Do you hear what I hear?

This season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrates composers of our time with four concerts showcasing premieres of newly commissioned works. To offer an intimate and revealing window into how these composers listen to music, and to understand how what they hear informs their own compositional processes, NEC and the BSO have collaborated to present unique—and decidedly eclectic—hour-long Prelude concerts. Curated by the composers themselves, these feature a sampling of works that have been especially meaningful to the composer's musical life and vision.

In addition to the musical performances, each composer will offer commentary on the chosen works in conversation with BSO Assistant Artistic Administrator Benjamin Schwartz '03 M.M.

Each Prelude concert is performed here at NEC by our own outstanding student artists, and immediately precedes the composer's opening night concert with the BSO. The Prelude concerts at NEC end by 7pm, allowing ample time for BSO ticketholders to arrive at Symphony Hall for their 8pm concert.

Marc NeikrugMarc Neikrug's selections

Varèse Octandre
Johanna Gruskin, flute
Elizabeth O’Neil, oboe
Diana Searle, clarinet
Christina Dioguardi, bassoon
Joshua Blumenthal, horn
Kathyrn Driscoll, trumpet
Zachary Guiles, trombone
Charles Peltz, conductor

Density 21.5
Kate Lemmon, flute

Mahler "Ich atmet' einen linden Duft"
Berg "Schliesse mir die Augen beide"
(1907 and 1925 versions)
from Seven Early Songs:
"Nacht" - "Die Nachtigall" - "Im Zimmer" - "Sommertage"
Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano
Joshua Marzan, piano

Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 9, "Black Mass"
Yixiang Hou

Mozart Adagio from
String Quintet in D Major, K. 593
Alexi Kenny and Yoojin Jang, violin
Steve Laraia and Wenting Kang, viola
Sujin Lee, cello

The BSO has commissioned Marc Neikrug to compose a Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra that will feature BSO principal Richard Svoboda, who teaches at NEC. More on this.

For his Prelude concert at NEC, Neikrug has selected groundbreaking works from the first half of the 20th century, along with a movement from a Mozart quintet. Mark Neikrug will be on hand to talk about his selections.

In addition to his work as a composer, the multifaceted Neikrug is artistic director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and a concert pianist who has recorded an enormous amount of the literature for violin and piano with Pinchas Zukerman.

Date: November 21, 2013 - 6:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: Williams Hall

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