January 18, 2011

NEC Takes its Show on the Road—to Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, February 4

Philharmonia, Conductor Hugh Wolff, Violinist Julia Glenn Perform Music of Shostakovich, Ravel, Stravinsky

Solo Performance Showcases Outstanding Instrumentalist from Harvard-NEC Double Degree Program

New England Conservatory will cross the Charles River to perform at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, February 4 at 8 p.m.  The concert by the NEC Philharmonia, Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras Hugh Wolff, and violinist Julia Glenn will throw the spotlight on the numerous connections between the Conservatory and Harvard.  Glenn is a current student in the prestigious Harvard-NEC double degree program and is majoring in linguistics and Chinese in her undergraduate studies.  Wolff is a 1975 graduate of Harvard College, and Glenn’s teacher, violinist James Buswell, is also a former Harvardian. 

The program for the concert is Ravel Daphnis and Chloë Suite No. 2, Shostakovich Symphony No. 9, and the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with Glenn.

Tickets are: Regular: $15.00, Seniors (65+): $10.00, Harvard ID Holders: $10.00, Students: $5.00, WGBH Members: 2-for-1. To order, go to the Sanders Theatre box office or call 617-496-2222.
As part of Harvard University's popular Learning From Performers program, conductor Wolff will return to his alma mater to share his experiences with current Harvard students. Wolff, who conducted Harvard’s Bach Society Orchestra as a student will be interviewed by the current Bach Society music director and Harvard senior Yuga Cohler '07 Prep. The event is free, no ticket required. For information, click here.

For more information on the concert, click here 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. Pierce 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 750 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, most of them in Jordan Hall, its world-renowned, 100-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 more than two hundred stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory