This event is canceled due to snowstorm.
Led by Stephen Drury of the NEC faculty, Callithumpian Consort is a loose aggregation of NEC students, alumni, and new music enthusiasts that performs locally, on the East Coast, and in Europe. Throughout the year, the group returns to its birthplace—the NEC campus—with performances of contemporary avant-garde music.
Several times each season, Callithumpian Consort is using its concert appearances at NEC and other nearby venues to create a conversation within and between these events. Stephen Drury explains:
"Open For'm is an immersion, an encounter, a multi-dimensional experience. Callithumpian Consort focuses on a single piece of music in a free-form event made of equal parts teach-in, demonstration, free-form discussion, open rehearsal, Q and A session, pre-concert lecture, and post-concert reception. Sit next to and among the performers; experience the music, its history, challenges and beauties from the inside of the group!
Tonight's concert, an encounter with the music of former NEC composition chair Lee Hyla, will continue with a concert at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on February 6 that will include the premiere of a new work by Hyla—Migración—one of several Callithumpian Consort premieres scheduled for the Gardner Museum this season.
From ornithology to Allen Ginsburg's Howl, Lee Hyla has drawn on a wide range of interests to populate his compositional landscape. Currently the Harry and Ruth Wyatt Professor of Theory and Composition at Northwestern University, Hyla is an NEC Outstanding Alumni Award recipient and was a mainstay of NEC's composition faculty for many years, including a period as department chair. His most recent Tzadik recording, My Life on the Plains, alludes to his move to Illinois, but is performed by NEC alumni-led Firebird Ensemble, based here in Boston.
Lee Hyla returns to NEC in June as composer-in-residence for Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice.
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Unreserved seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert's start time.