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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!

Crossing Over

New England Conservatory and NEC Director of Wind Ensemble Activities Charles Peltz host the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference. The conference theme, "Crossing Over," is reflected in programming created for this concert by conductors Peltz and William Drury and performed by the NEC Wind Ensemble and NEC Symphonic Winds.

Gunther SchullerOne highlight of the evening will be premiere concert performances of two works from musicians at the "headwaters" of the Third Stream. From Here to There was 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. Charles Mingus's Half-Mast Inhibition is one of his classic recordings as a track on the 1960 Pre-Bird album—where it was conducted by Schuller—but until now it was never performed before an audience in its original orchestration.

Around the new work will be works that inspired or were inspired by the idea of Third Stream.

Arrive early: Ken Schaphorst will give a pre-concert talk on "Unearthing Mingus's Early Masterpiece," beginning at 6:30pm.

Read Charles Peltz's notes on the Babbitt and Milhaud works.

Read Gunther Schuller's notes on From Here to There.

Read more about the background of Half-Mast Inhibition.

2011-02-12 J.R. Carroll writes about this program in Arts Fuse

Charles Mingus Pre-Bird Works performed by
NEC Wind Ensemble
Charles Peltz, conductor

Milton Babbitt All Set

Gunther Schuller From Here to There world premiere

Charles Mingus Half-Mast Inhibition world premiere
with Yeesun Kim, cello

Frank Zappa moustache logoFrank Zappa Dog Breath Variations

Frank Zappa copyright notice

Performed by NEC Symphonic Winds
William Drury, conductor

Chris Brubeck Concerto for Bass Trombone & Orchestra
Technical Sergeant Matthew C. Erickson, bass trombone

Performed by NEC Jazz Orchestra
Ken Schaphorst, conductor
Nedelka Prescod, vocals

Sammy Nestico arrangements of works from the Sarah Vaughan/Count Basie songbook
Arlen/Koehler I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, Ill Wind
Klenner/Lewis Just Friends
Noble I Hadn't Anyone Till You
Herbert/Dubin Indian Summer
Porter From This Moment On

Pricing for walk-in attendees

All evening concerts are free and open to the public.

Day Pass (includes presentations): $55, $10 for high school teachers with i.d., free for all high school and local college students with i.d.

Three-day conference registration price for college students is $50.

Please register here for the CBDNA conference.

Date: March 6, 2014 - 7:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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