October 26, 2012

NEC Preparatory School Announces Prep Presents, a Free Concert Series Gift to City of Boston

Dedicated to Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Series Offered in Gratitude for Community Approval of Campus Redevelopment Plan

New England Conservatory is delighted to announce a free 11-concert series by its Preparatory School that will span the 2012-13 season from Nov. 12—May 25. Dedicated to Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Prep Presents: A Gift to the City of Boston is being offered in gratitude to the community for its support of the Conservatory’s Campus Redevelopment Plan.

The free series showcases the many kinds of music-making that flourish at the school and underscores the variety of offerings that are open to all youngsters in the City of Boston and beyond. Although NEC normally charges admission to these concerts (which goes to support touring by the various ensembles), it decided to make them free this year as a thank you gift.

Having received unanimous regulatory approval last summer by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Zoning Commission, the Campus Redevelopment Plan is now moving forward. NEC hopes to celebrate its 150th birthday in 2017 with the opening of Phase 1, the new Student Life and Performance Center. A few years later, Phase 2, the Learning Center, will follow. Plans call for creation of a jazz coffeehouse and new dining commons that will be open to the public, performing spaces that can be used by community organizations for special events, significant streetscape improvements, and an overall transparency and welcoming atmosphere that invites the neighbors to be a part of NEC’s activities.

“I’m proud to accept the gift of this concert series on behalf of the City of Boston,” said Mayor Menino. “The NEC Preparatory School is a wonderful community music school open to all youngsters in the City of Boston and beyond, and I look forward to seeing how its campus redevelopment plan will further improve the neighborhood and the city as a whole.”

“We are enormously grateful to Mayor Menino, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Boston Zoning Commission, and, most particularly, to the members of the BRA Task Force—our immediate neighbors—who supported us through the regulatory process,” said NEC President Tony Woodcock. “The community has been very good to NEC and we want to reciprocate with the thing we do best—making music.”

The series comprises five fall semester concerts and six spring semester concerts, which are held in NEC's Jordan Hall, except where noted. The programs for fall are listed below. The spring 2013 concerts will feature the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (twice), NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra, Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, NEC Youth Symphony, and NEC Youth Chorale. Check back soon for dates and programming.

2012-11-12 NEC Youth Symphony + Steven Karidoyanes. 8 pm
Works of Verdi and Brahms. 8 pm

2012-11-27 NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra + Loebel. 8 pm. Grand Kick-off Event.
Works of Bernstein Elgar, Tchaikovsky. Sasha Scolnik-Brower Cello Soloist.

2012-12-12 NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra + Ken Schaphorst. 7:30 pm in Brown Hall

2012-12-16 Massachusetts Wind Ensemble + Michael Mucci. 8 pm
Works of Bozza, Ives, Ellerby, Daugherty, Dello Joio

2012-12-18 NEC Youth Chorale, Camerata + Jonathan Richter. 7:30 pm
Works of Bernstein, Mendelssohn, Stanford, Grieg, Poulenc

For further information, check the NEC Website 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 in Boston, MA 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 Programs and Partnerships Program, 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, jazz, and contemporary improvisation.

NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, century-old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to 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 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: Ellen Pfeifer
Senior Communications Specialist
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115