New England Conservatory hosts the Eastern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, which runs from March 6 to 8. The conference centers on the theme of "Crossing Over" and features the many different kinds of music we now perform, influenced by jazz, world, ethnic, techno, pop, fusion—it runs the gamut.

This concluding concert reaches back to the 1920’s roots of crossover and features the Temple University Wind Symphony under the direction of Emily Threinen, and West Chester University Wind Ensemble, directed by Andrew Yozviak, performing repertoire spanning almost a century; leading to that music which is now a staple of many wind band programs.

The Program:

Temple University Wind Symphony – Chamber Winds and Strings with Jazz Players
Stravinsky Ragtime for 11 instruments
George Antheil/Phibbs A Jazz Symphony
Gunther Schuller Headin' Out, Movin' In
Michael Torke Overnight Mail

West Chester University Wind Ensemble
James Syler Minton's Playhouse
John Harbison Three City Blocks
John Corigliano Lullaby for Natalie
Luis Alarcon Duende

6:40pm Arrive early for a pre-concert conversation:
“Syler Conversation” Composer James Syler, featured on tonight's concert, will be sharing his thoughts about his Third Stream works such as Minton’s Playhouse and Storyville, as well as the thinking that led to their creation. More conversation than presentation, this informal forum will give attendees the chance to interact and ask questions with this active and often-performed composer.

Please register here for the conference.

Download a PDF of the conference schedule.

Pricing for walk-in attendees

The various events of the conference are open to registered participants, as well as by day pass, which can be purchased at the entrance to NEC's Jordan Hall.

Day Pass (includes presentations): $55, $10 for high school teachers with i.d., free for all high school and local college students with i.d.

All evening concerts are free and open to the public.

Three-day conference registration price for college students is $50.

Date: March 8, 2014 - 7:30:PM
Price: Conference registration required, or admission by day pass purchased at the entrance to NEC's Jordan Hall.
Location: Northeastern University's Fenway Center

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