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Each year John Heiss recruits students interested in performing 20th- and 21st-century music to join the NEC Contemporary Ensemble. This year, the group's season begins with modernist works from the 1960s to now.

As we celebrate Benjamin Britten's centennial, his String Quartet No. 3 completes a small but telling cycle that skips across the composer's entire lifespan. His work in this form includes unnumbered quartets wirtten while he was still in his teens; official First and Second quartets from 1941 and 1945, and the Third, written in 1975, just before his death. For more Britten, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra the week of November 7 for performances of the War Requiem.

Britten String Quartet No. 3
Robyn Bollinger, Quan Yuan, violin
Wenting Kang, viola
Julia Yang, cello

Harbison Milosz Songs
Bridget Haile, soprano
Patricia Au, piano

Heiss Mosaics and Fanfare for a very large array of flutists:
Katherine Lee Althen, Michael Avitabile, Harin Bae, Matthew Barrett, Arielle Burke, Irineo Cabreros, Johanna Gruskin, Dominique Kim, Min Ha Kim, Min Kyung Kim, Kate Lemmon, Eric Maul, Jisun Oh, Christian Paquette, Allison Poh, Holly C. Rudd, Kyle Ruggles, Adrian Sanborn, Michelle Sung, Jilene VanOpdorp, Linden Wu, Heesoo Josephine Yim, Wooyeon Milk Yoo, Bi-le Zhang, Yinzi Zhou

Ligeti Ten Pieces for Woodwind Quintet
Adrian Sanborn, flutes
Timothy Feil, oboes
Hunter Bennett, clarinet
Brittney Walker, bassoon
Paige McGrath, horn

Since 1967, John Heiss has taught NEC students the roots of 20th-century modernism both in the classroom and as a conductor and coach. His courses on Ives, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky have shaped generations of musicians.

Date: October 28, 2013 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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