Ensembles: NEC Wind Ensemble, NEC Contemporary Ensemble, NEC Percussion Ensemble

Conductors: Ken Schaphorst, Charles Peltz, Frank Epstein

Artists: Douglas Amos (Trumpet), Shengduo Chen (Trumpet), Maria Currie (Trumpet), Gianluca Farina (Trumpet), Matt Gaunitz (Trumpet), Andrew Heath (Trumpet), Matthew McConnell (Trumpet), Emily Nastelin (Trumpet), Kevin Natoli (Trumpet), Eric Rizzo (Trumpet), Nathan Stoerzinger (Trumpet), Samuel Thurston (Trumpet), Veronica Jochum (Piano), Edward Kass (Double Bass), Nicholas Myers (Double Bass), Donald Palma (Double Bass), Moe Winograd (Double Bass), Ran Blake (Piano)

Originally planned as a celebration of composer Gunther Schuller's 90th birthday, Schuller's death on June 21 has turned this and other fall performances of his music into a first look at his legacy.

John Heiss has organized performances that span the entire 70 years of Schuller's work as a composer, as well as the tremendous range of genres and ideas addressed by his work.

1947 Quartet for Double Basses
"the opening chord is identical to the last sounds in the fourth movement of Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra, which seemed to me such an extraordinarily daring instrumental conception for 1909" GS

1948 Jumpin' in the Future
"possibly the first atonal jazz work" Scott Yanow

1986 Franfare for twelve trumpets
The punning title refers to the fact that this piece was commissioned by and dedicated to Boston Symphony Orchestra trustee Frances Jeffery Fahnestock (1915-1997).

1986 Sandpoint Rag
Schuller's 1973 recording with the NEC Ragtime Ensemble of Scott Joplin: The Red Back Book won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, and the Ragtime idiom stayed in his thoughts over the years.

1994 Headin' Out, Movin' In
"moves 'in' and 'out' of the mainstream tradition" GS

2005 Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards
"has more music in it than any one person could hear" Frank Epstein

In addition to these works by Gunther Schuller, Ran Blake will present the premiere performance of Gunther.

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Program

Schuller: Franfare for twelve trumpets
Douglas Amos (Trumpet), Shengduo Chen (Trumpet), Maria Currie (Trumpet), Gianluca Farina (Trumpet), Matt Gaunitz (Trumpet), Andrew Heath (Trumpet), Matthew McConnell (Trumpet), Emily Nastelin (Trumpet), Kevin Natoli (Trumpet), Eric Rizzo (Trumpet), Nathan Stoerzinger (Trumpet), Samuel Thurston (Trumpet)

Schuller: Sandpoint Rag
Veronica Jochum (Piano)

Schuller: Quartet for 4 Double Basses
Allegro moderato - Allegro
Allegro scherzando
Adagio
Edward Kass (Double Bass), Nicholas Myers (Double Bass), Donald Palma (Double Bass), Moe Winograd (Double Bass)

Blake: Gunther
Ran Blake (Piano)

Schuller: Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards
Lento, quarter note = 52
quarter note = 40
quarter note = 128
Allegro, half note = 88

Date: November 19, 2015 - 7:30PM

Price: Free

Location: NEC's Jordan Hall

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