We caught a concert by the NEC Philharmonia, the student orchestra of the conservatory. It was a pretty demanding program, including Heinz Werner Henze's "Symphony No. 8" and Respighi's "Pines of Rome," but these kids sounded almost as good a some professional orchestras I've heard. The sound of that final movement of the Respighi in Jordan Hall was just as powerful as it should be. These are clearly some very talented students. And the price was right: the concert was free (although you need to get there early, as seats are first-come, first-served).
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