"part mystical, part comical"
If you've been to a student recital before, you probably expect to hear something like a traditional concert by a touring artist.
Recitals by doctoral students are a somewhat different affair. In the course of completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at New England Conservatory, composers present a recital of their chamber music, then complete a large-scale original work. It's an opportunity to observe multiple facets of an emerging artist.
Tonight's recital is by Matti Kovler, a Russian-born Israeli composer who studies at NEC with Michael Gandolfi and John Heiss, and marks Kovler's completion of the D.M.A. program. Kovler's music has been praised for its "emotive potency" (New York Times), and described as "part mystical, part comical" (Grade A Entrepreneurs). This multimedia evening of Kovler's contemporary acoustic music and video installation by Oliver Simpson is inspired by the miracle of light, and is scheduled to coincide with the first candle of Hanukah.
Susanna Su, soprano
NEC Vocal Ensemble
Nathan Raderman, clarinet
Perry Tal, Kyra Davies, violin
Andrew Israel, viola
Oded Hadar, Jason Coleman, Robert Myers, cello
Em Feeney, vibraphone,
Artem Belogurov, Matti Kovler, piano
Yi-Jung Su, Nate Martin, Chao Chen, Nash Tomey, Ehud Ettun, Kevin Garcon, Brian McAnally, double bass
Kovler's other recent projects include commissions from Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012 Matti founded the Jewish Music Theater, aiming to explore the potential of this genre beyond its fiddler-on-the-roof stereotype.
Tonight's concert is produced in collaboration with New Center Now, Boston.
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