June 15, 2012

NEC’s Calderwood Director of Orchestras Hugh Wolff to Oversee Youth Philharmonic Orchestra 2012-13 Season

Preparatory School’s Senior Orchestra to Play Three Jordan Hall Concerts, Tour Argentina

Conductors Include Wolff, David Loebel, BSO’s Critically Acclaimed Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger

Hugh Wolff, NEC’s Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras and former music director of the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, has agreed to oversee the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2012-13 season. In this capacity, Wolff will program YPO’s repertoire, rehearse and conduct the YPO’s May concert, and take the orchestra on tour to Argentina in summer 2013. Wolff has also invited David Loebel, Associate Conductor of Orchestras, and Boston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger to prepare and conduct two more concerts on November 27 and February 12 respectively. In addition, the YPO will continue its collaboration with the Boston Ballet School in its annual spring showcase at the Opera House. Boston Ballet Music Director Jonathan McPhee will conduct that performance.

“We’re thrilled that Hugh Wolff has agreed to supervise the artistic planning of the YPO’s season and to work closely himself with the orchestra,” said Leslie Wu Foley, Dean and Executive Director of Preparatory and Continuing Education. “With his extraordinary interpretive gifts, international reputation, and dedication to the highest standard of musical training, Hugh will provide our students with an unparalleled experience. This allows us to continue the search for a permanent conductor who will be exactly the right fit for the YPO,” Foley continued. “Since January, we have heard some fantastic conductor candidates, some of whom really connected with our students, but we’re taking our time to find the perfect match.”

Highlights of the new season will be the additional concert (previously the YPO performed only twice a year); the Argentinian tour with stops in Buenos Aires, Rosario and Chascomus; regular work with Wolff and Loebel (who led the orchestra during this past spring semester); and the guest appearance of Lehninger.  The Brazilian-born Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony made his BSO debut in 2010 with violinist Pinchas Zukerman as soloist and in 2011 stepped in for Maestro James Levine at short notice to conduct the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff. Also in 2011, with the BSO, he made an acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in New York and critic Anthony Tommasini wrote in the New York Times: "He was terrific, conducting all three works with impressive technique, musical insight and youthful energy." Lehninger is no stranger to NEC, having conducted the College-level NEC Philharmonia last October.

Repertory for 2012-13 will include the Tchaikovsky Sixth Symphony “Pathetique”; Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.


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.

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