Music History

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NEC: Jordan Hall

Since at least the 16th century, the Turkish maftirim repertoire – Hebrew devotional poetry set to Turkish makam music for use in the synagogue – demonstrates the deep relationships Ottoman Jews...

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NEC: Jordan Hall
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Scott Metcalfe is the director of Blue Heron, acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and the winner of the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for...

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This “coffeehouse opera” was created by alumnus and faculty member Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol ’00 MM, ’04 DMA.
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Gallagher is the first musician or music historian to be elected to the Society in its 52-year history.
Frank Battisti, Veronica Jochum, John Moriarty, Gregory Smith
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Frank Battisti, Veronica Jochum, John Moriarty, and Gregory Smith will be honored as Faculty Emeriti at Commencement 2019.
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NEC: Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre

Othello in the Seraglio, a uniquely powerful “coffeehouse opera,” tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy, of a black slave at the 17th century Ottoman Court who rises to...

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NEC: Pierce Hall

Presented by the 2050 Forum, the Intercultural Institute, and the Music History Department—a roundtable discussion with Jeff Todd Titon on the future of music & sound in the face of climate disruption...

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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: Blumenthal Family Library

In his Missa Solemnis, Beethoven used a very elaborate set of expression marks in the manuscript that do not appear in printed versions of the score. These markings are directly connected to the text...