May 9, 2011

NEC’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Performs Mahler, Tchaikovsky at European Tour Kickoff, June 3 in Jordan Hall

Cambridge Cellist Jonah Ellsworth Featured in Rococo Variations

New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a Mahler Journey kick-off concert, June 3 at 8 p.m. in NEC’s Jordan Hall.  The concert previews repertory to be performed during the orchestra’s tour of Eastern Europe, June 14—24. Benjamin Zander conducts the Mahler Ninth Symphony and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with cellist Jonah Ellsworth (in photo), who is the YPO’s Principal Cellist. 

In tribute to the centennial of Gustav Mahler’s death, the tour itinerary will be highlighted by concerts in Vienna at the Musikverein (June 23) and, in Prague, at Dvořák Hall in the Rudolfinum (June 16)—both cities that figured impyortantly in Mahler’s career. Other stops will be the Jihlava Mahler Festival (in the town where Mahler spent his childhood), the Litomysl Smetana Festival in the Czech Republic, and the Bratislava Summer Festival.

At the centerpiece of this Mahler Journey will be performances of the composer’s last completed symphony, the Ninth. This work, which makes fierce demands on both the virtuosity and expressive depth of an orchestra, is seldom attempted by high school aged musicians so the YPO’s performances should be standouts among the many Mahler concerts in Europe this season. Also on the programs will be the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with 15-year old wunderkind pianist George Li (this was previewed by the YPO at Jordan Hall last December ) as well as the Tchaikovsky with Ellsworth.

Tickets for the concert are $12; $7 for students and seniors; free with NEC i.d. WGBH members are 2 for 1 with i.d. To order, call the Jordan Hall Box Office at 617-585-1260.

For further information on the tour, click here.  For more concert information, check the 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. Pierce 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: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115