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. For tonight's program BSO Assistant Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger '02 M.M. will be conversing with Bernard Rands. 

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.

Bernard Rands' Selections

Rands: Oboe Concertino for flute, clarinet, harp, strings and solo oboe
     Adele Marie Buis, oboe solo
     Holly Rudd, flute
     Dustin Chung, clarinet
     Samantha Bennett, Mu-Ying (Adina) Tsai, violin
     Dan Urbanowicz, viola
     Zi Wang, cello
     Krysten Keches, harp
     Conducted by Charles Peltz

Yehudi Wyner: Reinhold Brinkmann...Warum? for solo piano
      Pianist Tong Wang '16, student of Bruce Brubaker

Dallapiccola: Due Studi for Violin and Piano: I. Sarabanda
     James Buswell, violin
     Yehudi Wyner, piano

Berio: O King, for mezzo-soprano and ensemble
     Jacquelyn Stucker, mezzo-soprano
     Allison Poh, flute
     Dustin Chung, clarinet
     Lisa Goddard, violin
     Mira Luxion, cello
     Joshua Marzan, piano
     Coached by John Heiss

Guest conductor Robert Spano leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra's world premiere of Bernard Rands Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with American pianist (and son of NEC faculty Miriam Fried and Paul Biss) Jonathan Biss.

Read more about the BSO premiere here

Date: April 3, 2014 - 6:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: Williams Hall

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