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The General Slocum and
Other Unanswered Questions

A century after he wrote it, Charles Ives's music still provokes questions about what kind of stories a composer can tell, and how. In the works performed tonight, he is essentially Tweeting about subjects that come from the "low art" of newspaper headlines. The General Slocum was a paddle steamer, and its various mishaps repeatedly made front-page copy. The Yale-Princeton Football Game comes straight from the sports pages.

Guest conductor Christopher Wilkins leads the NEC Philharmonia in Ives's provocative works and other music that broke the mold of conventionality.

Christopher WilkinsCurrently music director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins was also present locally during his time as a conducting fellow at Tanglewood and as an orchestral oboist at Tanglewood and with the Boston Philharmonic.

Cellist Minsung Kim '14 M.M. studies with Natasha Brofsky.

Ives The General Slocum
The Yale-Princeton Football Game

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 with soloist Minsung Kim

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Date: March 31, 2014 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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