First performed in Paris on May 29, 1913, the music Igor Stravinsky created for Vaslav Nijinksy's Rite of Spring ballet, and the choreography itself, provoked a riot among the opening night audience. Last April, New England Conservatory celebrated the 100th anniversary of that fateful day in music history with a standing-room-only performance of Rite with Hugh Wolff leading the NEC Philharmonia, seen in this video.
New England Conservatory offers orchestra concerts virtually every week of the year.
In the College, which trains adults who are on the brink of careers with professional orchestras, Hugh Wolff is NEC's Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras, and personally conducts many of the NEC Philharmonia's concerts. Donald Palma coaches the conductorless NEC Chamber Orchestra. David Loebel, Associate Director of Orchestras, conducts most of the NEC Symphony Orchestra's season, and is also now music director of NEC's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, which spearheads the Preparatory School's multitiered system along with the Youth Symphony, led by Steven Karidoyan
2013-11-06 NEC Philharmonia + Kahane
2013-11-11 NEC Youth Symphony + Karidoyanes
2013-11-13 NEC Symphony + Loebel
2013-11-20 NEC Chamber Orchestra
2013-11-22 NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra + Loebel
2013-12-04 NEC Philharmonia + Loebel
2013-12-11 NEC Philharmonia + Wolff
2013-12-12 NEC Lab Orchestra
2014-01-11 A Far Cry
2014-02-05 NEC Symphony + Loebel
2014-02-15 NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra + Wolff
2014-02-12 Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
2014-02-26 NEC Chamber Orchestra
2014-03-05 NEC Philharmonia + Loebel
2014-03-07 A Far Cry
2014-03-12 NEC Symphony + Wolff
2014-03-31 NEC Philharmonia + Wilkins
2014-04-09 NEC Symphony + Biss
2014-04-16 NEC Chamber Orchestra
2014-04-23 NEC Philharmonia + Wolff at Symphony Hall
2014-05-01 NEC Lab Orchestra
2014-05-17 Commencement Concert
2014-05-22 NEC Youth Symphony + Karidoyanes
2014-05-23 A Far Cry
2014-05-29 NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra + Wolff
2013-07-27 Festival Youth Orchestra + Bolter
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The reviews are in
The Boston Musical Intelligencer, "a virtual journal and blog of the classical music scene in Boston," has quickly established itself as the go-to source for reviews of Boston concerts. They frequently attend NEC orchestral concerts, and here's the report card.
2011-10-07 "interesting mixture of delicacy and virility … clean-cut, rousing playing"
2011-09-28 "dramatic moments were all well earned"
2011-05-07 "equal to many a professional ensemble"
2011-02-19 "the cadenzas were dynamite"
2011-02-10 "glory, precision, and light-footedness"
2011-02-06 "the world needs talent like this"
2010-10-22 "completely in sympathy with Brahms's aims"
2010-09-29 "a most blissful space"
The Boston Globe rarely reviews school concerts, but NEC's 2011 Mahler Unleashed project got their attention.
2011-09-29 "as thrilling as any performance on record"
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