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NEC: Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre

The Pratt Early Music Residency and Performance Series for Early Music, established by Harold I. and Frances G. Pratt at NEC in 2019, seeks to invite and engage the NEC community with performers and...

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At his home in New York, composer Chou Wen-chung was presented with an honorary doctorate by NEC President Andrea Kalyn.
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NEC: Brown Hall

Faculty member John Tyson celebrates his 40th year on faculty and presents a recital featuring polyphonic improvisations on madrigals, fantasties, dances and popular music. Joining him will be guest...

Andrea Kalyn
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New England Conservatory of Music announced today that Andrea Kalyn has been named as its 17th President.
Tanya Kalmanovitch 21CM
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"Much of what I now teach about art-making comes from my experiences between the ages of 22 and 30, when things fell apart." — Tanya Kalmanovitch, Contemporary Improvisation and Entrepreneurial Musicianship faculty

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John Tyson
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John Tyson is a winner of the Bodky International Competition, the Noah Greenberg Award, and a former student of Frans Brüggen. He has appeared as soloist in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, England...

Julia McKenzie
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Violinist Julia McKenzie performs on historical and modern violins in a wide range of musical styles. She specializes in period performance with grammy-nominated Boston Baroque (Telarc), the Handel &...

Aldo Abreu
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Aldo Abreu has taken the recorder and its repertoire to many prestigious venues throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and his native Venezuela. Since winning First Prize at the...