Tuesday, October 27, 2015

USA: New England Conservatory Presents: Gunther Schuller: A Musical Celebration

Ensembles: NEC Wind Ensemble, NEC Contemporary Ensemble, NEC Percussion Ensemble

Conductors: Ken Schaphorst, Charles Peltz, Frank Epstein

Artists: Veronica Jochum (Piano), Hugo Abraham (Double Bass), Edward Kass (Double Bass), Donald Palma (Double Bass), Boyang Yu (Double Bass), Ran Blake (Piano)

Originally planned as a celebration of composer Gunther Schuller's 90th birthday, Schuller's death on June 21 has turned this and other fall performances of his music into a first look at his legacy.

John Heiss has organized performances that span the entire 70 years of Schuller's work as a composer, as well as the tremendous range of genres and ideas addressed by his work.

1947 Quartet for Double Basses
"the opening chord is identical to the last sounds in the fourth movement of Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra, which seemed to me such an extraordinarily daring instrumental conception for 1909" GS

1948 Jumpin' in the Future

1986 Sandpoint Rag

1994 Headin' Out, Movin' In
"moves 'in' and 'out' of the mainstream tradition" GS

2005 Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards
"has more music in it than any one person could hear" Frank Epstein

In addition to these works by Gunther Schuller, Ran Blake will present the premiere performance of Gunther.

Date: November 19, 2015 - 7:30PM

Price: Free

Location: NEC's Jordan Hall

New England Conservatory