Tuesday Night New Music is a student-run, faculty-supervised concert series that offers the opportunity to hear music by the next generation of composers: current NEC composition students. The series is directed by Katherine Balch '14 Tufts/NEC and Sonnet Swire ’16, under the supervision of composition chair Michael Gandolfi.

The notes on these works were written by the respective composers.

Stephanie Ann Boyd Verdigris: A Fanfare Tarnished
Via Cor
Brian Olson, Michael Edalgo, trumpet
Breanna Ellison, horn
Seville Jenkins, trombone
Kevin Ildefonso, tuba

“Verdigris” literally means green/grey, and translates from Italian to mean patina. A patina, in turn, is a tarnish that forms on the surfaces of many metals, including brass.

In Via Cor, I chose to take inspiration from the ancient Hellenic peoples, drawing from the spirit of pride and stoicism that they brought to their work. I drew from two such acts of this psyche: the solemnity with which they chanted their many odes, and the controlled passion they brought with them to war. Consisting of a fanfare and an ode in musical form, this piece brings to life two distinct and divergent aspects of a Greek warrior’s life.

Chuchu Wen Peephole
Xu Chu, soprano
Jordan Kheng Yong Tan, tenor
Una Tank Cheng, Tsz-Ho Samuel Chan, Harrison Honor, percussion
Heng-Han Hou, violin
Emily Grace Brandenburg, viola
Zhou Yi, cello

A lonely girl fell in love with a boy who was her neighbor. She watched the boy through the peephole when every time he passed by her door. One day, he found out the girl’s weird hobby, and he moved away from the girl’s neighborhood. The girl immersed in the pain that lost the boy in her peephole. We all have a peephole in our mind, and we want to see something that we cannot see in our usual life through the peephole, such as: whom you love but cannot tell; whom you hate and want he/she to disappear; some facts that you cannot change but don’t want to bear neither; some kinds of future that you cannot catch but hunger to have it. What’s in your peephole?

Julian Korzeniowsky Forty Welded Hills
John Cushing, trombone
Billy McShane, baritone saxophone
Pat Kuehn, electric bass

Yeeray Low Prelude and Fugue
Etienne Girard, Hee-Soo Yoon, violin
Nao Kubota, viola
Clare Bradford, cello

Ethan D’Ver Overture to a Missing Show
Jacob Sieckman, soprano saxophone
Will Bridges, alto saxophone
Travis Bliss, tenor saxophone
Billy McShane, baritone saxophone

Date: January 28, 2014 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: Brown Hall


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IT'S LIKE AN ACT OF MURDER; YOU PLAY WITH INTENT TO COMMIT SOMETHING. DUKE ELLINGTON