Some Good News (Ben Zander and the New England Conservatory)
Posted: 2012-07-11 17:43:00
Ben Zander and the New England Conservatory (NEC)
Some good news
I am glad to be able to say that the journey that began with my dismissal on January 12 has reached a satisfactory conclusion.
On July 9, 2012 the President of the Conservatory issued a statement addressed to ‘Trustees, Overseers, Faculty and Staff’. The statement said that ‘to promote healing and harmony, NEC wishes to acknowledge Ben’s significant contributions to the school during the past forty-five years’ and that NEC was therefore conferring upon me the honorific title of Faculty Emeritus of the New England Conservatory and Preparatory School.
The exchange of letters between the Conservatory and myself is accessible by the links below.
I am well satisfied with this outcome. The new honorific titles that the NEC has bestowed on me signal to the world that I have been re-established in the NEC community, while I look forward to new opportunities that have presented themselves, including the founding of a new youth orchestra under the aegis of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO).
I have major plans for the immediate future. I will, of course, be conducting the thirty fourth season of the BPO (bostonphil.org). The new Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO) is scheduled to give its first concert on November 25 in Symphony Hall, Boston with Alicia Weilerstein as soloist. The next installment of my Mahler symphony cycle with the Philharmonia on the Telarc label (The Resurrection) will be issued soon and I have taken up several invitations to guest conduct and offer Master Classes in different countries.
So I am fully back in business and in fine form.