Concerts & Events Coming to the New England Conservatory

Source: New England Conservatory. Selected highlights below.

Tuesday, January 18 | Callithumpian Ensemble, Steve Drury, dir.
7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall

Thursday, February 3 | Callithumpian Ensemble, Steve Drury, dir.
7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall

Tuesday, February 8 | Anna Webber conducts NEC Jazz Composers’ Orchestra
7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall

As part of her NEC residency, trailblazing composer, flutist and saxophonist Anna Webber conducts The NEC Jazz Composers’ Orchestra in her recent works for big band. She also performs with a quartet of jazz department students in a program of music from her recent release IDIOM as well as other small group pieces. Webber’s interests and work live in the aesthetic overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music.

Thursday, April 7 | Dave Holland Residency Performance with Jazz Ensembles
7:30 p.m., Brown Hall

As part of his week-long residency, visiting artist-in-residence bassist, composer, and NEA Jazz Master Dave Holland presents a concert with student jazz ensembles. The residency is presented as part of the Grow Your Art Program and funded through an anonymous donor.

Tuesday, April 12 | NEC Shivaree, Stephen Drury, dir.
7:30 p.m., Brown Hall

[nec]shivaree, the NEC avant-garde ensemble directed by NEC faculty Stephen Drury, is the attack wing of NEC’s new music program, performing the modern, the new, and the avant-garde. Sounds are provided by such composers as John Cage, Steve Reich, Morton Feldman, George Crumb, Galina Ustvolskaya, and Giacinto Scelsi. The players of [nec]shivaree have worked with composers John Zorn, John Luther Adams, Christian Wolff, and Frederic Rzewski. The group gives concerts both inside and outside of the Conservatory, and has performed regularly at the Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge and Tonic and The Stone in New York.

Tuesday, April 19 | Meditations on Mingus – A Centennial Celebration
7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall

This concert marks 100 years since the birth of seminal American composer/bassist/bandleader/ record label founder/activist/poet Charles Mingus. In honor of this centenary, faculty member Frank Carlberg will curate a concert featuring Mingus’s music as well as music inspired by Mingus. Performers include Ran Blake, Jason Moran, Jason Palmer, Nedelka Prescod, Ted Reichman, NEC Black Student Union Ensemble, The NEC Wind Ensemble, NEC Jazz Orchestra and students from the Jazz Department. Compositions from all periods of Mingus’ career are presented in a wide range of approaches ranging from faithful versions to radical re-compositions of the originals. Pieces to be performed include “Meditations On Integration,” “Fables of Faubus,” “Weird Nightmare,” “Reincarnation Of A Lovebird,” “Half-Mast Inhibition,” and others.

Thursday, April 21 | The NEC Jazz Orchestra Celebrates the 100th Birthday of Charles Mingus
7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall

In honor of Charles Mingus’s centenary, the NEC Jazz Orchestra will perform “Mingus Fingers,” “The Shoes of the Fisherman’s Wife” and “Meditations on Integration.”

Wednesday, May 4 | RITUAL: Directed by Anthony Coleman
7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall

In this concert produced by Anthony Coleman, CI students, faculty, and special guests draw from the music of weddings, funerals, and other ritual occasions and explore the ways that ritual manifests in our life and music.