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New England Conservatory of Music

Who Do We Perform For?

Tony Woodcock | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Every September at New England Conservatory, we kick off the new academic year with an all-school assembly we call "Convocation."

Count to 9

Tony Woodcock | Posted 05.11.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Have you ever been knocked sideways by a performance of a work that you know really well? In fact, so well, that you have approached past performances more as duty rather than a pleasure. It happened to me recently with the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, one of the most popular and often performed works in the repertoire.

How to Choose Your First Orchestral Concert

Tony Woodcock | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

What is essential is to allow yourself the opportunity of a really strong visceral experience and response to the musicians and the sheer sound of their music. You should ask the box office to recommend seats with the best acoustics and sight lines to allow just that.

Elvis van Beethoven

Tony Woodcock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Hearing Kirsten, Damon and Yoojin was like learning to swim all over again. Through them, I was reveling in the music's depths, colours, and warmth, taking joy in what music and these young artists can teach us... particularly me.

What's in a Fludde?

Tony Woodcock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

One of the most creative and inventive films I've seen recently was Wes Anderson's 2012 Moonrise Kingdom, with all the strange oddities of style, camera angles, and storyline that make this director's work so compelling and so memorable.

Île de Saint-Louis: An Homage for Henri Dutilleux (1916--2013)

Tony Woodcock | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
Tony Woodcock

It was the First Symphony (1951) of Henri Dutilleux, a composer who was entirely new to me then. I came to know the work well and it started me along a road of discovery of one of the finest composers of the 20th Century.

Kim Kashkashian's Grammy-Winning Album

Elizabeth Oka | Posted 07.20.2013 | Arts
Elizabeth Oka

Classical music and reality TV couldn't be further removed. But the confusion following Kim Kashkashian's recent Grammy award win made it clear that she's still mainly known for having a confusingly similar name to the reality TV star.

Music Heals

Tony Woodcock | Posted 07.01.2013 | College
Tony Woodcock

"My heart soars like a hawk." I have always cherished this line and I found myself invoking it many times recently in connection to events following the Boston Marathon bombing.

21st Century Musicians: New Pathways

Tony Woodcock | Posted 05.13.2013 | College
Tony Woodcock

We are all prone to plateau in our endeavors, because we don't have such constant critical prodding and feedback. So our tennis, golf, snooker, running, weightlifting attain a certain level, but then get stuck.

Teaching, Learning, Experience (III)

Tony Woodcock | Posted 04.30.2013 | College
Tony Woodcock

Concert programmers, teaching artists , armies of program annotators, and museums with their rental headsets believe that audiences today lack experience and confidence in approaching an art work.

NEC in China -- It's All About Relationships

Tony Woodcock | Posted 02.06.2013 | College
Tony Woodcock

On this visit, I was once again astounded by the Chinese embrace of Western music. Consider these statistics: Thirty years after the end of the Cultural Revolution when western music was banned, approximately 40 million people are studying piano and 10 million studying violin.

Why Music Is Important: Pushing Boundaries

Tony Woodcock | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Recently, I attended a class by Hankus Netsky, who heads up the Contemporary Improvisation Department (CI) at New England Conservatory.

El Sistema Comes to the USA

Amy Novogratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amy Novogratz

El Sistema has already transformed the lives of thousands of Venezuelan children and produced extraordinary talent. With the support of the world, it would transform the lives of many more.