Charles Peltz presides over an evening of extraordinarily varied music that ranges from Giovanni Gabrieli to Duke Ellington to John Cage. The new, earlier 7pm start time makes it easy for working people and families to attend.
Continuing last year's exploration of the works of Gabrieli, the Wind Ensemble opens with an arrangement of a Canzone.
Gunther Schuller, former NEC President, jazz scholar, conductor, returns to give the young wind players a "lesson" in authentic Duke Ellington style.
Works of Richard Strauss, Cherubini, and Jacob Druckman complete the evening.
The Gabrieli Project
In anticipation of the 400th anniversary of the death of composer Giovanni Gabrieli (c.1555–1612), members of the New England Conservatory community have joined forces to create and disseminate performing editions for modern instruments of some key Gabrieli early editions. The works performed on this season's NEC Wind Ensemble concerts have been edited by NEC Wind Ensemble director Charles Peltz and ;composer Kathryn Salfelder '09.