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31 Remarkable Moments in Jordan Hall
11. Mezzo soprano Marilyn Horne gave two public masterclasses in Jordan Hall on October 8 and 11, 2013, sharing her knowledge and insights with NEC's voice and opera students.
10. On October 18, 2012, the NEC Jazz Orchestra performed a Tribute to Bob Brookmeyer, who taught at NEC from 1997-2007 and founded NEC's Jazz Composers' Workshop Orchestra. The concert featured Brookmeyer's own visionary, large-scale works, and his arrangements of Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller, and Hoagy Carmichael.
9. Nedelka Prescod - Doctoral student, jazz alumna, and founding director of NEC's African-American Roots Ensemble - gave the 2013 Convocation Address in Jordan Hall on September 4, 2013. Watch Prescod tell NEC community about the "life-planning conversation" that led her to google N-E-C, and what happened next.
8. Renowned composer, conductor, and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger conducting in Jordan Hall in 1939.
7. The CI department’s concert “From Third Stream to Contemporary Improvisation” on February 19, 2013 celebrated the 40th anniversary of the program.
6. One of many outstanding moments with Frank Battisti conducting the Wind Ensemble during his tenure at NEC from 1969-2000.
5. NEC presented a partially staged version of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice on October 10, 2012, featuring three Artist Diploma students from the Opera Studies program and Stephen Lord conducting the NEC Philharmonia. Follow this link to watch Jaime Korkos '11 G.D., '13 A.D. in "Che Faro Senza Euridice."
4. On March 8, 2012, jazz chair Ken Schaphorst and the NEC Jazz Orchestra performed a hit revival of pianist/composer Jaki Byard’s originals and arrangements. Featured artists on the program included Anthony Coleman, Fred Hersch, and NEC student Akenya Seymour. Listen to the concert on Instant Encore here.
3. The NEC Philharmonia concert on September 26, 2011 featured the first modern performance of the original version of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, under the baton of Hugh Wolff. View a selection from this outstanding concert here!
2. Coretta Scott King, an alumna from the class of 1954, was presented with an honorary doctorate by NEC President Gunther Schuller in 1971.
1. The Inaugural Concert in Jordan Hall took place on October 20, 1903, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing NEC Director George W. Chadwick's Dramatic Overture "Melpomene," Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, and Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.