Photo by Jamie Jung

NEC's most popular chamber music series, curated by cellist Laurence Lesser, President Emeritus and Walter W. Naumburg Chair in Music, features faculty, alumni, students and friends. Performers whose names are followed by an asterisk are NEC alumni.

Program includes works by Dvorak, Stephen Foster, and Mendelssohn.

It is common knowledge that Antonin Dvorak found great inspiration for his compositions from the folk music of his Czech homeland. And most know that during and after he spent time in America as head of Jeanette Thurber’s National Conservatory of Music of America, Dvorak composed several works, the famous “New World” Symphony and his American String Quartet inspired by our indigenous music. Through his example and advocacy, he urged his American colleagues to search for the germ of their authentic music within American folk idioms. “The music of the people is like a rare and lovely flower growing amidst encroaching weeds,” he wrote. “Thousands pass it, while others trample it under foot, and thus the chances are that it will perish before it is seen by the one discriminating spirit who will prize it above all else.” Along with minstrelsy and slave songs, he singled out the music of Stephen Foster as a treasure to be celebrated and built upon. On tonight’s program, musicians of the Contemporary Improvisation department take Dvorak at his word, with the Czech master's music juxtaposed with Stephen Foster songs in newly imagined settings. It's all preceded by Mendelssohn.

Performers include the Grammy Award-winning Parker String Quartet*; Max Levinson*, piano; and members of NEC's Contemporary Improvisation department.

Mendelssohn: Quartet in D Major, Opus 44, No. 1               
The Parker Quartet: Daniel Chong*, Ying Xue*, violin; Jessica Bodner*, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim*, cello

Stephen Foster: Gentle Annie                               
Eden MacAdam-Somer, vocals
Mia Friedman, violin
Ariel Friedman, cello
Jacqueline Schwab, piano

Stephen Foster: Slumber My Darling
Jacqueline Schwab, piano

Stephen Foster Medley:
That’s What’s the Matter/Ring de Banjo               
Mia Friedman, fiddle and banjo
Ariel Friedman, cello
Eden MacAdam-Somer, foot percussion

Hard Times                                
Eden MacAdam-Somer, vocals and violin
Mia Friedman, vocals and violin
Ariel Friedman, vocals and cello
Hankus Netsky, vocals and accordion
Jacqueline Schwab, vocals and piano

Beautiful Dreamer                            
Eden MacAdam-Somer, vocals
Hankus Netsky, piano

Beautiful Dreamer
Ran Blake, piano

Dvorak: Quintet in A Major, Opus 81                        
The Parker Quartet*
Max Levinson*, piano

Date: March 3, 2014 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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