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!

10 majors, 4 countries, 7 difficult conversations, half a cup of anxiety, a heaping portion of exploration, a pinch of breakdown in communication, and a healthy side of humor and irony. That’s the Unconservatory.

This fall, an eclectic team of students banded together to interpret the varied themes of NEC’s Music: Truth to Power festival. The result is a raw performance that explores the process of engaging in difficult conversations to discover one’s truth. Through a series of musical vignettes, you will have the opportunity to react to the highs and lows of the process—from constructive dialogue, to anxiety and misunderstanding, right on through to collaborative action. At the Unconservatory, convention is thrown to the wind—Shostakovich shares the stage with free improvisation, Rzewski mingles with original student compositions, and the audience can finally have their say. Come join the conversation.

Yang, Guang A Person Who First Met a Snare Drum
Bryce Leafman, snare drum

Dramm, David Smack Girl 
Mathilde Geismar, viola and kick drum

Simpson and McShane Dialogue
Shane Simpson, piano
Billy McShane, saxophone

Sullivan, Rebecca Four Ways to Look Hot While Singing in Public
Rebecca Sullivan, Voice

Shostakovitch Violin Concerto Op. 77, No. 1, Mov. 1
Leo Marillier, violin
Tong Wang, piano

Chopin Ballade Op. 23, No. 1
Wesley Chu, piano and recorded voice

Rzewski Les Moutons de Panurge
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Date: February 19, 2014 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: Brown Hall

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