heiss.

A cultural icon approaching its 150th anniversary in 2017, and the oldest independent school of music in the United States, New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized worldwide as a leader among music schools.  Located in Boston, Massachusetts on the  Avenue of the Arts in the Fenway Cultural District of the city, NEC offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC-trained musicians and faculty.

Founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjée, an American music educator, choral conductor and organist, its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, NEC features training in classical, jazz, and contemporary improvisation. Graduate and post-graduate programs supplement these core disciplines with orchestral conducting, and professional chamber music training.  Additional programs, such as Entrepreneurial Musicianship, a cutting-edge program integrating professional and personal skills development into the musical training of students to better develop the skills and knowledge needed to create one’s own musical opportunities, also enhance the NEC experience.

Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, the Conservatory provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students and adults.  Through its engagement projects, it allows young musicians to connect with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation. Currently more than 750 young artists from 46 states and 39 foreign countries attend NEC on the college level, 1,400 young students attend on the Preparatory level, and 325 adults participate in the Continuing Education program.

The only conservatory in the United States designated a National Historic Landmark, NEC presents nearly 1000 free concerts each year. Many of these take place in Jordan Hall (which shares National Historic Landmark status with the school), world-renowned for its superb acoustics and beautifully restored interior. In addition to Jordan Hall, more than a dozen performance spaces of various sizes and configurations are utilized to meet the requirements of the unique range of music performed at NEC, from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to big band jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Center in Boston, and a semi-staged performance in Jordan Hall.

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.

A schedule of NEC concert highlights for the 2014-15 season follows. Also attached are brief biographies of above mentioned guest artists. Photographs are available upon request to Ellen Pfeifer or Laura Grant.

Highlights of New England Conservatory Concert Season, 2014-15
(All events are free and open to the public except where noted)

September 21, 8 pm
Jordan Hall
Dimitri Murrath, faculty violist, in recital

September 24, 2:30—6:30 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Denyce Graves, mezzo soprano, masterclass and honorary doctorate presentation

September 28, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Paul Biss, violin and viola, 70th Birthday recital
With Jonathan Biss, piano; Miriam Fried, Tessa Lark, violins; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Marcy Rosen, cello.
Works by Mozart, Dvorak, Kreisler, and Mendelssohn.

October 1, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Philharmonia, Hugh Wolff, conducting
Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini Overture
Esa Pekka Salonen: L.A. Variations
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

October 2, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Lyle Davidson, faculty composer, in concert

October 5, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Gabriel Chodos, faculty pianist, in recital

October 6, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
First Monday at Jordan Hall, curated by Laurence Lesser
Program includes:
Stravinsky: Birthday Prelude
Handel: Let the Bright Seraphim
Schubert: Trout Quintet
Musicians include: James Buswell, Marcus Thompson, Carol Ou, Edwin Barker, Pei-Shan Lee

October 7, 7:30—9:30 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Bass-baritone José van Dam masterclass

October 8, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Philharmonia, David Loebel conductor
The Many Flavors of C-Major
Mozart: Symphony No. 28
Stravinsky: Symphony in C
Bizet: Symphony in C

October 9, 7:30—9:30 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Bass-baritone José van Dam masterclass

October 14, 7 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Wind Ensemble, Charles Peltz, Boyang Yu, DMA candidate, conductors
Works of Gabrieli, Mozart, Schuller, Augusta  Read Thomas, Copland

October 15, 8 pm
NEC's Jordan Hall
NEC Chamber Orchestra
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Waxman: Sinfonietta
Haydn: Symphony No. 54 ("Farewell")

October 19, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
John Gibbons, fortepiano and harpsichord, in faculty recital

October 21, 7 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Symphonic Winds, William Drury, Kristo Kondakci ’13, ’15 MM conductors
M. Gandolfi: Winding Up, Winding Down: Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble (World Premiere)    Dedicated to William Wrzesien
    Douglas Monroe, clarinet solo
Ingolf Dahl: Sinfonietta (1961)
    Kristo Kondakci '13 '15 MM, conducting
Richard Toensing: Description of Elysium (text by James Agee)
    Michael Meraw, baritone soloist

October 22—25,
Various halls and times
The Marriage of Music and Dance: A Celebration
Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Julia Sutton

October 28, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Benjamin Wright, trumpet, Member of the Boston Symphony and NEC faculty

October 29, 8 pm.
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Opera Department and NEC Philharmonia, Gil Rose, Guest Conductor
Menotti’s The Consul, concert opera

October 30, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot, faculty composition concert

November 3, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
First Monday at Jordan Hall
Program includes:
Beethoven: Quintet in C Major, Op. 29
Elgar: Quintet in a-minor, Op. 84
Musicians include Soovin Kim, Joanna Kurkowicz, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Ya-Fei Chuang,

November 5, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Philharmonia, Hugh Wolff conducting
Kernis: Too Hot Toccata
Kirchner: Music for Flute and Orchestra (World premiere of reconstructed version)
    Paula Robison, flute
Schubert: Symphony No. 9

November 6, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Borromeo String Quartet, Ensemble in Residence

November 11, 7:30 –9:30 pm
NEC’s Brown Hall
Soprano Barbara Bonney leads masterclass

November 11, 7 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Wind Ensemble, Charles Peltz, Mark Tse ’15 MM, conductors
Gabrieli: Canzone 16 and 20
Bassoon Concerto TBA: Richard Svoboda, bassoon soloist
Massenet: Ballet Music from Le Cid
Varese: Deserts
Ives: Decoration Day (arr. Elkus)

November 13, 7:30—9:30 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Barbara Bonney masterclass

November 13, 6:00
NEC’s Williams Hall
BSO Do You Hear What I Hear? Chamber Music
Program to be curated by composer Brett Deans whose trumpet concerto Dramatis personae will be given its American premiere by the Boston Symphony Orchestra that evening.

November 16, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Laurence Lesser, cello

November 18, 7 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Symphonic Winds, William Drury conducting
Joint concert with the Navy Band Northeast

November 19, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Repeated November 20, 8 pm at Tufts University)
NEC Chamber Orchestra (conductorless ensemble coached by Donald Palma)
Schreker: Intermezzo and Scherzo
Stravinsky: Concerto in D
Mozart: Divertimento, K. 251

November 20, 7 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, David Loebel, Music Director
Mahler: Symphony No. 1

November 23, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Percussion Ensemble, Frank Epstein, director
Program to include:
Robert Xavier Rodríguez: Xochiquetzal, Chamber Concerto for Violin and Percussion Sextet, (2014)    WORLD PREMIERE

December 1, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
First Monday at Jordan Hall   
Program to include:
Debussy: Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp
Shostakovich: Trio in a-minor, Op. 67
Performers include Yura Lee, Paula Robison, Dimitri Murrath, Jessica Zhou, Ian Howell, Laurence Lesser, and Russell Sherman

December 2, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Philharmonia, David Loebel conducting
NEC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Erica Washburn, Director of Choral Activities
Soloists tba
Brahms: A German Requiem

December 10, 7 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Tickets required.  Contact Janet Goff, 617-585-1152
Gala Wagner concert
(Preconcert reception at 6; post-concert dinner at 8:30)
Wagner: Die Walküre, Act III      
NEC Philharmonia, Robert Spano conducting
Jane Eaglen, Brunnhilde ; Greer Grimsley, Wotan

December 14, 2 pm
MFA Remis Auditorium
Goya and Beethoven: Revolution and Madness
NEC musicians perform as part of Goya exhibit           

January 13, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Emmanuel Feldman, cello

January 15, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Stephen Drury, piano

January 18, 2:00—4:30 pm
NEC’s Brown Hall
Baritone Thomas Hampson, masterclass and honorary doctorate presentation

January 20, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Damien Francoeur-Kryzek, collaborative piano recital

January 25, 7:30 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Tatyana Dudochkin, annual festival concert

January 26, 7 pm
NEC’s Brown Hall
Music for Food
Suggested donation: $20/$10 for students

January 27, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Borromeo String Quartet

January 27, 8 pm
NEC’s Williams Hall
Piano Department Scriabin Concert

January 28, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Victor Rosenbaum, piano in faculty recital, with
BSO clarinet Will Hudgins, Mana Tokuno, piano; Junko Watanabe, soprano
Schubert's Last Year
Fantasy in F minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Shepherd on the Rock), for soprano, clarinet, and piano, D. 965
Sonata for Piano in B-flat Major, D. 960

January 29, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Piano Department Concert featuring Scriabin Sonatas

February 7, 9, 10 at 8 pm
February 8, at 3 pm
Cutler Majestic Theatre
Tickets required
NEC Opera Department
Stephen Lord, conductor; Joshua Major, stage director
Mozart: Così fan tutte

February 11, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Philharmonia, Hugh Wolff conducting
(BSO Insights Series: Diaghilev/Ballets Russes)
Stravinsky: Fireworks
Ravel: Mother Goose (complete)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
    Piano soloist chosen from concerto competition
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

February 11, 17, 26,  8 pm
NEC’s Williams Hall
Piano Department Scriabin Celebration

February 12, 6 pm
NEC’s Williams Hall
BSO Do You Hear What I Hear? chamber music concert
Program to be curated by composer Harrison Birtwistle prior to American premiere of his Responses: Of Sweet Disorder and the Carefully Careless by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

February 12, 7 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Wind Ensemble, Charles Peltz, Yi Yang ’15 GD, conducting
Program to include:
Donatoni:  Jay  (Mari Kawamura, piano soloist)
David Sanford ’89 MM: TBA premiere
Bach: Goldberg Variations (arr. Michael Colgrass)

February 15, 7:30 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
BSO Insights Series celebrating Ballets Russes and Sergei Diaghilev
NEC Piano Department presents solo and four-hand piano versions of Stravinsky’s ballets

February 16, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Kenneth Radnofsky, saxophone in faculty recital

February 19, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

February 24, 7 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Symphonic Winds, William Drury, Mark Tse ’15 MM,  Yi Yang '15 GD, conducting
Elena Firsova: Birth of a Smile for four trombones and singer
text based on poem by Osip Mandelstam
     Nina Guo '15, soprano soloist
Robin Holloway: Serenade in B-flat, Op. 92
G Holst: Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo
     Mark Tse '15 MM conducting
Persichetti: Divertimento for Band
     Yi Yang '15 GD, conducting

February 25, 8 pm
NEC's Jordan Hall
NEC Chamber Orchestra

March 1, 8pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Soovin Kim, violin, in faculty recital

March 2, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
First Monday at Jordan Hall

March 4, 12, 8 pm
NEC’s Williams Hall
Piano Department Scriabin Series

March 4, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Symphony, David Loebel conducting
Concerto tba with student soloist to be chosen by competition
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

March 5, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Concert choir performs with Boston Modern Orchestra Project

March 9, 7 pm
NEC’s Williams Hall
Music for Food
Suggested donation: $20/$10 for students

March 23, 8 pm
NEC’s Brown Hall
James Buswell, violin, faculty recital

March 25, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Russell Sherman, piano, 85th Birthday concert

April 2, 7 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Boston Trio, Preparatory School Ensemble in Residence

April 6, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
First Monday at Jordan Hall

April 7, 8 pm
NEC’s Brown Hall
Robert Labaree, Intercultural Institute faculty member in recital

April 15, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Chamber Orchestra celebrates the reopening of Museum of Fine Arts Greek galleries and the tenure of retiring Director Malcolm Rogers.
Satie: Socrate
Stravinsky: Apollo

April 18, 20, 21 at 8 pm
April 19, 3 pm
Cutler Majestic Theatre
NEC Opera Department presents Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortileges
Stephen Lord, conducting
Leon and Joshua Major, stage directors
Tickets required

April 19, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Weilerstein Trio and Parker String Quartet

April 20, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Piano Honors Concert featuring the Rachmaninoff Preludes

April 27, 7 pm
NEC’s Williams Hall
Music for Food
Suggested donation: $20/$10 for students

May 4, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
First Monday at Jordan Hall

May 20, 7 pm
Boston’s Opera House
Boston Ballet School and NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra present “Next Generation”

May 21, 7 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC Youth Symphony, Steven Karidoyanes, director

May 29, 8 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 pm
NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, David Loebel, Music Director

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Senior Communications Specialist
290 Huntington Ave. 02115