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NEC Symphony + Wolff

| New England Conservatory: Jordan Hall

Music by NEC alum Alan Hovhaness, plus Berlioz and Brahms.

Alan Hovhaness '36 (1911-2000) was an Arlington High School graduate—now commemorated by a monument in Arlington Center—who came to NEC to study composition with Frederick Converse and won a school competition for his Sunset Symphony. He went on to be one of the 20th century's most prolific composers, with hundreds of opus numbers and 67 numbered symphonies.

This season, Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras Hugh Wolff marks his tenth anniversary at NEC. After opening the Belgian National Orchestra season as their new artistic director, and conducting an evening of French opera in Jordan Hall, Wolff returns to NEC for orchestra programs on November 8 and 29, February 14, and March 14. On April 18, he brings the NEC Philharmonia back to Symphony Hall for the fourth time in his tenure, with a program that includes a new commissioned work by Aaron Jay Kernis, along with music by Bernstein and Debussy.

Welcome to NEC at 150! Every generation of musicians remake and change New England Conservatory. Some, like Gunther Schuller, continue to influence our music beyond their lifetimes. Others contribute for decades, pushing the sense of what's possible by their own examples. The entire season is stuffed with chances to see the NEC legacy in exceptional, infectious, passionate action. Don't miss them!


  1. Prelude and Quadruple Fugue, Op. 128

    Composer: Alan Hovhaness

    Conductor: Hugh Wolff

    Ensemble: NEC Symphony

  2. Selections from Romeo and Juliet

    • Love Scene

    Composer: Hector Berlioz

    Conductor: Hugh Wolff

    Ensemble: NEC Symphony

  3. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73

    • Allegro non troppo
    • Adagio non troppo
    • Allegretto grazioso
    • Allegro con spirito

    Composer: Johannes Brahms

    Conductor: Hugh Wolff

    Ensemble: NEC Symphony