July 30, 2010

New England Conservatory Musicians to Perform in Pre-Show Concerts for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Aug. 5—15

New England Conservatory musicians will perform free concerts in a series of pre-show performances for the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), August 5—15.  The Commonwealth Concerts will precede CSC’s production of Othello and take place at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. In addition to the concerts sponsored by NEC, there will be two showcases by apprentices from CSC’s Summer Academy; two performances of CSC’s Shakespeare on Love, a compilation of love scenes and music from William Shakespeare; and a special two-performance Swing Day presented by the Beantown Swing Orchestra.

“We wanted to do something special for our audiences who come out hours before the performance that would also celebrate the wide variety of art in Boston,” said CSC Founding Artistic Director, Steven Maler. “We hope that this will be an opportunity for the audience to enjoy some of the great local music Boston has to offer.”

All performances will take place on the stage at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common near the corner of Tremont & Winter Streets. As with Othello, all shows are free and open to the public of all ages. More detailed information on participating groups and a schedule of performances can be found below. For more information, go to www.commshakes.org  (Photo by Ryan Maxwell)


Grill-Barrett-Boudreau (Thursday, August 5 at 6:30pm) The trio of Laura Grill’s vocals, Brad Barrett on bass and Steve Boudreau on piano is composed of three recent NEC graduates.

Malcolm Campbell Quartet (Friday, August 6 at 6:30pm) includes Malcolm Campbell on piano, Zac Shaiman on sax, Oliver Watkinson on bass, and Jacob Cole on drums.
Beantown Swing Orchestra (Saturday, August 7 4-5:15pm & 6-7pm) is an 18-piece swing orchestra.

Nick Grondin Group (Sunday, August 8 at 5:30pm) The Boston-based Group will present its music as modern instrumental storytelling, inspired by rock, folk and contemporary jazz styles. The Nick Grondin Group: Tammy Scheffer, voice; Aaron Kruziki, alto and soprano saxes; Vivek Patel, trumpet and flugelhorn; Nick Grondin, guitar and compositions; Michel Reis, piano; Greg Loughman, bass; and Lee Fish, drums.

Nadav Remez Quintet (Tuesday, August 10 at 6:30pm) includes Jonathan Greenstein on tenor sax, Nadav Remez on guitar, Julian Shore on piano, Daniel Ori on bass and Nick Falk on drums.

CSC’s Shakespeare on Love (Wednesday, August 11 from 10-11am & Friday, August 13 at 2:00pm) is a compilation of love scenes and music from William Shakespeare performed by apprentices from CSC’s Summer Academy.

Aubrey Johnson Quintet (Wednesday, August 11 at 6:30pm) consists of voice, piano, bass, drums, and guitar.
Katie Seller Group (Saturday, August 14 at 6:30pm) includes four members: voice, piano, bass, and drums. They will be performing originals and jazz standards with some original arrangements.

Art Felluca Group (Sunday, August 15 at 5:30pm) is a 6-horn, 4-rhythm section ensemble, consisting of some of the top young jazz talents in Boston, which explores the intricacies of writing jazz music for six horns and rhythm section. They will be performing three original compositions by Art, entitled Barn Swallow Lane, Chance Encounter, and Inward, as well as an arrangement of Dave Brubeck's Strange Meadow Lark.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, best known for its annual free performances on Boston Common, is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions to the people of Boston. In addition to the annual Boston Common production, the company offers a summer Tour of the Parks, with a Shakespeare inspired program designed for families as well as other Shakespeare-related programming throughout the summer. Previous productions include Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry V, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 106-year old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115