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.
Mark-Anthony Turnage's selections
Turnage Two Memorials
Geoff Landman, soprano saxophone
Emily Taubl, cello
Mana Tokuno, piano
Maria van der Sloot , Jesse MacDonald, violin
Linda Numagami, viola
Sonia Mantell, cello
Yuan Zhuang, piano
Knussen Prayer Bell Sketch
Benjamin Woo, piano
The BSO joined with the London Symphony Orchestra to commission Mark-Anthony Turnage's Speranza.
For his Prelude concert at NEC, Turnage has selected some of his own works for solo instrument and chamber groups, along with music by his contemporary Oliver Knussen.
photo by Philip Gatward