This season at New England Conservatory, 30+ concerts demonstrate just how vital music is to human struggle, and what revolution in artistic expression sounds like. Programs range from roots music to Beethoven, fight songs to anti-war anthems. Join our year-long exploration of how music speaks truth to power!
Third Stream Headwaters
Charles Peltz, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities, conducts a program in which he traces the history of NEC's unique Contemporary Improvisation (originally known as Third Stream ) program and the extraordinary music it unleashed. Several of the works will be repeated March 6 when NEC hosts the Concert Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Eastern Division conference.
Highlight of the evening will the first of a series of premiere performances of a work commissioned by NEC from past president Gunther Schuller, who coined the term "Third Stream" as the fusion he foresaw of jazz and classical idioms, and created NEC's program of studies devoted to its blossoming, now called Contemporary Improvisation.
Around the new work will be works that inspired or were inspired by the idea of Third Stream, including:
Percy Grainger Hill Song No. 1 for six oboes
Darius Milhaud La Création du Monde
Gunther Schuller: From Here to There (World Premiere)
Charles Mingus Half-Mast Inhibition world premiere
Solo cellist tba
Milton Babbitt All Set
Frank Zappa Dog Breath Variations
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