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David Loebel, making his first appearance with the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra as its Music Director, will conduct two favorite showpieces by Copland and Dvorak. As a memorial tribute to President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, he leads the deeply moving slow movement from Mahler's Fifth Symphony.
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8
Maestro Loebel has written the following note about the program:
"It will never be necessary to add the year '2001' to the date 'September 11th' to remind us what occurred on that terrible day. Similarly, an earlier generation did not need '1941' appended to 'December 7th' to recall the day on which World War II became inevitable.
"For many of us, it is today, November 22nd, that has given us pause every year for the past half century. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 was a defining moment in our lives. We still remember every little detail —where we were when we heard the shocking news, how our parents reacted, how unmoored we felt, how we knew that our world would never be the same.
"That anniversary has special resonance here in Boston. Ours is the city in which JFK was born, attended college and began his political career. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in South Boston, with its magnificent view of the ocean he so loved, is a lasting memorial to his life and legacy.
"It is certainly appropriate to remember the innocence of Camelot with the aching nostalgia and ineffable beauty of Mahler’s Adagietto. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring encapsulates the simple gifts of community and caring that we Americans still value. Like all of Copland’s best music, Appalachian Spring captures with unimpeachable honesty the spirit of JFK’s mid-20th century America—an increasingly impersonal, urban society which nonetheless yearned for its rural past, for New Frontiers and for the freedom they represented."