NEC Chamber Orchestra: Haydn, Stravinsky, Rózsa

NEC: Jordan Hall | Directions

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

The NEC Chamber Orchestra was created to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the principals of chamber music in a small orchestral setting.  The participants are chosen by audition at the beginning of the academic year and remain together throughout. As the ensemble rehearses and performs without a conductor, leadership responsibilities are rotated for every work performed. This affords the students an opportunity to develop communication skills, take responsibility for musical decisions and broaden their aural and score reading capabilities. Participation in the program also allows them to explore a wide range of the incredibly rich chamber orchestra literature.

Donald Palma is artistic director.


This is an in-person event with a public live stream

  1. Franz Joseph Haydn | Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Hob. 1/6 "Le Matin"

    Adagio - Allegro
    Adagio - Andante
    Finale: Allegro

    Program note

    Nicknamed Le Matin, Franz Joseph Haydn’s Sixth Symphony was his first work for Prince Paul II Anton Ezterházy back in 1761. Drawing on inspiration from the concerto grosso structure, Haydn’s Sixth showcases a range of soloists in each movement, including some rare soloists such as the double bass and bassoon. It is speculated that the reason for this was to please his new employer by making reference to some popular traditions, but then making them uniquely his own. The nickname, which did not originate from the composer but was happily adopted, comes from the slow introduction of the opening movement which is said to represent a sunrise. Grouped with the Seventh and Eighth symphonies in this ‘series’, the nicknames spread to noon and evening for the rest of the trio. 

  2. Igor Stravinsky | Concerto in D Major, "Basel Concerto"

    Arioso: Andantino
    Rondo: Allegro

    Program note

    Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto in D Major (“Basel Concerto”) was commissioned in 1946 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Basler Kammerorchester. Paul Sacher, with his chamber orchestra, was responsible for commissioning and premiering important works over the course of twentieth century by composers including, to name a few: Bartók, Strauss, Henze, Honegger, Martin, Martinů, Hindemith, Carter, Lutoslawski and Dutilleux. To distinguish this work it form Stravinsky’s earlier Concerto in D (the violin concerto), it is often given the title “Basler.” It is a bright, accessible work of great rhythmic vitality, and harmonic richness, with the interval of the minor second cleverly dictating the harmonic and melodic content of all three movements. A ballet version, The Cage, was choreographed by Jerome Robbins for the New York City Ballet in 1951.


  4. Miklós Rózsa | Concerto for Strings, op. 17

    Moderato, ma risoluto ed energico
    Lento con gran espressione
    Allegro giusto

    Program note

    Hungarian-American composer, Miklós Rózsa was best known for composing over one hundred film scores including three Academy Award winning scores for Spellbound, Ben-Hur, and A Double Life. Rozsa described his own creative life as “a double life”, composing concert music alongside his many obligations to the Hollywood studios. His violin concerto was commissioned by Heifetz, the Sinfonia Concertante by Piatigorsky, the Cello Concerto by János Starker and the Viola Concerto by Pinchas Zukerman.
            The Concerto for Strings was composed in Hollywood in 1943. The music harkens back to his Hungarian roots with echoes of Bartók and Kodály.

  5. NEC Chamber Orchestra

    Kitty Amaral **
    David Carreon ‡
    Bo-Wen Chen
    Hayong Choi §§
    Nick Hammel ‡‡
    Hyeon Hong §
    Harin Kang
    Yeji Lim *
    Qiyan Xing

    John Clark §
    Njord Fossnes
    Rituparna Mukherjee *
    Maureen Sheehan ‡  

    Alexander Davis-Pegis *
    Claire Park ‡
    Yi-I Stephanie Yang §   

    Alyssa Peterson
    Daniel Slatch *‡§

    Jeong Won Choe
    Dane Bennett *
    Donovan Bown
    Zoe Beck
    French horn
    Yeonjo Oh
    Willow Otten *

    Principal players
    * Haydn
    * Rózsa

    Double symbol for principal 2nd violin