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: