Great artists give free concerts at New England Conservatory—simply because they teach here.
Premières, or first performances, are a commonplace, with new music being written every day. Repeat performances of new music can be more elusive. This concert acknowledges that paradox with "deuxièmes" or second performances.
Larry Bell chairs the music theory & composition program in NEC's School of Continuing Education, as well as the theory program in our Preparatory School. Acting as accompanist in this concert on two of his own recent song cycles, he will remain at the keyboard for the two-piano version of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring).
Baritone Philip Lima sings Revels, a song cycle based on poems of Ben Jonson (Shakespeare's contemporary), and The Book of Blues, for which Bell also supplied the words. Lima's association with Bell includes the song cycle The Seasons and the creation of the role of Oby in the premiere of Bell's opera Holy Ghosts. Bell says: "Despite the four-hundred-year difference between the 1600s and the 2000s, Jonson's poetry attracted me because of its remarkable relevance to our time."
Jennifer Elowsky-Fox joins Bell for the two-piano version of Rite of Spring. Stravinsky's riotous masterwork remains high on playlists following the 2013 centennial of its premiere. More on this. For Larry Bell as a pianist, this as well as the vocal suites are all second performances: "deuxièmes."
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