This season at New England Conservatory, 30+ concerts demonstrate just how vital music is to human struggle, and what revolution in artistic expression sounds like. Programs range from roots music to Beethoven, fight songs to anti-war anthems. Join our year-long exploration of how music speaks truth to power!
The Revolution Begins
Symphony Hall—that's where the Boston Symphony Orchestra performs, right?
True most nights, except for April 23, when Hugh Wolff brings the NEC Philharmonia back to Symphony Hall in their first appearance there since 2010. The concert is presented in association with the Celebrity Series of Boston.
Hugh Wolff has constructed a program that showcases Artist Diploma violinist Xiang Yu in one of his favorite concertos, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1. Wolff leads off with the name that adorns the Symphony Hall proscenium: Beethoven's Egmont Overture. And he continues a symphonic cycle that has played out both at NEC's Jordan Hall and in his previous visit to Symphony Hall, with Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11, "The Year 1905."
The connection between two Boston musical powerhouses, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory, goes back to the BSO's origin, and many of NEC's orchestra players study with their BSO counterparts. More on this.
(Photo by Stu Rosner/courtesy BSO)
Conductor Hugh Wolff was named NEC's Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras in 2008, and has brought the Conservatory's orchestral program to a new level of eminence. Wolff has conducted many of the major orchestras around the world, including frequent appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.