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America? America! Our Country Through Music

New England Conservatory | Posted 12.30.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

America? America! Our Country Through Music By Eden MacAdam-Somer Photo By Andrew Hurlbut The morning after our recent presidential election, I gat...

Awakening Joy Through Jazz Studies

New England Conservatory | Posted 11.08.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

Awakening Joy Through Jazz Studies By Joel Yennior Albert Einstein once proclaimed, "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative e...

The Indispensable Pianist By Pei-Shan Lee

New England Conservatory | Posted 10.10.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

Pianists have increasingly come to understand that collaborative piano is not an escape for a failed solo pianist but is an exciting, rewarding field open to wonderful musicians who love making music and exchanging ideas with others.

The Harmonic Sorcery of Jerry Bergonzi:Spotlight on Standards

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.18.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The Boston based tenor magician Jerry Bergonzi returns to the organ/tenor/drums format to spin his harmonic sorcery on his latest offering titled Spot...

'The Path Through Science to Bach's Emotions'

New England Conservatory | Posted 08.16.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

Twice in my life I had devoted time to performing and recording these works; I felt the itch to do it one more time. This, I knew, might be the last time, and I wanted it to be special. I also thought it might be an opportunity to write about this music. In order to do it well, I wanted to do some research.

Reflections On A Composer's First Opera

New England Conservatory | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

Opera is a fabulous teaching tool, but I don't identify with the fluffy, fantasy, or historic driven plots of many of the most popular operas. I appreciate it in its many forms, but not in this work.

The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty

New England Conservatory | Posted 06.13.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty By Ruth Lepson The history of the lyric and of the separation between poetry and music in the Western world is co...

The Magic of Music

New England Conservatory | Posted 06.03.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

We know the power of artistic expression, and we know that music is essential to life, growth and our well-being, but do we really know how to share this gift of music?

Astoria Characters: The Gal of Grand Gestures

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.08.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's too hard to sit still, and there's no point to it. Life equals kinetic energy, which is why Verunka Vlkova-Fierro plugs in the 6-foot-long sign as soon as she makes her entrance into the living room.

Ten Pianists Reflect on the Enduring Influence of Paul Bley 1932-2016

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 01.11.2017 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

With the recent passing of the pianist Paul Bley, I was intrigued by the many tributes posted on line and in newspapers for this very iconoclastic pla...

"Why Do You Give Two Beats?": Pierre Boulez Remembered -- By David Loebel

New England Conservatory | Posted 01.15.2017 | Arts
New England Conservatory

In the days since Pierre Boulez's death on January 5, innumerable tributes have hailed him as the dominant European composer and conductor of the post-war era. Not mentioned as often, however, is his role as an educator of musicians and audiences.

She Makes Beautiful Music

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.03.2016 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

America the Beautiful is a beloved patriotic song -- written by a woman! Women have contributed to the field of music as singers, songwriters, composers, and conductors. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

Commencement Into This New World

Tony Woodcock | Posted 05.19.2016 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Within this Darwinian analysis of higher education, what is the state of play in the performing arts and where exactly is their place in our contemporary world?

Ran Blake and Film Noir

Tony Woodcock | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

An extraordinary improvising musician who styles himself a "noir pianist," Ran celebrates his 80th birthday on August 20 this year. He can look back, and indeed forward, at a life spent entirely in music as a performer and as an educator.

Who Do We Perform For?

Tony Woodcock | Posted 11.08.2014 | 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.