NEW ENGLAND STRING ENSEMBLE CHOOSES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BEN HIRES TO LEAD NESE INTO 15TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON; OPENING CONCERT FEATURES VIOLINIST IRINA MURESANU
Released on: September 17, 2008, 8:29 am
Press Release Author: Ben Hires, New England String Ensemble
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Press Release Summary: BEN HIRES TO LEAD NESE INTO 15TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON; OPENING CONCERT FEATURES VIOLINIST IRINA MURESANU
Press Release Body: (Wakefield, MA – September 11, 2008) New England String Ensemble’s (NESE) board president D. Roger Howlett announced today the placement of Ben Hires as executive director of the 15-year-old organization, effective July 22, 2008. Hires succeeds Peter Stickel, who founded NESE 15 years ago.
A graduate of the Boston University Arts Administration graduate program Hires worked at the BYSO during a critical time of growth. He participated in a strategic planning process, website redesign, and multiple international tours with the group leading up to its 50th anniversary season last year. Commenting about his appointment to NESE, Hires said, “I am honored to assume the role of NESE’s executive director. I’m thankful to Peter [Stickel] and John [Bumstead] for founding this organization 15 years ago. NESE is known for its wonderful engaging performances, welcoming atmosphere, and education programs. These are the qualities I want to continue to uphold and expand upon while the organization grows.”
Hires is the former director of operations of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) where he worked with NESE music director Federico Cortese. Cortese announced that “I am extremely excited about the appointment of Ben Hires…His management skills make me very hopeful about a strongly reinvigorating series of new initiatives that he, the board and I will undertake beginning this anniversary season. The ambitious plans of growth of NESE are in great hands.”
“I am pleased to have Ben Hires lead NESE at a time when NESE’s audience is growing,” said Howlett. “The board is confident that he will provide the strategic counsel and management we need to reach our goals of providing the most engaging and inspiring performances and innovative educational programs.”
In addition to an Arts Administration degree, Hires, has a Master in Theological Studies and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Boston University.
Hires takes the leadership of NESE as the organization enters its 15th anniversary season. NESE opens the season Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 7:30pm at the Rogers Center for the Arts in North Andover and Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 3:00pm at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory. Music Director Federico Cortese will conduct international-award winning violinist Irina Muresanu as she performs Schubert’s “Rondo in A” and the premiere of a new string arrangement of Enesco’s “Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1.” The concert also includes Lutoslawski’s rarely performed “Preludes and Fugue” and concludes with Schubert’s hauntingly powerful “Death and the Maiden.”
View the full season schedule at www.NewEnglandStringEnsemble.org. Tickets are between $45 and $25; season subscribers receive up to a 20% discount.
About the New England String Ensemble The New England String Ensemble (NESE) was founded in 1993 to champion strings in performance and education. The mission of NESE is to engage, educate, and inspire with passionate string orchestra performances and innovative community programs.
Music Director Federico Cortese leads this world-class string orchestra, which performs rich and intellectually engaging new and known works, and its educational programs focuses on creating lasting relationships with young composers and performers who promise to be tomorrow's concert artists, audiences and composers.
About Music Director Federico Cortese
Federico Cortese assumed the post of Music Director of the New England String Ensemble in March 2006. He has conducted throughout the United States, Australia, China, and Europe. From 1998-2002, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa. In addition to his annual scheduled concerts, Mr. Cortese led the Boston Symphony several times in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, most notably performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. Mr. Cortese is also the Music Director at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and has conducted several prominent symphony orchestras, including Atlanta, Dallas, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Oslo Philharmonic. Opera engagements have included Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Spoleto Festival in Italy and the United States, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Saint Louis Opera, the Finnish National Opera, Opera Australia, and the Washington Opera. Mr. Cortese has been music coordinator and associate conductor of the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He also served as Assistant Conductor to Robert Spano at the Brooklyn Philharmonic and to Daniele Gatti at the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Mr. Cortese studied composition and conducting at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome and subsequently studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. In addition, he has been a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Mr. Cortese also studied literature and humanities and holds a law degree from La Sapienza University in Rome.
About Irina Muresanu
Irina Muresanu has won international acclaim as an outstanding young soloist, recitalist and chamber musician having already achieved top prizes in numerous international violin competitions. These include the Montreal International, Queen Elizabeth Violin, UNISA International String, Washington International, and the Schadt String Competitions. She is the winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, the Presser Music Award and the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association. The Boston Globe has come to praise her as "not just a virtuoso, but an artist", and the Los Angeles Times has written that her "musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu's performance especially admirable," while Strad Magazine called her Carnegie/Weill Hall performance "a first-rate recital."
Recent engagements as soloist include concerts with the Boston Pops, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), the Syracuse Symphony, the Metropolitan Orchestra (Montreal), the Transvaal Philharmonic (Pretoria), the Orchestre de la Radio Flamande (Brussels), the Boston Phiharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra among others. Irina Muresanu's talents have been sought out for collaboration with such noted performers as Kim Kashkashian, Cynthia Phelps, Sharon Robinson, Ronald Thomas, Andres Cardenes, Ilya Kaler, and Nathaniel Rosen. Irina Muresanu's performances have been frequently cited as among the "Best of" classical music performances by the Boston Globe, and her recital in the Emerging Artist BankBoston Celebrity Series was named one of the Top 10 musical events by TAB Magazine. She often can be heard on Boston's WGBH and other NPR radio stations.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Muresanu is a member of Mistral, and has appeared in such festivals and venues as Bargemusic in New York; the Rockport Festival in Massachusetts; Bay Chambers concert series and Bowdoin Festival in Maine; the Strings in the Mountains festival in Colorado; Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, Reizend Music festival in Netherlands; Festival van de Leie in Belgium; and the Renncontres des Musiciennes festival in France.
Irina Muresanu currently serves on both the faculties of the Boston Conservatory and the Music Department at MIT. She was appointed Artist-in-Residence as a member of the Lewin-Muresanu Duo at the Boston Conservatory, as well as at the New England Conservatory's Preparatory Division as a member of the Boston Trio. A native of Bucharest, Romania, she received the prestigious Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory in 1999, where she is currently a candidate for her Doctorate in Musical Arts.
Irina Muresanu plays an 1856 Joseph Rocca violin and a Charles Peccat bow, courtesy of Mr. Mark Ptashne.
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