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NEC Spring Concert Series Finale: Wolff + Borodin, Stravinsky & Schumann

It's time for the last FREE classical music concert of the spring season at the New England Conservatory of Music!

Tonight, Maestro Hugh Wolff and the NEC Philharmonia recall the notorious Parisian premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and its program partner, Borodin's Polovtsian Dances, in tonight’s performance. Carrying the theme of spring forward, they also perform Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 “Spring” with its more tranquil and domestic nature.

Mr. Wolff conducted the Rite (along with Brahms' 3rd symphony) in his very first public concert with the NEC, some four years ago, and it was one of the most dynamic, electrifying performances I have ever witnessed.  Wolff's command of the material, and his obvious ability to inspire the students and make them want to perform for him and take it to another level made me realize that a truly special talent had come to Boston.  I am looking forward to another amazing performance!

For more information on this concert and its historical precedent, visit http://necmusic.edu/nec-philharmonia-wolff-2.

Included on that page is a wonderful ~10 minute video of Maestro Wolff discussing The Rite of Spring, his introduction to it, the history surrounding it and its impact on modern composition.  I HIGHLY recommend watching it, as it will inform and hopefully enhance your enjoyment of the concert.  For a larger format of that video, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkwMZcf6YTg.

(Listen to excerpts below; the names in the list link to youtube performances of the works.)

I think this concert is going to get a lot of press and be well attended, so let's meet up at no later than 7:15pm, (and preferably earlier) so we can ensure that the group can all get seats together when the doors open, and then socialize before the concert.  We will sit in our usual spot in the left balcony for this event.

Directions to Jordan Hall:
The hall is located at the corner of Huntington and Gainsborough streets, about a block south of the Symphony T stop on the Green Line. It's also close to the Mass Ave station on the Orange line.  Look for the building with the YMCA sign on top of it as you walk down Huntington Ave--it's near that building. The main entrance is reached from Gainsborough Street.


This evening's program will include:

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  • john t

    Will , thank you again for leading this year , jt

    April 25, 2013

  • Rick

    I really enjoyed this. Thx.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Mariam

    Awesome.

    April 25, 2013

  • Kat

    Thank you, it was amazing!!!!

    April 25, 2013

  • Nathalie

    Will, thanks again for organizing such a wonderful event!

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Teresa B

    Will, You are a treasure, thanks for your energy and kind sharing of these events. I have had such great experiences, from the NEC to the Sackler Museum storyteller. You are STELLAR!! Teresa

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    Wonderful concert.

    April 25, 2013

  • Will

    Superb. The Rite was fabulous, but I was surprised by the other two pieces played as well-- I had heard bits of the Borodin before, but never the whole piece, and the Schumann was delightful. Truly a great ending to a great season. Thanks to everyone for attending!

    2 · April 25, 2013

  • john t

    wow , amazing , the energy

    April 24, 2013

  • Fox S.

    Stravinsky is one of my favorites!

    April 24, 2013

  • Will

    Hi all -- I encourage everyone to watch the video I put in the event posting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkwMZcf6YTg) -- it's like a pre-concert talk, and is totally worth it!

    April 24, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    I have a meeting by South Station that's over at 7PM. I'll get there ASAP... Hope I can get in! Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    April 22, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    I have a meeting by South Station that's over at 7PM- I'll get there ASAP... Hope I can get in!

    April 22, 2013

  • Harry V.

    Hey, thanks for posting this!

    April 22, 2013

  • Jill A.

    I'm so pumped! Do we need to get tickets in advance somewhere?

    April 22, 2013

    • Will

      No, there are no tickets -- it's first come, first seated, so get there on time or early!

      April 22, 2013

  • Virginia

    Planning to attend so far, never attend the NEC before. Look fwd to it!

    April 19, 2013

  • Jürgen R.

    Sorry. Have a Montreal trip that week

    April 16, 2013

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