December 8, 2009

NEC Resident Conductor John Page to Conduct NEC Symphony Orchestra at Free Jordan Hall Concert, December 9

Page conductingNEC’s Resident Conductor John Page will lead the NEC Symphony in performances of Haydn, Nielsen and Torke, December 9 at 8 p.m at NEC’s Jordan Hall.

The performance opens with Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 92, “Oxford”, one of the three symphonies Hadyn was commissioned to compose by the French Count d’Ogny. Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, “Sinfonia Espansiva” follows, which is often recognized as one of Nielsen’s most representative pieces. "Espansiva’s” subtitle, according to musicologist Robert Simpson, evokes “Nielsen’s sense of human energy and enjoyment of life.” The second movement includes wordless vocal solos, both of soprano and baritone. The performance concludes with Michael Torke’s “Javelin" Overture for Orchestra, composed in 1994 for the celebration of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary, which coincided with Atlanta's hosting of the Olympic Games.

John Page is Resident Conductor for the College, where he leads the NEC Symphony, and prepares and conducts concerts with the other orchestras on occasion. He was also active with NEC's Preparatory School through spring 2007 as director of the NEC Youth Chorale. Page is assistant conductor for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, following two successive appointments as a BPO Zander Fellow. Page has conducted the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the City of Derry Orchestra, the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Film Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

He has also conducted operas including Cavalli's Erismena, Toshio Hosokawa's Vision of Lear, and Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis, for which he received the "Opera of the Year" award from the Irish Theatre Awards. From 2001 to 2003, Page was artistic director of the Portsmouth (NH) Festivities, a celebration of art, music and culture. His recording of the PBS show Celtic Women, with the Irish Film Orchestra, has gone platinum.

The 8:00pm concert is free and open to the public.

For further information, check the NEC Website at: 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. St. Botolph 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 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: Natalie Guillemette
Public Relations Intern
New England Conservatory
617 585 1148