December 20, 2013

NEC Announces Second Semester Concert Highlights

Music: Truth to Power Festival Offers 24 Events Illustrating Music as Expression, Catalyst of Change

NEC Philharmonia, Hugh Wolff Return to Symphony Hall, April 23, 2014

Fully staged productions of  L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Die Fledermaus

New England Conservatory’s 2013-14 concert season continues through the January to May spring semester with a wealth of events showcasing the variety of repertory and styles that thrive at NEC. The centerpiece is the ongoing multi-genre, all-school festival, Music: Truth to Power, which demonstrates how music has always served as an expression and catalyst of change. All of NEC’s ensembles will be involved—from classical to jazz, from Contemporary Improvisation to folk and world music. 

Season highlights also include the NEC Philharmonia’s return to Symphony Hall, April 23 under the direction of Hugh Wolff, the Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras. That program will feature the Beethoven “Egmont” Overture, Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 “The Year 1905,” and the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 with Artist Diploma student Xiang Yu as soloist.

The Conservatory’s Opera Department will present two fully staged operas at the Cutler Majestic Theatre: Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea (February 8—11) and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (April 19—22). The Monteverdi, to be sung in Italian with English surtitles, will be conducted by guest conductor Joseph Mechavich and directed by Steven Goldstein of the NEC faculty. The Strauss will be conducted by Stephen Lord, NEC’s Artistic Advisor for Opera, and directed by Joshua Major, Chair of Opera Studies.

In partnership with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, NEC will also present two piano performances (February 3 and 11, 2014) as part of the BSO’s new Insight Series. Providing context for the BSO’s performances of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, NEC pianists will illustrate how Beethoven was influenced by composers who came before and how he influenced those who came after. Fitting in with NEC’s festival theme this year, the programs also show Beethoven as a revolutionary whose music spoke Truth to Power.

The Borromeo Quartet will perform all six Bartok String Quartets, January 26, 2014 and precede that January 22 with an illustrated Early Evenings discussion/demonstration of Bartok’s manuscripts, his first thoughts on and revisions of the quartets.




See listing of highlights below.

All performances, except the opera productions and Symphony Hall concert, are free and open to the public. Always check the NEC website for the most updated information 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.

A cultural icon approaching its 150th anniversary in 2017, New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized worldwide as a leader among music schools. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, on the Avenue of the Arts in the Fenway Cultural District, NEC offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC-trained musicians and faculty.

NEC is the oldest independent school of music in the United States. Founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee, an American music educator, choral conductor and organist, its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, NEC features training in classical, jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation. Graduate and post-graduate programs supplement these core disciplines with orchestral conducting and professional chamber music training. Additional programs, such as the Sistema Fellows, a professional training program for top postgraduate musicians and music educators that creates careers connected to music, youth, and social change, and Entrepreneurial Musicianship, a cutting-edge program integrating professional and personal skills development into the musical training of students to better develop the skills and knowledge needed to create one’s own musical opportunities, also enhance the NEC experience.

Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, the Conservatory provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, and adults. 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. Currently more than 750 young artists from 46 states and 39 foreign countries attend NEC on the college level; 1,400 young students attend on the Preparatory level; and 325 adults are enrolled in Continuing Education certificate programs and courses.

The only conservatory in the United States designated a National Historic Landmark, NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year. Many of these take place in Jordan Hall (which shares National Historic Landmark status with the school), world-renowned for its superb acoustics and beautifully restored interior. In addition to Jordan Hall, more than a dozen performance spaces of various sizes and configurations are utilized to meet the requirements of the unique range of music performed at NEC, from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to big band 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 Center in Boston, and a semi-staged performance in Jordan Hall. This past 2012-2013 season, the operas produced were Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and Rossini’s La Gazzetta. In fall 2013, Stephen Lord conducted a concert version of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.

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.

NEC Music: Truth to Power Festival

(All performances free except Symphony Hall and opera performances)

January 16, 2014 Piano Revolution
8 pm Jordan Hall
Stephen Drury, who specializes in challenging new music of all eras, performs works by Chopin, Hyla, Rzewski, and Zorn.

January 16, 2014 Triangle
7 pm Brown Hall
Using puppeteers from the original New York cast alongside NEC singers and improvisers, NEC liberal arts chair Patrick Keppel and Brad Kemp '02 present their 2011 play about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in which 146 women died.

January 22, 2014 Bartók String Quartet Manuscripts, Discussion/Demonstration
6:00 pm Williams Hall
January 26, 2014 Complete Performance of Six Bartók String Quartets
7:30 pm Jordan Hall
In a single evening, NEC's quartet-in-residence, the Borromeo String Quartet, performs all six of Béla Bartók's string quartets. Written between 1909 and 1939, these works are like snapshots of the radical series of moves that we now call Modernism. The discussion/demonstration looks at Bartok’s first and subsequent thoughts about the quartets as they appear in manuscript.

January 28, 2014 Harbison: Abu Ghraib
8 pm Jordan Hall
Contemporary composers including John Harbison and Luciano Berio have responded with music to events of their times. John Heiss directs student ensemble.

February 3, 2014 Pianists: Start the Revolution with Me
8 pm Jordan Hall
From the French Revolution to U.S. labor struggles, composers have challenged pianists to speak truth to power. Works of Dussek, Beethoven, Janacek, Rzewski.

February 5, 2014 Napoleon to Dr. King: Where Are the Heroes?
8 pm Jordan Hall
David Loebel conducts NEC Symphony in Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony, dedicated to the myth making of Napoleon's "heroism," and Schwantner's New Morning for the World, using texts by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

February 11, 2014 The Piano, Before and After Beethoven
8 pm Jordan Hall
The modern piano—which obliterated its instrumental precursors—is synonymous with Beethoven. So what preceded and followed this revolution in 88 keys?

February 12, 2014 Big Dreams
8 pm Jordan Hall
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 2 is a brief spurt celebrating the conflagration of Russia's October Revolution of 1917 on its 10th anniversary; Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is a vast and joyful ode to the aspirations of the revolutions of his lifetime.

February 13, 2014 Third Stream Headwaters
March 6, 2014 Crossing Over
7 pm Jordan Hall
Highlight of both evening will be a series of premiere concert performances of two works from musicians at the "headwaters" of the Third Stream. From Here to There was commissioned by NEC from past president Gunther Schuller, who coined the term "Third Stream" as the fusion he foresaw of jazz and classical idioms, and created NEC's program of studies devoted to its blossoming, now called Contemporary Improvisation. Charles Mingus's Half-Mast Inhibition is one of his classic recordings, but was never performed before an audience until now. Also on the program, works of Babbitt and Zappa.

February 18, 2014 A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
8 pm Jordan Hall
Contemporary Improvisation students and faculty respond to how music shapes and is shaped by our place in the world around us.

February 19, 2014 The Unconservatory
8 pm Brown Hall
Students imagine a world without borders, including musical ones.

February 21, 2014 African Music Festival Concert
8 pm Brown Hall
Ghanaian composer Ephraim Amu's music is said to have triggered a "quiet revolution" that contributed to his country's march to independence. Events, which include symposia, presentation of papers, and concerts take place at NEC, Tufts University, and Boston’s Museum of African American History.

February 27, 2014 Jazz and the Struggle for Freedom and Equality
8 pm Jordan Hall
Ken Schaphorst leads NEC Jazz Orchestra in landmark works created to combat racism and bigotry.

March 5, 2014 While the Third Reich Was Rising
8 pm Jordan hall
German composers including Hindemith and Weill escaped out the back door to the U.S. while the Nazis broke through the front. David Loebel, Associate Director of Orchestras, conducts the NEC Philharmonia in orchestral suites from two operas - Hindemith's Mathis der Maler ("Matthias the Painter") and Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny - plus Alban Berg's Violin Concerto, with a student soloist to be announced. (In photo: Angel playing viola da gamba from Matthias' Isenheimer Altar.)

March 12, 2014 Music that Broke the Mold
8 pm Jordan Hall
Hugh Wolff and the NEC Symphony perform music of Wagner, Ravel, Ives, and Gershwin.

March 13, 2014 Martin Luther
8 pm Jordan Hall
William Weinert conducts NEC Chamber Singers in music based on chorales written by the leader of the German Reformation.

March 27, 2014 Turkish Songs of Protest
8 pm Jordan Hall
Robert Labaree of the NEC Faculty and Intercultural Institute, and Dünya Ensemble perform music based on Ottoman poetry from the 16th century to the present.

March 28, 2014 The Place of Race
10 am Williams Hall
Steven Swayne, Music Department Chair at Dartmouth College, leads this week’s piano seminar on "The Place of Race: playing music in today's multicultural, multiethnic world.”

March 31, 2014 The General Slocum and Other Unanswered Questions
8 pm Jordan Hall
A century after he wrote it, Charles Ives's music still provokes questions about what kind of stories a composer can tell, and how. Guest conductor Christopher Wilkins leads the NEC Philharmonia in Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique; Ives: The General Slocum, and The Yale-Princeton Football Game; Schnittke: Viola Concerto OR Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 (soloist and choice of concerto to be determined in concerto competition)

April 15, 2014 Songs of Revolution
7 pm Jordan Hall
Contemporary Improvisation ensembles pair American and Czech source songs with related works by Karel Husa, William Schuman, and Michael Tilson Thomas performed by NEC wind ensembles under the direction of Charles Peltz and William Drury.

April 17, 2014 Sun Ra Centennial
8 pm Jordan Hall
Ken Schaphorst leads NEC Jazz Orchestra in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra's arrival day on this planet.

April 23, 2014 The Revolution Begins
8 pm Boston’s Symphony Hall. Tickets required.
Presented in association with Celebrity Series of Boston, High Wolff conducts NEC Philharmonia in Symphony Hall, with a program that includes Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11, "The Year 1905"—representing a decisive moment in the road to the Russian Revolution. Plus works of Beethoven, and the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 with violinist Xiang Yu '13 AD

May 1, 2014 Celebrating the American Revolution and France’s Essential Friendship
Boston Common, noon
Because France’s support was indispensable to the American goal of freedom from England, the NEC Wind Ensemble celebrates one of the great American Revolutionary heroes, the Marquis de Lafayette, at the statue of General Lafayette on Boston Common. We recreate the sound of the massed bands and choruses that celebrated American freedom.

Other Second Semester Highlights

(All concerts in NEC’s Jordan Hall and free unless otherwise noted)

January 2014
Monday, January 13, at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Natasha Brofsky, cello
Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata for cello and piano in D Major, Op. 58
Matthias Pintscher: Janusgesicht, for cello and viola
Philippe Hersant: Choral, for cello and harp
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm,
Faculty Recital: Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, collaborative piano
Russian vocal and instrumental music with guest artists Michael Meraw, Nicholas Kitchen, Yeesun Kim.
Music of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, and Sviridov.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 8 pm
Xiang Yu, Violin
Now in his second year of the AD program, violinist Xiang Yu gives Jordan Hall recital with pianist Dina Vainshtein.
Vitali: Chaconne
Frank: Sonata
Schubert: Fantasie in C-Major

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Williams Hall 3:00—5:00 pm
Masterclass: Gryphon Trio in conjunction with Celebrity Series of Boston

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Williams Hall, 4:00 –6:00 pm
Kirill Gerstein, piano masterclass in conjunction with Celebrity Series of Boston


Sunday, February 2, 2014, beginning at 10:00 am, various halls
NEC Preparatory School presents
Today’s Youth perform Today’s Music
featuring composer Judith Weir, who will be in residence and whose works
will be performed by student musicians.   

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Tanya Kalmanovitch, improvising violin/viola

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Brown Hall at 8:00 pm
Open For’m: Lee Hyla
Stephen Drury leads Callithumpian Consort in a commissioned work by Hyla with the composer in residence.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Cutler Majestic Theater, Boston, Tickets required
Monteverdi: L’Incoronazione di Poppea
All student cast and orchestra
Joseph Mechavich, conductor
Steven Goldstein, director

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Pierce Hall at 7:00 pm
Masterclass: Pieter Wispelwey, cello

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm
NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
Hugh Wolff, Resident Conductor
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts from the suites)
Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette: Symphonie Dramatique
     Romeo Alone, Capulets’ Ball

Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Kenneth Radnofsky, saxophone

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
New Music at NEC
The Callithumpian Consort and Stephen Drury perform a commissioned work by Hans Thomalla

Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Shakespeare 450: The Bard as Muse
Curated by Tatyana Dudochkin, Preparatory School faculty

Monday, February 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Kim Kashkashian, viola
With Robert Levin, pianist
Music of Schubert, Brahms, and Argentinian songs

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm
NEC Chamber Orchestra (conductorless ensemble coached by Donald Palma)
Handel: Concerto grosso, op.6, no.2, HWV 230, F major   
Mozart: Symphony No.29, K.201 (186a), A major
Suk: Serenade for Strings in E-flat

Thursday, February 27, 2014
NEC’s Keller Room at 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Violist Thomas Riebl Public Masterclass

Friday, February 28, 2014
NEC’s Keller Room at  5:00 - 7:00 pm
Violist Thomas Riebl Public Masterclass

MARCH 2014

Sunday, March 2 at 8:00 pm
Borromeo String Quartet with student guest artists

Monday, March 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm
First Monday at Jordan Hall
Curated by Laurence Lesser
Program includes music of Dvorak, Stephen Foster, and Mendelssohn.
Performers include the Grammy Award-winning NEC alumni Parker String Quartet; Randall Hodgkinson, piano; and members of NEC's Contemporary Improvisation department.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Chamber Music - Trio Cleonice

Friday, March 7, 2014
NEC’s Brown Hall at 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Baritone Thomas Hampson Public Masterclass

Monday, March 10, 2014
Williams Hall at 8:00 pm
[nec] shivaree, directed by Stephen Drury

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 8 pm
Faculty recital: Julianne Lee, violin

Monday, March 17, 2014
NEC’s Brown Hall at 8:00 pm
Music for Food - Curated by violist Kim Kashkashian
Admission by food donation, contribution to Food for Free
“The Sounds of South America,” Pt. 3
Piazzolla: Grand Tango
Songs from Argentina
Dvorak: Dumky Trio
Lois Shapiro, piano; David Russell, cello;
Kim Kashkashian,viola; Damien Francoeur-Krzyek,piano
The Weilerstein Trio

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: James Buswell, violin
Chamber music featuring Buswell and his extended NEC family

Friday, March 28, 2014
Keller room 4:00—6:00 pm
Jerusalem Quartet masterclass

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Brass Bash
Annual celebration of brass music in which students and their Boston Symphony Orchestra teachers perform together

APRIL 2014

Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00 pm
NEC Honors Ensembles: Jazz + Wild Card

Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm
NEC Percussion Ensemble
Frank Epstein, director
Program to include:
Wolfgang Rihm:Tutuguri VI.

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm
First Monday at Jordan Hall
Curated by Laurence Lesser
Program includes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, op. 115
Performers include Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Donald Weilerstein, David McCarroll, violin; Dimitri Murrath, viola; Laurence Lesser, cello

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Pierce Hall at 2:00 pm
Masterclass: Gary Hoffman, cello

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm
NEC Symphony conducted by Paul Biss
Alan Hovhaness '36: Mysterious Mountain
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
plus works by Beethoven and a student composer.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm
NEC Chamber Orchestra
Bartok: Divertimento

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Cutler Majestic Theater
NEC Opera Department presents Strauss’ Die Fledermaus
All student cast and orchestra
Stephen Lord, conductor
Joshua Major, director

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Piano Honors Concert
Chopin: Mazurkas
Annual Marion Rubin Berman ’31 Piano Honors Competition and Concert

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Yoojin Jang ’15 AD, violin
Artist Diploma recital

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Woolsey Hall of Yale University, CT at 8:00 pm
NEC Concert Choir, New Haven Symphony Orchestra
William Boughton, conductor
Danielle Barger ’14 M.M., soprano; Joshua Quinn ’13 UG, baritone
Brahms: German Requiem, Op. 45

Friday, April 25, 2014
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hartford, CT, at 8:00 pm
NEC Concert Choir, New Haven Symphony Orchestra
William Boughton, conductor
Danielle Barger ’14 M.M., soprano; Joshua Quinn ’13 UG, baritone
Brahms: German Requiem, Op. 45

MAY 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm Brown Hall
NEC Lab Orchestra and conductors in Orchestral Conducting program

May 1, 8, 12, 13, 15 at 8:00 pm
NEC Honors ensembles
student chamber groups chosen by competition perform individual Jordan Hall

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
First Monday at Jordan Hall
Curated by Laurence Lesser
Program to include: Arensky: Quartet (for violin, viola and two cellos)
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir of Florence
Performers include Lucy Chapman, James Buswell, violin; Roger Tapping, Kim Kashkashian, viola: Lluis Claret, Natasha Brofsky, Carol Ou, cello

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Rescheduled faculty recital: Russell Sherman
Schoenberg: Drei Klavierstuecke, Op. 11
Debussy: Estampes
Scriabin: Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 30
Chopin: 24 Preludes Op. 28

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
7 pm, The Boston Opera House,
NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Ballet School Dancers
Annual Next Generation Performance

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm
NEC Commencement Concert

JUNE 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm
NEC Youth Philharmonic, Youth Symphony
David Loebel, Music Director and conductor of YPO
Steven Karidoyanes, director of YS
Shared concert by two senior Preparatory School orchestras
Program to include:
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Senior Communications Specialist
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115