On Music as Transformation, 'Sheltering Voices', and Political Exile (Opus Affair Blog)

Many of you may have seen a video circulating Facebook featuring an orchestra whose choir was comprised partly of women currently experiencing homelessness. The project, called 'Sheltering Voices', is the brainchild of Kristo Kondakçi, co-founder and conductor of the Eureka Ensemble, and has gone viral with cities across the country reaching out to Kondakçii in an effort to start similar programs in their home-cities. Click to read more!

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What's in a Team?

{From Eureka Ensemble Blog} In September 2017, I organized a core team retreat to discuss the strategy for the year build the relationships between members. To prepare, I gave an assignment for everyone to create “personal bios”. These bios would contain their stories, successes/failures, and what about the Eureka mission speaks to them. Click to read the result!

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Eureka Finds It! {review}

{Boston Music Intelligencer} The Eureka Ensemble gave its debut concert on May 17, 2017. It was a hit! This review notes that "everything flowed naturally" and that "Eureka and Kondakçi passed...with flying colors". On the famous allegretto movement of the Beethoven, the reviewer commented that "Eureka’s performance...is now my favorite." 

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Young Weymouth Conductor Wields the baton with Boston Landmarks Orchestra {Interview}

When he arrived in Quincy at age 5, Kristo Kondakci didn’t know that his Albanian grandfather had spent eight years in prison for performing Western music. That story came out after Kondakci’s own musical gifts surfaced. His family history gives the newly appointed assistant conductor of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra a deep appreciation for his orchestra. In six free Hatch Shell concerts this summer, the orchestra will bring to audiences music from a variety of cultures and traditions.

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"First of Mahler" opens NEC season {review}

‘The First of Mahler’’ was the title of the opening concert of New England Conservatory’s season commemorating the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s death. But what NEC offered at a packed Jordan Hall was a first in more ways than one, as the original version of Mahler’s First Symphony got what director of orchestras Hugh Wolff believes was its first performance since its Budapest premiere on Nov. 20, 1889. On Monday night, it was paired with Richard Strauss’s tone poem “Don Juan,’’ which debuted in Weimar on Nov. 11, 1889, and the NEC Philharmonia under Wolff was fully equal to the challenge of these two composers’ explosive early works.

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An American Premiere of Early Mahler's First

{Boston Globe} When the idea of doing a Mahler festival was being kicked around at New England Conservatory earlier this year, Hugh Wolff, the school’s director of orchestras and an eminent conductor, was tasked with coming up with some programs. He discovered that Strauss’s tone poem “Don Juan’’ and Mahler’s First Symphony had premiered within weeks of each other in 1889. He could program both works on opening night: Assignment complete.

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