This is an orchestra that full of enthusiasm and passion in the music, you can hear the power from the performances. each concerts have well-designed program that is very friendly to audience of all ages.
Truly an engaging and forward looking organization dedicated to discovering and performing new orchestral music. It's progressive programing fills a unique niche in the Boston music scene. Very high performing semi professional orchestra.
The NEP is essential to the music life of Boston as one of just two orchestras devoted to performing contemporary classical music. Its programs feature outstanding contemporary composers, many of whom come when their music is performed and speak to the audience add a wonderful personal dimension to the performances. The NEP plays many premieres, giving life to music that otherwise could languish for years before having a hearing. It also engages with young people through its Young Artist Competition, the winner of which plays with the full orchestra, and it chamber group series of 'meet the instruments' programs at Boston's Children's Museum every November. It's composer-in-residence writes new pieces for the orchestra and also judges all the entries to the annual Call for Scores that receives entries from both U.S. and international composers. The NEP brings me joy, challenges me as I hear pieces totally unfamiliar, educates my ear, and makes me proud of its multiple initiatives I've cited......on a shoestring budget and with the most minimal staff. It's an amazing organization.
Richard Pittman assembled an incredibly talented group of musicians and has supported the highest caliber contemporary composers as part of NEP's mission. The quality and range of the music and the affordability of tickets place this enterprise in a class by itself in Boston, a city that is exceptional in its musical offerings. This orchestra has stood the test of time in a community with discriminating taste. NEP deserves support.
It's really quite rare to find a volunteer orchestra like the New England Philharmonic (NEP) that values sharing new and lesser known works with the general public, the fact that the orchestra members dedicate considerable time out of their own schedules to hone and craft quality performances. Such an organization couldn't forge ahead without the daring direction of conductor Richard Pittman and the steadfast leadership of concert master Danielle Maddon. Both of them lead by example by helping the group of trained and amateur musicians build on the successes of previous concerts for future concerts.
Returning to the NEP year after year has improved my musicianship immensely. I've gained more confidence in performing, in general, and also in undertaking ambitious projects. In addition to playing works by my favorite composers, I've been fortunate to broaden my own scope of orchestral works by composers I'm less familiar with. And how exciting is it to give world premieres of works by living composers! Not only do organizations like the NEP bring this art form to audiences through maestro Pittman's rewarding programs, but they also render much of the living symphonic literature tangible to those of us who are lucky to learn and perform them.
The New England Philharmonic (NEP) is a volunteer orchestral whose effect on the programming of other orchestras in the greater Boston area is inestimable. MFor awhile we parallel with the BSO the programming of works by Michael Gandolphi, then our Composer-in-Residence. Over the past two decades, other orchestras, both professional and volunteer, have programmed more newly and recently composed works.
Aside from revolutionizing orchestral repertoire, the NEP has done a brilliant job in training musicians, some currently students at conservatories in the area, others volunteer musicians who want to develop their chops. For me, personally, it's been an incredible --and tough-- music education.
The NEP works to educate its audience as well and has also done its fair share of outreach concerts to bring music to audiences who might not ordinarily travel to a concert hall. It's a superb, mindful organization that had produced exceptionally high quality concert, despite budget limitations, and has programmed repertoire that would be challenging for professional groups. Nonetheless, the NEP has always come through with strong renditions of its varied , cohesive, and well thought out program selections.
This orchestra is simply wonderful. They play really great modern music that you can't really hear anywhere else.
Great platform to play high quality music by contemporary composers, with high standard musicians from all walks of life and different occupations.
I am a volunteer violinist with New England Philharmonic. This orchestra is unique in its mission to program new music, including music by a diverse community of composers. As a mother of two I am also happy that we program family concerts and hands on opportunities for young children to experience music, holding and trying out actual instruments of the orchestra. Concerto competitions and composition competitions support the development of new music and new musicians! The conducting is the highest quality and the soloists are amazing and inspiring. I learn a lot with every new performance, especially music that is Not part of the routine repertoire.
This is a fantastic amateur orchestra that's both professional-quality and unique in its choice of mostly modern repertoire, which almost every concert plays works by living composers who are often in the audience. I'm a clarinet player in the orchestra.
I love what the NEP does! The organization, led by Maestro Richard Pittman, works tirelessly to live up to their mission supporting contemporary music and new composers. Each concert contains a thrilling program performed by excellent musicians who share their passion for the music.
Being an NEP musician has taught me so much as a violinist, performer, and human being. We play a lot of "new" classical music written in the last few years and commission new works from both younger and more established composers. I love this way of moving the art form forward and also I get to meet and work with the composers whose work I perform--extremely rare and innovative in classical music!