We'll meet near the box office at Jordan Hall which is near Symphony Hall, then walk the Prudential Mall and see all the decorations and lights then back to see the free concert. Wear your nice but comfortable boots as we'll be walking and watching, about 1.5 miles.
New England Conservatory Jordan Hall
David Samour conducts the NEC Junior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble in a program that includes works by Holst, Bwernstein, Stravinsky and more.
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Acoustically superb Jordan Hall is the heart and soul of New England Conservatory and is central to the musical life of New England, with performances by the world's leading soloists and ensembles interspersed with NEC recitals and concerts. The hall has been an obligatory stop on the international concert circuit from Jacques Thibaud and Harold Bauer in 1903 to Gil Shaham and Thomas Quasthoff today.
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" border="0" alt="NEC Historic Marker" title="NEC Historic Marker" width="170" height="170">National Historic Landmark
The landmark designation came after a thorough review by the National Park Service, at the end of which NEC was deemed meritorious for its presence and influence in American music, its consistent engagement in broadening the appeal of music, and its historic status as an unaffiliated, independent school of music. The role of Jordan Hall in the execution of NEC's mission was specifically cited:
"Much of what has come to be identified with New England Conservatory of Music over the years has come about because of Jordan Hall. … The overriding principle guiding New England Conservatory of Music from its inception until today has been to maintain traditions of music while venturing out to create the new."
Jordan Hall history pointsOpened October 20, 1903, at construction cost of $120,000, with trustee Eben D. Jordan, 2nd, as benefactor; architect was Wheelwright and HavenAwarded National Historic Landmark status (with NEC) in April 1994First major restoration conducted May–October 1995, at cost of $8.2 million, as a primary goal of $25 million "Music from the Source" fundraising campaignPost-restoration awards include: 1996 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award, the Victorian Society in America's Preservation Commendation, the 1996 Boston Preservation Alliance Award, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Award of Merit, and the Illuminating Engineering Society 1996 Lumen AwardCentennial celebrations in October 2003 marked the launch of $100 million "Gift of Music" fundraising campaign.