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Boston Conservatory at Berklee Presents 2019 New Music Festival

February 20, 2019 Madison Spahn

The 2019 New Music Festival, running February 21 through 26, features Boston Conservatory contemporary classical performance students and ensembles alongside world-class guest artists. Featuring works by Mario Davidovsky, Igor Stravinsky, Saunder Choi, Steve Reich, David Bowie, and multiple premieres of student compositions.

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Boston Conservatory Named a Best School for Aspiring Choreographers

January 28, 2019 Madison Spahn

Accolades are hardly new for Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s B.F.A. contemporary dance program. Having already been named a top 10 program by Backstage and a top 25 program by OnStage, Boston Conservatory can claim yet another distinction as one of College Magazine’s 2019 10 best colleges for aspiring choreographers.

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Hydrogen Jukebox, running Feb 7-10

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Center Stage to Present American Opera 'Hydrogen Jukebox'

January 14, 2019 Tori Donahue

Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Center Stage season will begin its spring semester of programming with the contemporary American opera Hydrogen Jukebox, composed by Philip Glass based on the writings of beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Performances will take place at the Boston Conservatory Theater from Thursday, February 7, through Sunday, February 10.
 

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Retuned: Boston Conservatory's Music Division Sets a New Tone for Classical Music Training

December 20, 2018 STAGES Magazine

Michael Shinn joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2017 at a remarkable time in the school’s history: it had just celebrated its 150-year anniversary; joined the larger Berklee organization; and enlisted the visionary Cathy Young as the school’s first-ever female leader. A year into the job, Shinn has set some impressive initiatives in motion, having had the time—and support—to evaluate the Music Division’s strengths and develop a strategy that reaches far beyond academic enhancements and opportunities.

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What a Conservatory Education Should Be: A Reflection by Cathy Young

December 19, 2018 Cathy Young for STAGES Magazine

Over the past 25 years, there has arguably been more change in the way we experience life than at any other time in history. Our art forms are not immune to these changes. In fact, technology has not only radically impacted how performances are disseminated and experienced by audiences, but it has also transformed the art forms themselves and the very ways art is created. How do we, as a performing arts conservatory, respond to this new world?

'Dance Magazine' Spotlights Boston Conservatory's Innovative Work on Inclusivity in the Classroom

December 18, 2018

Boston Conservatory at Berklee recently announced that select courses in its ballet curriculum will be renamed in support of an ongoing institutional effort to ensure inclusivity in the classroom. A bold first step in creating dialogue around gender constructs in traditional dance forms such as ballet, Executive Director Cathy Young sat down with Dance Magazine to talk about Boston Conservatory’s focus on inclusivity and how its Dance Division curriculum—and the renaming of these courses—reflect this.

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The Water Becomes a Character: A Conversation with 'Metamorphoses' Director Theresa Lang

December 06, 2018 John Mirisola

Since its debut in 1996, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses has become a modern classic of American theater. The Tony Award–winning play’s hallmark feature is the body of water constructed on the stage—in this production, a river—which serves as a shifting setting for these unforgettable retellings of ancient myths of transformation.

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