"First Monday first came to Jordan Hall on October 7, 1985. Thirty years later, I find most humbling the great assemblage of splendid artists over all these years, who have gathered in Jordan Hall to share their music—familiar masterpieces and the new and unfamiliar—with a wonderful audience. Let's see how long we can keep it up."
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2014-10-06 First Monday at Jordan Hall
2014-11-03 First Monday at Jordan Hall
2014-12-01 First Monday at Jordan Hall
2015-03-02 First Monday at Jordan Hall
2015-04-06 First Monday at Jordan Hall
2015-05-04 First Monday at Jordan Hall
NEC's archive of recordings of First Monday concerts is a treasure trove of irreplaceable moments of music making.
Two examples give evidence of Lesser's programming sweep. A recently uncovered 1990 video reveals a performance of the Brahms Quintet with violinists James Buswell and Marylou Speaker Churchill, violist Walter Trampler, pianist Russell Sherman, and Lesser himself. No one else holds the cards to deal this particular royal flush. A 1997 performance of Crumb's Voice of the Whale engulfed Jordan Hall in blue light, and put flutist Renée Krimsier, cellist Yeesun Kim, and pianist Donald Berman on electronically amplified and manipulated instruments.
In photo: detail from 1990 First Monday video with Russell Sherman at piano, Marylou Speaker Churchill and James Buswell on violin