NEC Philharmonia + Loebel: New Paths

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In her early compositions, African-American composer Julia Perry was influenced by spirituals and the blues. After studying in post-World War II Europe with Luigi Dallapiccola and Nadia Boulanger she adopted a more abstract style, of which A Short Piece for Orchestra (1952) is representative. Yet another stylistic shift occurred in the 1960s when, in response to civil rights movement, Perry produced music suffused with the spirit of Rock ‘n Roll and Rhythm and Blues. One can only speculate what other paths she might have followed had she not died prematurely at age fifty-five.

Aaron Copland’s Orchestral Variations is a 1957 orchestration of his astringent Piano Variations (1930). The orchestral version casts new light on a landmark of American piano music, one in which Copland moved beyond his jazzy pieces of the 1920s to a more dissonant language. That language proved to be but a brief stop on Copland’s path to the folksy Americana of Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and other popular works.

Jonathan Senik '23, winner of an NEC Concerto Competition, is tonight's Brahms soloist.


This performance is open to in-person audiences, and can also be viewed below via livestream.

Watch Livestream from Jordan Hall:

  • NEC Philharmonia
  • Jonathan Senik '23, piano
  1. Julia Perry | Short Piece for Small Orchestra (1952)

  2. Aaron Copland | Orchestral Variations (1957)

  3. Johannes Brahms | Concerto for Piano No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 83

    Allegro non troppo
    Allegro appassionato
    Allegretto grazioso


    Jonathan Senik

    Jonathan Senik was born in Israel and by the age of eight had already performed an entire concerto with a symphony orchestra.  He studied for ten years with his first teacher, Mrs. Yulia Zimin, and was then a student of Prof. Mark Shaviner at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University.  He won top prizes at all national competitions in Israel and has played with most orchestras in his native country. He has collaborated with many conductors, including Vag Papian, Yi-An Xu, and Lahav Shani, the new chief conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, in a special event for the board of governors of the Tel-Aviv University. He has met and worked with well-known pianists and musicians, such as Daniil Trifonov, Prof. Dmitry Bashkirov, Prof. Boris Berman, Prof. Claudio Martinez-Mehner and many others. He was mentored by Prof. Tomer Lev and, for the past few years, by Murray Perahia as part of Jerusalem Music Center's program for outstanding young musicians.  Jonathan is a graduate of Thelma-Yellin high school of arts in Givatayim, has received merit scholarships from the America-Israel Foundation, and is currently supported by the Ronen Foundation and Bistritzky Foundation.
            A frequent chamber musician. Jonathan received first prize at the Buchmann-Mehta chamber music competition. He has performed in many special venues, such as Tel-Hai international piano masterclasses and the Arthur Rubinstein Virtual Pianofest.
            Jonathan is an undergraduate student at NEC where he studies with Alexander Korsantia and is the recipient of the John F. and Robert W. Cartwright Endowed Scholarship in Piano in Memory of Julius Chaloff and Homer Humphrey.


    • Jonathan Senik '23, piano
  4. Personnel

    First Violin
    Julian Rhee
    Dongyoung Shim

    Haekyung Ju
    Hannah Chaewon Kim
    Jia-Ying Wei
    Wangrui Xu
    Eric Chen
    Bo-Wen Chen

    Jordan Hadrill
    Qiyan Xing
    Victoria Pan
    Eric Jiang

    Second Violin
    Hannah Goldstick
    Minami Yoshida
    Cheng-Hsuan Ethan Chen
    Hanks Tsai
    SooBeen Lee

    Chae Lim Yoon
    Haerim Oh
    Esther Yang
    Lìyuán Xiè
    Chloe Hong
    Haeun Honney Kim


    Zhanbo Zheng
    Samuel M. Zacharia
    Bram Fisher
    Aidan Garrison
    Ray Wang
    Sae Rheen Kim
    Lydia Plaut

    Aadam Ibrahim

    Andres Sanchez
    Sebastian Ortega
    Isaiah Applbaum
    Youjin Ko
    Dilshod Narzillaev
    Trés Foster

    Yihan Wu
    Gregory Miguel Padilla
    Jacob Kalogerakos

    Minyi Wang

    Clara Lee*
    Subin Oh
    Mara Riley
    Erika Rohrberg‡
    Dianne Seo
    Megan Trach^

    Erika Rohrberg
    Dianne Seo‡
    Megan Trach^

    Ryoei Leo Kawai
    So Jeong Kim^
    Samuel Rockwood
    Nathalie Graciela Vela*
    Kip Zimmerman‡

    English horn
    Izumi Amemiya

    Tyler J. Bourque
    Ching-Wen Chen‡
    Hyunwoo Chun

    Benjamin Cruz
    Soyeon Park*
    Erica Smith^

    Bass Clarinet
    Benjamin Cruz

    Zoe Beck
    Andrew Brooks
    Andrew Flurer^
    Chaoyang Jing
    Miranda Macias‡
    Richard Vculek*

    French horn
    Drew Hayes‡
    Xiang Li*
    Yeonjo Oh
    Tess Reagan
    Helen Wargelin^

    Jake Baldwin
    Sarah Heimberg
    Qiyun Liu*
    David O’Neill
    Dimitri Raimonde^
    Jon-Michael Taylor‡

    Katie Franke*
    Jianlin Sha‡

    Bass Trombone
    Ki Yoon Park

    Jim Gifford

    Ross Hussong^
    Taylor Lents‡
    Tennison Watts*

    Ross Hussong
    Taylor Lents
    David Uhlmann*
    Tennison Watts‡

    Hannah Cope Johnson*
    Morgan Mackenzie Short‡

    Miles Fellenberg

    Principal players